Students with specific career goals have an opportunity to develop an innovative program of study with a focus on at least one of the following areas: clothing, textiles and interior design;  consumer sciences; health science; human development and family studies, and human nutrition & hospitality management. Most students drawn to human environmental sciences share the goal of improving the quality of life of individuals, families and communities.

The curriculum in human environmental sciences enables students to integrate knowledge from all areas of the field and prepares them for employment or further study. This program is designed for those interested in careers in cooperative extension, government, human services, non-profit and non-governmental organizations or an area of the communications field. Courses are selected in consultation with an advisor.

The purpose of this program is to give the student with specific career goals an opportunity to develop an innovative program of study with a focus on at least one area within the College. Each student majoring in human environmental sciences is expected to file a program of study prior to the completion of 100 hours and in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • The proposed course of study must include 120 hours (including the statewide general studies requirements), The University of Alabama Core Curriculum requirements, and the College of Human Environmental Sciences core requirements.
  • The proposed course of study must give evidence that the student has built a cohesive structure of interrelated ideas around a focus within the College of Human Environmental Sciences.  It must include a minimum of 35 hours of coursework offered by the College of Human Environmental Sciences, 15 of which must be at the 300- or 400-level.
  • The proposal must demonstrate that the proposed program could not be better served by an existing major program within the College.
  • At the time of submission, the proposal must include a statement of approval by a faculty advisor chosen from the area of focus.
  • The proposal must indicate that the student has examined the consequences of the proposed program in relation to career goals and post-graduation plans.
  • All exceptions must be approved by the department chair.