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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

College of Human Sciences

Dean: Michael Delp; Assistant Dean: Gregory J. Harris; Mack and Effie Campbell Tyner Eminent Scholars: Konrad Bloch (deceased), John Kinsella (deceased), Francis D. Fincham, William Ruben, William Jerome Vereen, Richard Lerner, James Banks, Richard Palmiter, Susan Watkins; Deans Emeritae: Margaret A. Sitton, Penny Ralston, Billie Collier

The College of Human Sciences, which began in 1905, is the flagship program in human sciences in Florida and has as its mission to address global challenges and opportunities related to the physical, behavioral, and economic factors influencing the health and development of individuals, families, and communities. The College, which through its mission focuses on some of the most urgent issues in society, includes:

  • bachelor's programs in three academic departments: (1) Family and Child Sciences (FCS); (2) Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences (NFES); and (3) Retail, Merchandising and Product Development (RMPD),
  • master's and doctoral programs in two of the departments: (1) Family and Child Sciences (FCS); (2) Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences (NFES).

The baccalaureate degree programs are sufficiently broad to provide graduates with choices upon entering the job market. The reputation of the programs through the years means that graduates are regularly sought for professional positions in corporations, human services, public schools, hospitals, and other health agencies, among others.

Although the programs within the College are diverse, students graduate with an integrative approach in addressing societal concerns; critical thinking skills regarding issues affecting individuals, families, and communities; and fundamental competencies necessary to carry out professional roles. In addition, select programs require faculty supervised practica and internships, which provide students with the experience of applying theoretical and research knowledge.

The various student organizations in the College provide opportunities to extend interaction with faculty and professional leaders through a variety of activities, including field trips, service projects, and seminars. Many students increase their leadership and communication skills through involvement in these organizations.

The College has a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and a Dietetic Internship (DI) accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education (CADE), an athletic training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), a doctoral program in marriage and family therapy accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), and a Certification in Family Life Education approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).

The College has an Eminent Scholar in Family and Child Sciences who directs the Family Institute. The department of Family and Child Sciences also operates the Center for Couple and Family Therapy and the Center for Better Health and Life in Underserved Populations. Other centers and institutes within the College include the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging, the Florida State University Retail Innovation Center joint with the department of Retail, Merchandising and Product Development, and the College of Business, and the Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine.

Facilities

The College has several new state of the art instructional laboratories in the newly renovated and expanded William Johnston Building. Included in this space are laboratories that enhance and enrich the student's education in merchandising (the Macy's Laboratory), technology (the Office Depot Technology Center), product development, nutrition informatics, experimental foods, food science, food sensory analysis, exercise testing and prescription, body composition assessment, blood chemistry analysis, and athletic training. Specialized laboratories in the Sandels Building include the textiles laboratory complex, which provides students chemical and physical testing facilities for end-use performance of textile products; and the historic clothing and textiles laboratory, which houses the Carter Collection of Peruvian Textiles and an extensive collection of accessories and children's and women's wear. Additionally, the Family and Child Sciences Department has several new teaching and research laboratories.

Opportunities

Undergraduate students may participate in Honors in the Major (see the "University Honors Office and Honor Societies" chapter of this General Bulletin) and may pursue a double major consisting of a combination of two degree programs. Practica are required in family and child sciences and athletic training. Internships are an integral part of the degree program in retail, merchandising and product development. Students majoring in family and child sciences may opt to have an internship if required academic criteria are met. Students who complete the DPD Program are eligible to apply for post-baccalaureate accredited dietetic internships in selected hospitals and community settings. The College of Human Sciences also offers a Living-Learning Center at Reynolds Hall with an emphasis on pre-health professions.

Scholarships/Awards

The College awards monetary scholarships annually. In addition, monetary scholarships are awarded annually by each department. Some of the awards are based on academic performance, some on need, and some on a combination of both.

Undergraduate Degree Programs in Human Sciences

Department of Family and Child Sciences

Family and Child Sciences

Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences

Food and Nutrition with majors in:

  • Dietetics
  • Food and Nutrition Science
  • Athletic Training
  • Exercise Science

Department of Retail, Merchandising and Product Development

Clothing, Textiles, and Merchandising with a major in:

  • Retail, Merchandising and Product Development

Core Requirements for all Baccalaureate Degrees in Human Sciences

To receive a baccalaureate degree from the College of Human Sciences, students must complete FAD 2230 and a minimum of three semester hours outside their own major in one of the three departments in the College of Human Sciences.

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts Degrees

Candidates for baccalaureate degrees must comply with the general regulations governing baccalaureate degrees. Students in the College of Human Sciences may not receive more than nine semester hours of credit toward the degree from courses in office skills or in applied music and music activities. Also, students may receive up to two semester hours in physical education activities, which can be counted toward the degree. Candidates for the bachelor of arts degree must meet the foreign language requirement and other special requirements of the University.

Admission Requirements for College of Human Sciences

To transfer from undergraduate studies into one of the departments in the College of Human Sciences, the student must have a GPA of at least a 2.0. In addition, students who are not subject to mapping must satisfy the following departmental prerequisites:

  • For the Department of Family and Child Sciences, at least a "B–" in CHD 2220, CHD 3243, FAD 2230, FAD 3343, and STA 2XXX such that students are only allowed two attempts in two of the five courses to achieve the required final grade of a "B–".
  • For the Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences, at least a "B–" in HUN 1201 and at least a "C+" in PET 3322
  • For the Department of Retail, Merchandising and Product Development, specified courses for the major of retail, merchandising and product development must be completed with a grade of "C" or better (see department listing).

Academic Performance and Retention

The College of Human Sciences reserves the right to discontinue enrollment of any student in the major at any time if satisfactory academic progress is not being made. In addition to satisfying academic mapping milestones or the above departmental prerequisites for students who are not subject to academic mapping, the following are the specific departmental academic performance and retention policies:

  • For the Department of Family and Child Sciences, students majoring in family and child sciences must obtain at least a "B–" in the practicum course FAD 4805. The minimum grade required in other courses beyond the prerequisite courses and the practicum experience is "C–".
  • For the Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences, students majoring in dietetics, food and nutrition science, athletic training, or exercise science must achieve a "C–" or better in all other required courses unless specified for certain courses.
  • For the Department of Retail, Merchandising and Product Development, students majoring in retail, merchandising and product development must achieve:
  • a "C" or better in all other required courses and have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better to apply for the internship;
  • a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better to take courses in the internship block.