College of Agriculture & Human Ecology

About the School

The School of Human Ecology has a rich history at Tennessee Tech. Over the years we have evolved from a School of Home Economics to the name of “Human Ecology”.

The School of Human Ecology (founded in 1916 as the Domestic Science Department) has 1,800-plus alumni. We seek to promote a strong academic environment so that our graduates are prepared for careers in one or more of the diverse fields of human ecology.

The profession of Human Ecology

Human Ecology is the study of the relationship between individuals, families and communities and the environments in which they live. The field represents many content areas including: child development and family relations; child life; food, nutrition and dietetics; family and consumer sciences education; housing and design; and merchandising and design. Students learn, through theory and practice, how to provide a better quality of life for individuals throughout the life span. Students majoring in Human Ecology at TTU receive practical experience in professional settings such as practicum, field experiences, and/or internships. Read this brochure for more information on the strategic direction of our accrediting agency, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.


Human Ecology Faculty and Staff

Human Ecology Faculty and Staff


Career Opportunities in Human Ecology

TTU Human Ecology graduates work in a variety of places. Some examples are:

Child Development/Family Relations:

  • Foster and Adoption Facilitator
  • Child Care Center Director
  • Children Services Agent

Child Life:

  • Child Life Specialist

Nutrition and Dietetics:

  • Eligibility to apply to Dietetic Internship to become Registered Dietitian
  • Community Nutrition/Fitness and Wellness

  Family and Consumer Sciences Education:

  • Vocational or Occupational FCS Teacher
  • Developmental Agencies
  • Department of Human Services/Children’s Services
  • Careers in FCS

Housing and Design:

  • Residential Design Planner/Consultant
  • Housing and Furnishings Specialist
  • Sales Representative/Real Estate Agent

Merchandising and Design:

  • Clothing and Textiles Specialist
  • Fashion Designer
  • Merchandise Buyer/Sales Representative/Retail Manager

  Foodsystems Administrations:

  • Extension Agent
  • School Nutrition
  • Food Service Manager/Culinary Arts