DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, HOSPITALITY AND FOOD SCIENCE
Human Development, Hospitality and Food Science (HHFS) is located on the 2nd floor of Faust Hall. Students are encouraged to join organizations that support their professional area of interest and students of high academic achievement are invited to join the honor society of Phi Upsilon Omicron. The department offers a Bachelor of Science Degree with four concentrations: 1) Design, Buying, and Apparel Management, 2) Food Science, 3) Hospitality & Event Management, and 4) Human Development, Hospitality and Food Science.
Walk into Faust Hall on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon and one can smell the HHFS Foods Lab at work. The Food Production Management and Food Science courses tantalize the building with delicious smells from our lab. Coursework in the department varies between hands-on labs and planning real-life events, to on-line classes that allow for flexible scheduling. This mix of tradition and technology are designed to provide the fundamental knowledge and skills for today's professionals. Our philosophy is to "learn by doing" so we develop our own food products, conduct market research, evaluate them, use data to make changes, and run a class-based business. Students run real events in event management courses. Advertisements for our business are made in Consumerism class. Our classes build on one another to practice real-life problem solving and decision making.
Our vision is to prepare students for successful entrance into private and public industry, pursue post-baccalaureate studies, or to becomes successful small business owners. We accomplish that by being a small enough department to give students individualized attention so we can support them while they are on their path to success.
Several courses in the Human Development, Hospitality and Food Science Department are concerned with humans through the life cycle and therefore are supportive electives for majors in psychology, sociology, professional programs in human services. Human Development and Nutrition courses are provided for degree requirements in the Nursing, Early Childhood Education, and Kinesiology Departments. Nutrition is an optional general education class available to students majoring in any discipline. Lower and upper-level departmental offerings are available to any ECU student.
Entering freshmen who are HHFS majors are invited to apply to the Human Development, Hospitality and Food Science Department for the Trease Layton Academic Award. Scholarship grants for qualifying upperclassmen are available through the Grace George Scholarship and Watson Centennial Family and Grace Hyder Richmond Award. All majors, minors, and others interested in HHFS are eligible for membership in the Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Majors are eligible for membership in the Oklahoma Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
HUMAN DEVLOPMENT, HOSPITALITY AND FOOD SCIENCE PROGRAM
All concentrations include an academic foundation in nutrition, food science, safety, and sanitation, food production, resource and personnel leadership, and human development (lifespan, prenatal to emerging adult, and adult spectrum). Within this coursework, majors expand their knowledge and skills of people in the context of cultures, development, needs, and motivations to be able to train, lead, encourage, communicate with and advance individuals and teams to accomplish personal and professional goals. Students practice the business side of the Hospitality industry via internal and external customer service experiences selling food products, working and managing labs, organizing event planning teams, volunteering as dinner servers for large ECU events, participating in video call client meetings for class and more. Additionally, in the junior or senior year, all students are required to complete an internship. This 90-hour experience places majors in a work location within an industry of interest to bridge them from student to successful professional. During the internship course, students will also complete online course requirements to document this capstone experience.
DESIGN, BUYING, AND APPAREL MANAGEMENT CONCENTRATION
The Design, Buying, and Apparel Management option prepares students in textiles, clothing and interior design, social media marketing, on-line and direct sales, and management. Hands-on opportunities are provided that broaden the scope of education and experience in retail. These include participation in event productions, and career-related experiences within the community.
FOOD SCIENCE CONCENTRATION
Students in the Food Science option obtain foundational science coursework with instruction in food safety and sanitation, personnel training and leadership. By combining biology and chemistry coursework with the management side of our Hospitality programming and the people skills from Human Development, students pursue careers in food production management, as nutrition educators, or choose to continue their education to become Registered Dietitians.
HOSPITALITY & EVENT MANAGEMENT CONCENTRATION
Within the Hospitality & Event Management option, students develop their skills to create and run successful events through real-life projects with current technologies to prepare for careers in accommodations, restaurants, resorts, transportation and tours, casinos, convention centers, cruise ships, nightclubs, sports competitions, concerts, and more. Coursework in this concentration prepares students for a broad range of careers where they will serve and entertain people. Certificates in Hospitality & Tourism and Event Planning are included when taking coursework in this concentration.
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, HOSPITALITY AND FOOD SCIENCE CONCENTRATION
Human Development, Hospitality and Food Science students choose this concentration for the greatest variety of coursework. Add one or both of our Certificates for additional specializations. This option equips students to pursue teaching careers with sufﬁcient expertise to meet alternative certiﬁcation requirements and successful completion of state competency tests. This option also prepares students for non-teaching positions in county extension service, child care professionals, after-school program administrators, parent education instructors, industry, business, health care, social services agents in child and family programs and human services.
MINOR IN HOSPITALITY & FOOD SCIENCE
In addition to the Human Development, Hospitality and Food Science degree programs, a minor in HHFS is offered to allow students to gain more in-depth knowledge and skill in Hospitality & Food Science and provides excellent supportive coursework to other major programs offered at ECU.
MINOR IN HOSPITALITY & EVENT MANAGEMENT
In addition to the Human Development, Hospitality and Food Science degree programs, a minor in HHFS is offered to allow students to gain more in-depth knowledge and skill in Hospitality & Event Management and provides excellent supportive coursework to other major programs offered at ECU.
CERTIFICATE IN HOSPITALITY & TOURISM
This certificate program will increase the hospitality and tourism knowledge and skills of current university students and certificate seeking working adults. The combination of courses prepares individuals in culturally appropriate hospitality and tourism careers which include food service. The blend of management, consumer marketing, leadership, and hands-on work in the food science and production lab courses prepares students for the capstone of the 90-hour internship. The internship allows students to demonstrate their mastery of the skills and learning from the coursework. In Oklahoma, Food Services, Tribal Gaming Operations, Food and Beverage Stores, Food Manufacturing, and Accommodations make up five of the top 30 industries by employment (Oklahoma Tribal Survey, 2016). Students completing this certificate program will be prepared to take the National Restaurant Association ServSafe Manager certification exam.
CERTIFICATE IN EVENT PLANNING – Offered Online
This certificate program will increase the hospitality and event management knowledge and skills of current university students and certificate seeking working adults. The combination of courses prepares individuals in culturally appropriate hospitality and event management careers. The combination of general Human Development and specialized event, hospitality, consumer marketing, leadership coursework prepares students for work in the event planning field working for a venue, conference center, corporation, sports team, theatre, non-profit, or as a private contractor. All courses available online.