College of Agriculture & Human Ecology

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Welcome to Tennessee Tech!

The College of Agriculture and Human Ecology at Tennessee Tech University believes in and lives for “Student Success!”  Our students are seeking real solutions to the challenges facing our communities.  They are developing into tomorrow’s problem solvers, innovators, and leaders.  We continue to provide the educational opportunities our students deserve and graduate the professionals our communities require.

There are many great reasons to become a Golden Eagle:

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Tennessee Tech is unique, it gives graduates the highest salary potential of all public universities in Tennessee at the lowest cost.

This University prepares you like a Large State University but treats you like part of the family.  We promote an atmosphere where you are not a number but a member of our Tech Family!  We will know you and you will know all of us as you develop over your four years.  You will never become lost in the shuffle; around every corner someone is here to help you.

We will provide you the tools and experiential learning opportunities to allow you to hone your skills and give you confidence in the work place.  Our professors will go out of their way to assist you in your career goals as well as all the support staff, from farm workers to each and every secretary.

Our students and faculty travel regularly across the nation to learn and share about agriculture and human ecology in business and industry, human services, health care and educational institutions. International travel broadens possibilities and opportunities as students study culture and industry in Italy, France, Japan, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, Scotland, Panama, and Peru.

The CAHE houses 17 undergraduate programs of study:

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

  • agribusiness management
  • agricultural communications
  • agriculture education
  • agriculture engineering technology
  • agricultural science and management
  • agronomy and soils
  • animal sciences & pre-veterinary studies
  • environmental agriscience
  • horticulture
  • nursery and landscape management
  • turfgrass management

Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology

  • architecture & interior design
  • child life
  • fashion merchandising & design
  • human development & family science
  • nutrition & dietetics

We also offer a graduate program of study:
Master of Science in Community Health and Nutrition

We will be your home away from home!  If I can assist you in any way please do not hesitate to Contact me.

WINGS UP!  Dean Smith

Darron L. Smith,
Professor and Dean
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(931) 372-3149

Vision & Mission


Enhancing global well-being through excellence in Agriculture & Human Ecology.


Creating innovative learning opportunities through experiential education, research and outreach which prepare students to excel as accountable change agents for society and the environment.


Agriculture and Home Economics curricula were a part of the original course offerings when Tennessee Polytechnic Institute was established in 1915 and opened in 1916. Home Economics began as Domestic Science and Agriculture was listed in the first catalog as the Department of Agriculture, while the second catalog listed it as the School of Agriculture and Rural Life.

In 1938, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Home Economics became part of the Division of Professional and Technical Subjects. These two departments were reorganized in 1949-50 as the School of Agriculture and Home Economics, with a Division of Agriculture and a Division of Home Economics.

College status was achieved in 1971, with the Divisions becoming schools and the School of Agriculture and the School of Home Economics each having a dean, but no administrative officer at the college level.

In 1985, the College of Agriculture and Home Economics administration was restructured and reorganized and the position of dean of the college was established. The former titles of dean of the two schools were changed to director of the School of Agriculture and associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics and director of the School of Home Economics and associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics.

In July 1997, after approval by the Tennessee Board of Regents, the name of the School of Home Economics was officially changed to the School of Human Ecology and the name of the College became the College of Agriculture and Human Ecology.

In 2007, the College of Agriculture and Human Ecology was restructured to include Nursing and was renamed the College of Agricultural and Human Sciences. In 2013, Nursing left the College to become an independent unit; the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences returned to its roots as the College of Agriculture and Human Ecology.

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