Dec 04, 2023  
2016-2017 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Human Sciences


“Improving and enhancing the human condition”

Linda C. Hoover, Ph.D., Dean

142 Human Sciences | 1301 Akron Ave. | Box 41162
Lubbock, TX 79409-1162
T 806.742.3031 | F 806.742.1849 |

About the College

Mission Statement. The College of Human Sciences provides multidisciplinary education, research, and service focused on individuals, families, and their environments for the purpose of improving and enhancing the human condition.

Overview. Texas Tech University human sciences programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels are innovative in focus, relevant to the needs of a rapidly changing society, and designed to prepare professionals for employment in broad career options.

The College of Human Sciences is a professional college, requiring the highest expectations for its graduates. Though a “D” is considered a passing grade, most programs require a “C” or better in major and support courses. See individual program sections for details. College programs are accredited by nine national accrediting agencies. Additionally, the college offers courses of significance to the general and professional education of students majoring in other colleges and provides continuing education for professionals in fields related to human sciences.

Graduate Program

For information on graduate programs offered by the College of Human Sciences, visit the Graduate School  section of the catalog.

Degree Programs

Most undergraduate degree programs lead to the Bachelor of Science degree unless otherwise noted. Majors offered for all programs within the college include the following:

  • Apparel Design and Manufacturing
  • Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences
  • Early Childhood
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Human Sciences
  • Interior Design (Bachelor of Interior Design)
  • Nutrition
  • Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management (Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences)
  • Retail Management

For additional information about undergraduate degree programs in the various departments, contact the office of Advising and Retention, 159 Human Sciences, 806.742.1180.

The college offers a dynamic curriculum, a well-qualified faculty, outstanding facilities, and a commitment to excellence. All degree programs offer applied and experiential learning opportunities to prepare graduates to contribute in their professional and broader communities. In addition to undergraduate majors, the college offers the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees with majors in all departments. Specific information regarding graduate degrees may be found in the Graduate Program sections.

General Standards and Requirements

Students are expected to assume responsibility for knowing the rules, regulations, and policies of the college and university; to learn the requirements pertaining to their degree program; and to consult the catalog, registration guidelines, and degree plans for their major.

Financial Aid to Students. Numerous scholarships and assistant-ships are available to provide financial assistance and valuable experience to capable students. Write to the scholarship coordinator of the College of Human Sciences, Box 41162, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409-1162. The college scholarship application deadline is December 1. Emphasis will be on leadership, service, high school and transfer grade point averages, test scores, and need. Multi-year merit scholarships are available to high-achieving incoming freshmen and transfer students. Please contact or visit the Human Sciences website for details. To receive full-time financial aid, students must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 hours. Some programs allow enrollment in less than full-time hours, but students must check with the Financial Aid Office concerning eligibility for these programs.

Catalog Selection. Students must use the catalog issued for the year in which they were first officially admitted to the college or a more recent catalog if approved. However, if they are not enrolled at Texas Tech for one academic year or have transferred to another college at Texas Tech or another institution, they must be readmitted to the College of Human Sciences and use the catalog in effect at the time of readmission. For graduation purposes, a catalog expires after seven years.

Academic Advising and Retention. The purpose of Academic Advising and Retention is to provide quality service to the faculty and students in the college. The advising staff is responsible for assisting students from orientation to graduation. Students should visit to obtain information and updates prior to advance registration periods. Schedule of classes, registration, adding and dropping classes, payment of fees, and individual degree audits are available on Students needing additional assistance may visit with an advisor. To make an appointment, visit, call Advising and Retention at 806.742.1180, or visit the advising office in Human Sciences 159. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Graduation. Graduation is attained by fulfilling the requirements for a bachelor’s degree using an acceptable catalog edition. The student is responsible for fulfilling all catalog requirements. At least one year prior to the graduation semester, students must file a Statement of Intention to Graduate form with Advising and Retention. After submission of the form, an official degree audit will be emailed to the student. Thereafter, students will follow the audited list of remaining courses. Substitutions and minor forms must be filed prior to or at the same time as the Statement of Intention to Graduate. The degree audit will be reviewed prior to the last semester for any discrepancies that may prevent graduation. However, students are expected to regularly review their degree audit and be familiar with graduation requirements. Any change in graduation date must be communicated to the Advising and Retention office.

Last 30 Hours. The last 30 hours prior to graduation must be taken in residence at Texas Tech. “In residence” is defined as any course taught under a Texas Tech number, including distance education courses and those taught at locations other than the Lubbock campus.

Credit by Examination. A matriculated student may attempt credit by examination (see Undergraduate Admissions  catalog section).

Course Load. The normal course load for a semester is 15 hours or above. The maximum load for a semester is 19 hours (8 hours for a summer term). Minimum full-time status is 12 hours.

Ineligible Registration. The College of Human Sciences reserves the right to drop any ineligibly registered student from a course for reasons such as lower- or upper-division rule infractions, lack of prerequisites, and GPA requirements. Courses taken ineligibly are not applied to the degree program.

Minor. The student should consult with the academic advising office of the department of the intended minor and have a Minor Approval form signed. Declared minors can be filed either before or at the same time as the Intention to Graduate form. Grades of C or better are required in each course. Specific minors are listed in the departmental areas.

Pass/Fail. A maximum of 13 hours may be taken pass/fail. The pass/fail option may be used for free elective courses. If an ineligible course is taken pass/fail, it must be replaced by the next higher course. Pass/fail hours are excluded in determining eligibility for the Dean’s Honor or President’s List. No student on probation is allowed the pass/fail option.

Selection of a Major. Introductory level human sciences courses will be helpful in clarifying career goals. See an academic advisor for additional information.

Departments, Program Offerings & Course Descriptions

Dean’s Office, College of Human Sciences

Department of Community, Family and Addiction Sciences

Go to information for Department of Community, Family and Addiction Sciences.

Department of Design

Go to information for Department of Design.

Department of Hospitality and Retail Management

Go to information for Department of Hospitality and Retail Management.

Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Go to information for Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

Department of Nutritional Sciences

Go to information for Department of Nutritional Sciences.

Department of Personal Financial Planning

Go to information for Department of Personal Financial Planning.