College of Human Sciences

Professor Linda C. Hoover, Interim Dean

Texas Tech human sciences programs at the baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels are innovative in focus, are relevant to the needs of a rapidly changing society, and are designed to prepare professionals--both men and women--for employment in broad career options.

The college focus is on people, the development of human potential, and the reciprocal relationships between individuals and their environments. Graduates contribute to the functioning of individuals and families and the quality of goods and services available within the diverse global community.

The College of Human Sciences is a professional college, requiring the highest expectations for its graduates. College programs are accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and seven other national accrediting agencies. Additionally, the college offers courses of significance to the general and professional education of students majoring in other colleges and provides continuing education for professionals in human sciences related fields. Most undergraduate degree programs lead to the Bachelor of Science degree. Majors are offered in family financial planning and in clothing, textiles, and merchandising with specializations in fashion design and merchandising; food and nutrition with a specialization in general dietetics; human development and family studies, early childhood, and family and consumer sciences. The college also offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management and the Bachelor of Interior Design degree. For additional information about undergraduate degree programs in the various departments, see the following pages and/or contact the office of Academic Advising Services.

The College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech offers a dynamic curriculum, a well-qualified faculty, outstanding facilities, and a commitment to excellence. In addition to undergraduate majors, the college offers the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees with majors in all departments. Specific information regarding graduate degrees may be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Graduation Requirements. The Bachelor of Science degree will be awarded to all students who fulfill the following minimum requirements:

1. Satisfactory completion of Core Curriculum requirements, human sciences core, major courses, support courses, and electives to reach minimum total hours of 120-137. See specific degree requirements under departments.

2. A minimum adjusted cumulative 2.00 GPA in all Texas Tech courses .

3. A minimum adjusted cumulative 2.00 GPA in all courses in the student's respective major in the College of Human Sciences attempted at Texas Tech.

4. Application for "Intention to Graduate" must be filed one year prior to the graduation semester.

Admission of Transfer Students. Students planning to take their first two years of work at a junior or community college should follow our lower division degree requirements. Up to 66 hours required in the degree program can be accepted from a junior or community college. All hours transfer to the College of Human Sciences for classification purposes, but may not necessarily meet degree plan requirements. Only grades earned while enrolled at Texas Tech are used in calculating the grade-point average for meeting graduation requirements.

General Standards and Requirements. The College of Human Sciences expects the student to assume responsibility for knowing the rules, regulations, and policies of the university and the requirements pertaining to his or her degree program and to consult the Undergraduate Catalog, Directory of Classes, registration guidelines, and degree plans for the major.

Financial Aid to Students. A number of student scholarships and assistantships providing financial assistance, as well as valuable experience to capable students, are available in human sciences. Write to the Dean of the College of Human Sciences, Box 41162, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409-1162. The scholarship application deadline is February 1. Emphasis will be on leadership, service, high school and transfer grade-point averages, test scores, and need.

Catalog Selection. Students will use the catalog issued for the year in which they were first officially admitted to the College of Human Sciences or a more recent catalog. However, if they are not enrolled at Texas Tech for one academic year, or later transfer to another institution or another college at Texas Tech, they will use the catalog in effect when they are readmitted to the College of Human Sciences. For graduation purposes, a catalog expires after seven years.

Academic Advising Services. The purpose of Academic Advising Services is to provide quality service to the faculty and students in the college. Academic advisors are available to address student needs as they arise and to assist students in achieving their goals regarding their education. In order to avoid pitfalls that could delay graduation, students should visit with an academic advisor each semester prior to advance registration to update their degree plan, plan the next semester's courses, and pick up registration information. Schedule of classes, registration, adding and dropping of classes, and payment of fees are available through the TechSIS Web for students <>. Students needing assistance can stop by Human Sciences 134 or call 742-1180.

Graduation. Graduation is attained by fulfilling the requirements for a bachelor's degree using an acceptable catalog edition. It's the student's responsibility to fulfill all catalog requirements. At least one year prior to the graduation semester, students should file a Statement of Intention to Graduate form with Academic Advising Services. After submission of the form, the Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs will complete a degree audit and a Progress Report for Graduating Seniors (list of courses lacking towards completing the degree) will be mailed to the student. Thereafter, students will follow the audited list of remaining courses. Substitutions and minor forms must be filed prior to or at the same time as the Statement of Intention to Graduate. The Progress Report for Graduating Seniors will be reviewed prior to the last semester and students will be notified of any discrepancies which may prevent graduation. The last 30 hours are to be taken in residence at Texas Tech unless permission has been granted by the Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs. This includes correspondence and off-campus courses. Any change in graduation date must be communicated to the office of Academic Advising Services.

Correspondence Courses. All correspondence courses must be approved in writing by the Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs.

Credit by Examination. A matriculated student may attempt credit by examination (described elsewhere in this catalog) by obtaining written approval from the Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs.

Course Load. The normal course load for a semester is 15 to 18 hours. The maximum load for a semester is 19 hours (7 hours for a summer term). A minimum of 12 hours is required for full-time status.

Course Prerequisites. Prerequisites are governed by the catalog in effect when the course is taken.

Ineligible Registration. The College of Human Sciences reserves the right to drop any ineligibly registered student from a course for reasons such as lower division-upper division rule infractions, lack of prerequisites, GPA requirements, and failure to attend the first week of class in HDFS 3311 and 3313. Courses taken ineligibly are not used in the degree program.

Minor. The student should consult with the academic department of the intended minor and have a Minor Approval form signed. Declared minors are filed with the intent to graduate or before. Grades of C or better are required in each course. Specific minors are listed in the departmental areas.

Pass-Fail. A maximum of 13 hours may be taken pass-fail. The pass-fail option may be used for free elective courses. If an ineligible course is taken pass-fail, it must be replaced by the next higher course. Pass-fail hours are excluded in determining eligibility for the Dean's Honor or President's List. No student on probation is allowed the pass-fail option.

Selection of a Major. Freshman-level human sciences courses will be helpful in clarifying career goals. See an academic advisor for additional information.

Substance Abuse Studies. The colleges of Human Sciences and Arts and Sciences jointly offer an interdisciplinary minor in substance abuse studies (SAS). This minor is designed for students with professional, academic, or personal interest in addictive disorders. It will provide students with an understanding of the physiological, psychological, societal, and familial factors contributing to addiction and the recovery from addiction. It is recommended that the 18 hours of course work be taken in this order:

I. Take this class first: HDFS 3325, Family Dynamics of Addiction.

II. Take this class last: HDFS 4325, Treatment of Addictive Disorders.

III. Take two or three of these classes in any order: HDFS 2327, Substance Abuse Prevention; HLTH 3325, Health and Chemical Dependency; SOC 3383, Alcohol, Drugs, and Society; PSY 4325, Drugs, Alcohol, and Behavior.

IV. Take remaining classes in any order: FCSE 3325, Educational Programming: Addiction Issues; HDFS 3329, Addictive Relationships; FFP 2325, Family Financial Counseling.

V. One of these classes may be substituted for Group IV: HDFS 3321, Human Sexuality; HDFS 3326, Families in Crisis; HDFS 3317, Problems of Adolescence; SOC 4327, Juvenile Delinquency; SOC 4325, Criminology.

The Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the Texas Certification Board of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors accept completion of this minor as fulfillment of all required academic hours of training for licensure and certification.

Additional information may be obtained from the Program Director, Dr. Carl Andersen, Center for the Study of Addiction, Human Sciences Building, 172.

Courses in Human Sciences. (HUSC)

1100. Introduction to Human Sciences (1:1:0). Overview of the College of Human Sciences and instruction on how to study within the college can help prepare a student for academic and personal success. Topics include personal and family relationships, personal finance, nutrition, academic advising, etc. Required first semester.

2000. Special Studies (VI-6). A course for lower-level human sciences majors for individual study or special problems.

3214. Human Sciences Seminar (2:2:0). Prerequisite: Human Sciences majors only, junior or senior standing. Recommended to be taken one year prior to anticipated graduation. Integrative approach and professional orientation to societal issues, including public policy, ethics, cultural diversity, and global interdependence.

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