College of Human Sciences
Students are expected to assume responsibility for knowing the rules, regulations, and policies of the university; to learn the requirements pertaining to their degree program; and to consult the catalog, registration guidelines, and degree plans for their major.
Financial Aid to Students. Numerous scholarships and assistantships are available to provide financial assistance and valuable experience to capable students. Write to the scholarship coordinator 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. To receive full-time financial aid, students must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 hours. Some programs allow enrollment in less than full-time hours, but students must check with the Financial Aid Office concerning eligibility for these programs.
Catalog Selection. Students must use the catalog issued for the year in which they were first officially admitted to the college or a more recent catalog if approved. However, if they are not enrolled at Texas Tech for one academic year or have transferred to another college at Texas Tech or another institution, they must be readmitted to the College of Human Sciences and use the catalog in effect at the time of readmission. 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. The advising staff is responsible for assisting students from orientation to graduation. Students should see the website www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/advising/ to obtain information and updates prior to advance registration periods. Schedule of classes, registration, adding and dropping classes, payment of fees, and individual degree plans are available on Raiderlink. Students needing additional assistance may visit with an advisor. To make an appointment, visit www.ttuhs.timetrade.com, call Academic Advising Services at 806.742.1180, or visit the advising office in Human Sciences 159. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Graduation. Graduation is attained by fulfilling the requirements for a bachelor’s degree using an acceptable catalog edition. The student is responsible for fulfilling 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, an official degree audit will be emailed 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 degree audit will be reviewed prior to the last semester and students will be notified by email of any discrepancies that may prevent graduation. Any change in graduation date must be communicated to the Academic Advising Services office.
Last 30 Hours. The last 30 hours prior to graduation must be taken in residence at Texas Tech. “In residence” is defined as any course taught under a Texas Tech number, including distance education courses and those taught at locations other than the Lubbock campus.
Credit by Examination. A matriculated student may attempt credit by examination (see Undergraduate Admissions catalog section).
Course Load. The normal course load for a semester is 15 hours or above. The maximum load for a semester is 19 hours (7 hours for a summer term). Full-time status is 12 hours.
Ineligible Registration. The College of Human Sciences reserves the right to drop any ineligibly registered student from a course for reasons such as lower- or upper-division rule infractions, lack of prerequisites, GPA requirements, and failure to attend the first week of class in HDFS 3411 and 3413. 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 can be filed either before or at the same time as the Intention to Graduate form. 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. Introductory level human sciences courses will be helpful in clarifying career goals. See an academic advisor for additional information.Back to Top
Undergraduate Programs Administered by Office of the Dean
The Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences is designed for students who wish to pursue multiple fields of study within the College of Human Sciences. It provides flexibility for students to explore specific areas of interest, work toward career goals, or prepare for graduate or professional study.
Students are required to select three areas of concentration, which are similar in content to a minor. Each concentration consists of a minimum of 18 semester hours for a total of 54 minimum hours. Two concentrations must be in the College of Human Sciences and may be selected from addictive disorders and recovery studies; apparel design and manufacturing; human development and family studies; interior design; nutritional sciences; personal financial planning; restaurant, hotel, and institutional management; retail management; studies in personal finance, youth development, and family and consumer sciences extension education.
The concentrations in youth development and family and consumer sciences extension education can also be completed as a minor. The 18-hour minor in youth development provides a foundation in human development targeting developmental issues unique to adolescence. Students will learn to work with youth audiences, particularly in promoting comprehensive wellness and leadership development. The 18-hour family and consumer sciences extension education minor consists of extension-based program development and evaluation, including an internship. For information on other concentration areas listed above, see individual program sections of the catalog.
Students are also required to complete the core curriculum required by both the university and the College of Human Sciences for a total of 120 semester hours. For additional information about the requirements and course offerings, see an academic advisor in the College of Human Sciences.
The family and consumer sciences teacher certification program is designed to prepare students for teaching careers in middle and high school family and consumer sciences; adult- and community-based education; Extension Service; educational support services such as curriculum development and media, business, government, human services; and other fields. It includes coursework in all family and consumer sciences content areas and required professional education courses.
The program meets Texas standards for the Family and Consumer Sciences Composite Certificate that qualifies individuals to teach all family and consumer sciences courses offered in Texas secondary schools. Texas has a critical shortage of teachers, and the demand for family and consumer sciences teachers remains strong.
Students seeking teacher certification must meet all requirements outlined in the College of Education section of the catalog. Admission requirements include completion of a minimum of 60 semester hours (including current enrollment) with a 2.5 or better overall GPA and college-level skills in reading, oral and written communication, critical thinking, and mathematics. To be recommended for certification, graduates must maintain a 2.5 or better overall GPA and also a 2.5 or better GPA in all professional education courses and in the teaching field. In addition, graduates must achieve a satisfactory level of performance on the appropriate examinations prescribed by the State Board for Educator Certification.
Students also may earn the Family and Consumer Sciences Composite Certificate as part of a major in human development and family studies. A Specialized Family and Consumer Sciences Certificate in Hospitality, Nutrition, and Food Sciences is available as part of a major in nutrition or in restaurant, hotel, and institutional management. For more information, see the catalog sections for the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and the Department of Nutrition, Hospitality, and Retailing.
Family and consumer sciences certification students may take online courses through the Texas Family and Consumer Sciences Distance Education Alliance. For more information, see www.fcsalliance.org or contact an FCSE advisor.
All teacher certification programs at Texas Tech are accredited by the Texas Education Agency and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
- Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences
- Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences with Teacher Certification
Course descriptions for the college's various specializations can be found within the catalog information for each department. Those courses with a HUSC prefix that are common to many disciplines within the college can be accessed by clicking on the link below.
Associate Professors: Alexander, Allison
Assistant Professors: Dodd, Godfrey
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