DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, HOSPITALITY AND FOOD SCIENCE
In the Department of Human Development, Hospitality and Food Science (HHFS), ECU students gain meaningful experience for countless career opportunities, helping them create better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. Studying Human Development, Hospitality and Food Science prepares students for careers in foods and nutrition, design and consulting, research, education, media, child development, human services, retail merchandising, and consumer affairs.

The concentrations offered for a Bachelor of Science in Human Development, Hospitality and Food Science include: 

  • Retail Merchandising provides specialized training for a diverse and challenging career in the retail industry. Opportunities include hands-on training; internship experience; and participation in fashion productions, retail study tours, Career Day Dallas, and other career-related opportunities. 
  • General Family and Consumer Science provides students with opportunities for a variety of career choices. Qualified family and consumer scientists are in good demand as extension consultants, family and consumer scientists in business, and as employees in manufacturing and advertising. 
  • The concentration in Early Care is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for careers as early care education master teachers or program administrators, parent education instructors, early intervention instructors, program teachers for infants to school-age children, and social services agents in child and family programs. This option is open only to individuals who have earned an associate’s degree in child development or early childhood from a partnering community college.

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, HOSPITALITY AND FOOD SCIENCE - GENERAL CONCENTRATION
The options in the B.S. degree in Human Development, Hospitality and Food Science at ECU provide many opportunities for career choices. Trained in the General Family and Consumer Concentration, qualified family and consumer scientists are in good demand as extension consultants, as family and consumer scientists in business, and as employees in manufacturing and advertising.

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, HOSPITALITY AND FOOD SCIENCE - RETAIL MERCHANDISING CONCENTRATION
The Retail Merchandising Concentration in ECU's Human Development, Hospitality and Food Science program is designed specifically to train one in merchandising skills necessary for employment in the fast-paced retail world. Retail Merchandising majors graduate with strong preparation in management and a keen business sense, enabling them to manage people and resources, analyze and research information, and make decisions. It focuses on subjects that can be applied to a variety of career options in the fashion industry.

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, HOSPITALITY AND FOOD SCIENCE - TEACHER CERTIFICATION
The concentration in Human Development, Hospitality and Food Science Education at ECU leads to certification for teaching in secondary schools. Because of the diversity of high school courses they may teach, students take courses in different areas - clothing and textiles, foods and nutrition, consumerism, housing, child development, family relationships, and resource management.

The Human Development, Hospitality and Food Science Education option integrates professional preparation for teaching with subject concentrations leading to teacher certification in both general and occupational Human Development, Hospitality and Food Science. The areas of specialized study include those areas most commonly taught in the classroom - child development, clothing and textiles, consumer education, food and nutrition, housing, family relationships, and careers. The student conducts internship teaching experiences in a school system with a career and technology Human Development, Hospitality and Food Science program.

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, HOSPITALITY AND FOOD SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIPS
Incoming freshmen are encouraged to apply for the Human Development, Hospitality and Food Science Department Trease Layton Academic Award, while sophomores may apply for the Grace George Scholarship. Scholarship grants for qualifying upper-classmen in Human Development, Hospitality and Food Science are available through the Francisco-Hatchett Endowment. The Grace Hyder Richmond Award is a monetary award given to the student judged each year by the Human Development, Hospitality and Food Science faculty to be the outstanding Family and Consumer Sciences senior.

Trease Layton Scholarship Information (PDF)
Trease Layton Scholarship Application (Word)
Grace George Scholarship Application (PDF)
Watson Scholarship (PDF)
Grace Hyder Richmond Award (PDF)
Teacher Education Scholarship Application (Word)

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CONTACT

Jan Long, Chair
Human Development,
Hospitality and Food Science
Faust Hall, Room 216
580-559-5743
jmlong@ecok.edu

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Minors Offered

- Human Development,
Hospitality and Food Science
- Fashion Merchandising