Welcome from the Dean

Oakley HallWelcome to the College of Agriculture and Human Ecology (CAHE), where you are important and teamwork matters. The faculty and staff of the CAHE are known for excellent teaching and advising, service both on and off campus, and we are growing in research and scholarly activity. We know our students and are committed to their success.

The CAHE houses 19 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

  • child development & family relations
  • child life specialist
  • family & consumer sciences education
  • food systems administration
  • housing & design
  • merchandising & apparel design
  • nutrition & dietetics

Students work directly with faculty to complete degree requirements, gain laboratory and research experience, lead organizations, explore careers, complete internships, and apply knowledge to real life challenges in schools, hospitals, small businesses, large corporations, farms and communities. Graduate programs in Human Ecology and Sustainable Agriculture are on the horizon.

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, and Peru.

The Shipley Farm, just a few miles from campus, provides wonderful applied learning experiences with livestock including cattle, sheep, hogs, and poultry as well as crop management, horticulture, plant and soil science, including growth and production of honey and sweet sorghum syrup. The Hyder-Burks Agriculture Pavilion offers experiences in livestock judging, shows, and sales, and provides a home for many other related educational events.

We welcome you to campus to learn more about the programs and experiences that await you here. Please visit our staff pages to connect directly with one of our team members who will help you find your place in the College of Agriculture and Human Ecology. Best Wishes!

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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