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College of Human Sciences

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Department Degree Program Name Learning Outcomes Testimonials

Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences

Community, Family and Addiction Sciences (BS)

  • Human Services Professional Skills: Students will demonstrate skills necessary to succeed as a human services professional, such as grant writing, financial management, supervision, program development, and program evaluation
  • Knowledge and Application of Addictive Disorders: Students will demonstrate knowledge and application of the theoretical approaches to understanding and treating addictive disorders, including prevention and recovery.
  • Work Effectively with Diverse Populations: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the field of human services and the ability work effectively with diverse populations.

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"The classes offered within my degree plan provided me with a diverse range of subjects that actually apply to our everyday relationships and issues that take place within our country, community, and even our own families. This knowledge has equipped me with the skills that I need to empathize with populations in need and meet them where they are at to work with them. Since my degree required a practicum experience, I was able to gain real world experience that will make me all the more marketable when I graduate, and it has given me a greater understanding of what workers in my field do to help their communities every day."

-Madison Campbell, Bachelor's in Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences

Community, Family and Addiction Sciences

Marriage and Family Therapy (MS)

  • Relational/Systemic Therapy Students will demonstrate the ability to provide Couple, Marriage, and Family Therapy from a relational/systemic perspective.
  • Science Informed Students will demonstrate the ability to operate from a science informed perspective.
  • Addiction and Recovery Science Students will demonstrate their understanding of the application of addiction and recovery science to relational/systemic clinical intervention.

Lauren Creger

"My time at Texas Tech has been spent working at the university's department of Parent & Family Relations, studying Marriage and Family Therapy, growing as a therapist in the Family Therapy Clinic, supporting students at the Student Counseling Center, working on research teams and serving others through helping develop a counseling program at the Division of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. Saying I feel prepared, supported, and ready to succeed is an understatement."

- Lauren Elizabeth Creger, Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy

Community, Family and Addiction Sciences

Marriage and Family Therapy (PhD)

  • Relational/Systemic Research: Students will demonstrate the ability to conduct high quality relational/systemic research.
  • Advanced Relational/Systemic Clinical: Students will demonstrate an advanced understanding of clinical intervention using a relational/systemic perspective.
  • Relational/Systemic Supervision: Students will demonstrate an understanding of relational/systemic clinical supervision.

 

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"When I graduate, I will be an approved supervisor with my guild, the requirements for which I will meet as a function of my degree, and is a common requirement for assistant professor positions. I also had the opportunity to do a 2-article dissertation, which will give me multiple publications from my dissertation work, increasing marketability. My program also offered advanced statistical courses not typically offered in other Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) PhD programs.
I believe Texas Tech and the Rawls College of Business have instilled in me the work ethic necessary to strive in the workforce. I have learned a lot regarding the marketing discipline and the necessary skills that I believe will help me succeed in a future career."

- Rachel Dansby, PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy

Design

Apparel Design and Manufacturing (BS)

  • Design Techniques: At the end of the third semester, students should be able to demonstrate fundamental design skills of garment construction, flat patterns and draping design.
  • Design Communication (Mastery Design) Skills: At the end of the senior year, students should be able to demonstrate design communication skills, fabric identification, structure design, design category, illustration skills, the use of CAD, and professionalism.
  • Professional Work Skills: At the end of the internship program, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to work at entry level positions in apparel design and manufacturing milieu.
  • Competitive Design: At the end of third year, students should be able to demonstrate competitive design skills.
 

Design

Environmental Design (MS)

  • Design Competency: By the end of the first year, students will be able to investigate research questions in a study and apply design recommendations or solutions.
  • Design Communication: By the end of the program, student will be able to communicate in written,oral, and graphic formats.
  • Conduct Original Research: By the end of the program, students will be able to conduct an original research study using appropriate methods.
 
 

Design

Interior and Environmental Design (PhD)

  • Theorectical Analysis: By the end of the program, students will be able to analyze theoretical concepts of the human-environment relationship and appy them to a research study.
  • Design Proficiency: By the end of the first year, students will be able to investigate research questions in a study and apply design recommendations or solutions.
  • Original Research: Competence By the end of the program, students will be able to conduct an original research study using appropriate methods
 

Design

Interior Design (BID)

  • Student Foundations: Students will have a foundation in the fundamentals of art and design, basic and creative arts, theories of design, interior design skills, technical knowledge and communication skills, and human behavior.
  • Skills and Laws: Students will demonstrate the technical, communication, and presentation abilities to design within the context of building systems, to use appropriate materials and products, and to apply the laws, codes, regulations, standards, and practices that protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
  • Work Capable: Students will demonstrate professional practices.
 

Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences (BSFCS)

  • Foundation knowledge and skills: Integrate foundation knowledge and skills of family and consumer sciences.
  • Content expertise: Develop content expertise in the areas of Family Studies and Human Services; Human Development, Education, and Services; Nutrition, Wellness, and Food Science; Food, Lodging, and Hospitality; Consumer and Resource Management; Textiles and Apparel; and Environmental Design.
  • Design: Design instruction and assessment to promote student learning.
  • Classroom environment: Create a positive, safe, and productive classroom environment.
  • Instruction and Assessment: Implement effective, responsive instruction and assessment
  • Roles and Responsibilities: Fulfill professional roles and responsibilities.

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"I have been able to complete observations and student teaching in the classes that I would like to teach once out of school. They showed me early on that I wanted to be a teacher more than anything. Working with students who came from different beliefs and backgrounds has prepared me to work with students of all types. My classes have also taught me how to problem solve which showed me there are often many different ways to get something done which is important to know in a classroom setting."

- Haley Marcus, Bachelor's in Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences (MS)

  • Teaching and assessment: Demonstrate effective teaching and assessment strategies for use with a variety of adolescent and adult audiences.
  • Content expertise: Develop content expertise in family and consumer sciences.
  • Curriculum design: Apply theories of curriculum design to the development of family and consumer sciences curriculum.
  • Educational leadership: Analyze the role of the teacher in educational leadership
  • Current issues and trends: Assess current issues and trends that have implications for public education.
  • Research skills: Develop skills for conducting research in educational settings and applying research findings to professional practice.
 

Family and Consumer Sciences

DE - Family and Consumer Sciences Education (MS)

  • Content expertise: Develop content expertise in family and consumer sciences.
  • Teaching and assessment: Demonstrate effective teaching and assessment strategies for use with a variety of adolescent and adult audiences.
  • Curriculum design: Apply theories of curriculum design to the development of family and consumer sciences curriculum.
  • Educational leadership: Analyze the role of the teacher in educational leadership.
  • Current issues and trends: Assess current issues and trends that have implications for public education.
  • Research skills: Develop skills for conducting research in educational settings and applying research findings to professional practice.
 

Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences (PhD)

  • Classroom teaching: Plan and implement effective classroom teaching in a higher education environment.
  • Evaluation: Develop appropriate evaluation tools to evaluate student learning.
  • Curriculum: Utilize theory-based models of curriculum for application in educational settings and related areas.
  • Current issues and trends: Analyze current issues and/or trends that impact family and consumer sciences education.
  • Research: Develop skills for conducting research in educational settings.
  • Leadership: Develop skills required for professional leadership.

Carmen Persersen

"In the opportunities I've had at Texas Tech, I now qualify to be an assistant professor in teacher-education programs. As student, I've had the chance to teach, recruit future students, supervise student teachers, present by research at the state, national, and international level, and work on a variety of projects and grants. I'm thankful for the opportunities that have been afforded to me as I take on my next step."

-Carmen Perdersen, PhD in Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences

DE - Family and Consumer Sciences Education (PhD)

  • Classroom teaching: Plan and implement effective classroom teaching in a higher education environment.
  • Evaluation: Develop appropriate evaluation tools to evaluate student learning.
  • Curriculum: Utilize theory-based models of curriculum for application in educational settings and related areas.
  • Current issues and trends: Analyze current issues and/or trends that impact family and consumer sciences education.
  • Research: Develop skills for conducting research in educational settings.
  • Leadership Develop skills required for professional leadership.
 

Hospitality and Retail Management

Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management (BSRHIM)

  • Communication Competence: Communicate effectively and appropriately (orally and in writing).
  • Financial Document Utilization: Prepare, maintain, analyze and utilize financial documents and data related to hospitality management organizations
  • Management Practices: Discuss, examine, and evaluate management practices in the hospitality industry
  • Hospitality Ethics: Define, discuss, give examples of, and examine ethical issues related to hospitality management organizations.
  • Social, Multicultural and Environmental Issues: Comprehend the social, multicultural, and environmental dimensions of issues facing professionals in hospitality management.
 

Hospitality and Retail Management

Hospitality and Retail Management (MS)

  • Financial Document Utilization: Prepare, maintain, analyze, and utilize financial documents and data related to hospitality and retailing management operations.
  • Management Practices: Discuss, examine, and analyze management practices in the hospitality and retailing industry
  • Communication Practices: Prepare and communicate discipline-specific information in written and oral forms.
  • Research Competence: Students will be able to demonstrate competency in research through creation of a completed research project
  • Integrate and Appraise: Integrate and appraise the relationships among the various segments of the hospitality and retailing industry.
 

Hospitality and Retail Management

Hospitality Administration (PhD)

  • Communication Competence: Communicate effectively and appropriately (orally and in writing).
  • Financial Document Utilization: Prepare, maintain, analyze and utilize financial documents and data related to hospitality management organizations
  • Management Practices: Discuss, examine, and evaluate management practices in the hospitality industry
  • Hospitality Ethics: Define, discuss, give examples of, and examine ethical issues related to hospitality management organizations.
  • Social, Multicultural and Environmental Issues: Comprehend the social, multicultural, and environmental dimensions of issues facing professionals in hospitality management.
 

Hospitality and Retail Management

Retail Management (BS)
  • Trend analysis: Students will be able to examine retail management in the context of current or past trends
  • Use technology: Students will develop software skills used in the retail industry.
  • Oral communication: Students will be able to create a professional presentation that clearly demonstrates the student's command of topics in the retail industry.
  • Written communication: Students will be able to compose a paper which coherently and logically expresses his or her ideas.
  • Problem Solving: Students will be able to compare and contrast retail concepts using critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Shannon Hirl

"Being a part of a program that provides students with so many outlets for practice and real-world experiences is such a privilege. Not only this, but the program is run by professors who have truly invested their life into helping the students become the best that they can. Their devotion and love for retail and the students has pushed me to apply myself in ways I never knew I could and therefore better prepared me for the real world and excelling in my future career."

- Shannon Hirl, Bachelor's in Hospitality and Retail Management

Human Development and Family Studies

Early Childhood (BS)  
  • Normative Developmental Milestones: Students will demonstrate a comprehension of normative developmental milestones in all domains of development for children
  • Understanding of Major Theories: Early Childhood Students will demonstrate an understanding of major theories of human development and of how to apply them to create appropriate learning experiences for young children
  • Developmental Practices: Students will demonstrate an understanding of developmentally appropriate practices for children
 

Human Development and Family Studies

Human Development and Family Studies (BS)  
  • Cultural and Structural Diversity: Students will demonstrate a comprehension of the cultural and structural diversity in family forms/dynamics.
  • Understanding of Major Theories: Students will demonstrate an understanding of major theories of human development and family studies.
  • Research Methodology: Students will demonstrate a comprehension of research methods utilized in human development and family studies
  • Development Processes and Outcomes: Students will demonstrate a comprehension of development processes and outcomes across the lifespan.

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 "After graduating from Texas Tech, I plan on working for about two years and then I plan to start law school. My Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) degree will allow me to choose from a wide variety of jobs after graduation, from working with children, to human resources, to really any job where I will be working constantly with other people. My major focuses on how humans develop and provides a clear understanding of why people are the way they are. That's why finding a job will be fairly easy after I graduate, because in many fields it is crucial to understand the people you'll be working with. My major also requires me to complete a practicum, and I am completing mine at the Lubbock District Attorney's Office. This gives me lots of practice being around other lawyers and prepares me for what a job in that field looks like."

- Elaina Nixon, Bachelor's in Human Development and Family Studies

Human Development and Family Studies

Human Development and Family Studies (MS)

  • Methods and Statistics: Students will be capable of designing and conducting research having the potential of making a substantial contribution to the literature, as well as successfully analyzing data quantitatively.
  • Theoretical Understanding: Human Development and Family Studies Students will demonstrate an understanding of the major theories and frameworks used in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Professional Development: Students will demonstrate professional development through their coursework, professional conference/meeting attendance, and work in their assistantships (as applicable)
 
 

Human Development and Family Studies

Human Development and Family Studies (PhD)
  • Theoretical Framework, Understanding, and Integration: Students will develop progressively from an understanding of the major theories and frameworks used in Human Development and Family Studies, through how to recognize appropriate and inappropriate application of these theories and frameworks in peer reviewed research, to how to develop a study that integrates the appropriate theoretical model in a way that fits with the tenets of that model, and finally, how to present findings of that study in a way that appropriately uses the theoretical model in explaining the study's findings.
  • Methods and Statistics: Students will be capable of designing and conducting research having the potential of making a substantial contribution to the literature. Students will show a level of expertise which demonstrates their ability to take responsibility for their research.
  • Professional Development: Students will progress through the PhD program, developing as professionals as they go, with the end result being professionals ready to succeed in an academic, research, or other challenging career path.
 

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"The PhD program in Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) has prepared me for a career in academia by offering opportunities for research, including leading a major longitudinal research project and publishing in major journals. Additionally, I have gained experience teaching multiple courses in my field. Marketable skills I have gained include writing, editing, public speaking, and mentorship of undergraduate students. All of these will be useful to me as I begin my career as a professor."

- Jennifer Chapman, PhD in Human Development and Family Studies

Nutritional Sciences

Nutritional Sciences (BS)

  • In Depth Knowledge: Students will have an in-depth and comprehensive knowledge of the nutrition
  • Ability to Solve Nutrition Problems: Students will be able to use the knowledge gained to solve practical problems in nutrition.
  • Communication Competency: Student will be able to effectively communicate nutrition information in written and oral form
 
 

Nutritional Sciences

Nutritional Sciences (MS)

  • In Depth Knowledge: Students will demonstrate comprehensive knowledge within the field, such as the role of nutrition in health and chronic & acute illnesses
  • Ability to Perform Research: Student will be able to design research effective research in the field of nutrition
  • Communication Competency: Student will be able to effectively communicate nutrition information in written and oral form
 
 

Nutritional Sciences

Nutritional Sciences (PHD)Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics (BS)

 
  • In Depth Knowledge: Students will demonstrate comprehensive knowledge within the field, such as the role of nutrition in health and chronic & acute illnesses
  • Ability to Perform Research: Student will be able to design research effective research in the field of nutrition
  • Communication Competency: Student will be able to effectively communicate nutrition information in written and oral form
 

Nutritional Sciences

Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics (BS)

 
  • In Depth Knowledge: Students will demonstrate comprehensive knowledge within the field, such as the role of nutrition in health and chronic & acute illnesses
  • Ability to Perform Research: Student will be able to design research effective research in the field of nutrition
  • Communication Competency: Student will be able to effectively communicate nutrition information in written and oral form
 

Personal Financial Planning

Personal Financial Planning (BS)

 
  • Oral Communication Skills: Students will demonstrate the oral communication skills needed to communicate successfully with clients, build relationships, and advise clients on how to meet their financial goals.
  • Technological Skills: Students will demonstrate the technological skills needed to function at a high level in the personal financial planning profession.
  • Written Communication Skills: Students will demonstrate the written communication skills required to function as a successful professional in the financial planning profession.
  • Financial Planning Knowledge: Students will demonstrate the financial planning knowledge needed to become competent and ethical financial planning professionals
  • Overall Program Assessment: The degree program will prepare students to be professionals who are highly competent in financial planning.

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"Specifically, my time in the PFP program have helped me tremendously in reaching my goals both inside and outside the classroom. The alumni from the program are so involved and caring about the next generation of planners. Learning from industry thought leaders has been an advantage that has steepened the learning curve but also increased my success/focus." 

- James Flores, Bachelor's in Personal Financial Planning

Personal Financial Planning

Personal Financial Planning (MS)  
  • Technological Skills: Students will demonstrate the technological skills needed to function at a high level in the personal financial planning profession.
  • Overall Program Assessment: The degree program will prepare students to be professionals who are highly competent in financial planning.
  • Oral Communication Skills: Students will demonstrate the oral communication skills needed to communicate successfully with clients, build relationships, and advise clients on how to meet their financial goals.
  • Written Communication Skills: Students will demonstrate the written communication skills required to function as a successful professional in the financial planning profession.
  • Financial Planning Knowledge: Students will demonstrate the financial planning knowledge needed to become competent and ethical financial planning professionals

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"The Personal Financial Planning (PHP) program has greatly prepared me to succeed in the financial planning industry and has helped me take strides to obtain my dream job. The program has allowed me to gain experience with technological tools, taught me how to network and has given me the opportunity to learn from the most well-known experts in our field. I've had the honor to take part in and lead organizations, give back to the community and polish my soft and technical skills before stepping out into the real world."

- Devin DeLapp, Master's in Personal Financial Planning 

Personal Financial Planning

Personal Financial Planning (PHD)

 
  • Financial Planning Knowledge: Students will demonstrate the financial planning knowledge needed o become competent and ethical financial planning professionals.
  • Research Preparation: Students will be prepared to accept academic positions in college and universities. They will be skilled and productive in research as it applies to personal financial planning.
  • Student Competence: Students will demonstrate the skills required to become competent and ethical professionals.

Jacob Tenney

"I have spent 4 years at Texas Tech working on my Ph.D. and I have had the opportunity to teach as the instructor of record throughout my experience. I have also had the opportunity to work with a publishing company to help redesign a course. I have been a TEACH fellow to help me improve my teaching skills. All of this has helped me to be extremely marketable as a future faculty member. I have also been mentored extensively in research to help me succeed in academia. I recently had a campus interview for a job and they were very impressed with my credentials, experience, and what I have learned. I appreciate the dedication of the faculty and staff and Texas Tech for helping prepare me so effectively."

- Jacob Tenney, PhD in Personal Financial Planning

 

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