Department of Human Sciences Welcome

Welcome to the Human Sciences Home Page! We are so glad that you are interested in our programs, all of which focus on individuals, families and their communities. Whether you are interested in child development or interior design, you will find a curriculum built on theory and skill development. Our goal is to help you develop a foundation for continued learning in your professional and personal endeavors throughout your life.

In each of the program areas, you will find a balance between classroom learning and experiential learning. For example, students in Textiles, Merchandising and Design have the opportunity to attend various apparel markets and participate in a Domestic and International Study Tours. Interior Design students visit the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina and may elect to participate in a New York Study Tour. Family & Consumer Science Education majors are placed in public school settings to observe and work with teachers whereas Nutrition and Food Science majors have opportunities to work in health care facilities. Child Development and Family Studies students participate in service-learning courses and two internships tailored to their career goals.

One of the things that we are most proud of in this department is the community atmosphere. Graduating seniors comment on the quality advising that they have received as well as the accessibility of the faculty. Students feel a sense of belonging where they are known on an individual basis. In addition, we have several student organizations that provide a forum for student participation in their chosen profession. These are just a few of the things that you need to know about the Human Sciences Department. Please let us know if you need additional information after you have reviewed our web site. We hope that you will join the Human Sciences family at MTSU!

MTSU Human Sciences Department Mission

The mission of the Human Sciences Department is to provide educational programs that are integrative and focus on reciprocal relations among individuals, families, and their near environments toward improvement of the quality of life across the lifespan. The programs are designed to prepare graduates for careers in a dynamic and diverse world community. Furthermore, the mission of the department is to provide public service and to utilize or conduct research and/or creative endeavors related to the programs. The departmental mission supports the missions of the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences and the University of assisting students to become educated individuals who are reflective decision-makers.

MTSU Human Sciences Department Goals

  1. Prepare a diverse student body for careers in their field of study within Human Sciences,
  2. Utilize partnerships to support student engagement in the academic and service communities, and
  3. Support faculty development and research/creative endeavors.\

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Mailing Address

Department of Human Sciences
Middle Tennessee State University
Box 86
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Main Office

Ellington Human Sciences 100
Department Chair: Deborah Belcher
Telephone: (615) 898-2884
Fax: (615) 898-5130
Office Hours: 8:00-4:30


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