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Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2022 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Human Sciences

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Dr. Brenda A. Martin


Brenda A. Martin
Loretta K. Crippen

Associate Professors

Janette R. Wheat

Assistant Professors

Alice Ajanga
Kay Dutram
Marilyn Bailey-Jefferson
Devaranjan Sankar


Ying Hua Gao-Balch
Lucille Meadows
Yunru Shen

Extension Assistant Specialist

Tamera Ford

The Department of Human Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Sciences with options as follows: Foodservice/Restaurant Management; Human Development and Family Studies; Merchandising, Textiles and Design; and Nutrition and Food Science; Programs are accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).

The mission of the Department of Human Sciences is to provide educational research and outreach programs that prepare individuals, families, and communities to live an optimal and sustaining quality of life. It prepares graduates for competitive careers in Southeast Arkansas and the global market place, and for graduate and professional schools.

Department of Human Sciences Degree Programs Goals

In keeping with the mission of the department, the Goals of the Department of Human Sciences are to:

  1. Offer relevant and exemplary academic programs to respond to existing and emerging careers;
  2. Engage faculty/staff and students in mission-oriented research and creative activities to solve stakeholder problems and enhance the quality of life;
  3. Develop research programs that create new knowledge based on emerging research trends;
  4. Provide educational programs and experiences that prepare students for careers in human sciences and related fields, and for graduate and professional schools;
  5. Review and update the departmental assessment plan for teaching, research and outreach programs.


The department requires that students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Human Sciences follow the curriculum and fulfill the following institutional requirements for graduation:

  • Complete general education requirements;
  • Exit University College;
  • Complete departmental requirements;
  • Make a passing score on the English Proficiency Examination. (The department advises students to take this examination prior to the first semester of their junior year);
  • Earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses; and
  • Take a comprehensive examination in their major program area.

A student may elect a minor with the consent of his/her advisor and by completing 24 hours or more in a specific area.

The Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences includes four options with the following associated credit hour requirements:

Human Development and Family Studies - 120
Merchandising, Textiles and Design - 120
Nutrition and Food Science - 120
Food Service and Restaurant Management - 120
Human Sciences Education- 123



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