Nov 27, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Human Sciences Graduate Programs



The College of Human Sciences offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The graduate programs in the college are designed to educate scholars and leaders in areas that affect human development: nutrition; family studies; environmental design; restaurant, hotel, and institutional management; personal financial planning; marriage and family therapy; and family and consumer sciences education.

Persons successfully completing graduate work in the college have traditionally been prepared to serve as leaders in the business world, private sector organizations, and academic institutions.

Master of Science Degree. The Master of Science degree has majors in environmental design; nutritional sciences; family and consumer sciences education; human development and family studies; couple, marriage, and family therapy; personal financial planning; and hospitality and retail management.

Doctoral Degree. The Doctor of Philosophy degree has majors in interior and environmental design; nutritional sciences; family and consumer sciences education; hospitality administration; human development and family studies; personal financial planning; and couple, marriage, and family therapy.

Admission. Admission to master’s and doctoral programs requires the recommendation of the department as well as approval of the graduate dean. Applicants should contact the program director or the chairperson of the department offering the specialization for college and departmental guidelines.

Distance Education. The College of Human Sciences is a member of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA). The GPIDEA is comprised of many institutions of higher education who share a goal of increasing educational options at the graduate level. Twelve of the best state universities in the country have joined together to offer online graduate certificates and master’s degrees in human sciences disciplines. Prospective students may apply for admission to a human sciences graduate program at any of the 12 universities. The student is admitted to one university and receives a graduate degree or certificate from that same university.

The courses are taught by several universities, but students enroll and pay for all their courses through the university where they have been admitted. Students therefore have the advantage of receiving coordinated, diverse, high-quality instruction from topic experts at several universities without the hassle and expense of navigating each institution’s admissions, enrollment, payment, and transcript transfer processes.

Four programs are offered through collaboration of the GPIDEA and the College of Human Sciences. Students can specialize in gerontology or youth development within the M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies or obtain an M.S. in Family Consumer Sciences Education. An undergraduate degree in early childhood is also available through the B.S. in Early Childhood offered through the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

For additional information, see graduate program listings for the Department of Human Development and Family Studies or the College of Human Sciences.

For more information about the GPIDEA, its programs, and the participating institutions, visit https://www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/great_plains_interactive_distance_education/fcse.php.

Graduate students may obtain a teaching certificate in family and consumer sciences by completing coursework that meets the Texas standards for teacher certification.

Post-Baccalaureate Certification. Three post-baccalaureate options are available. The Family and Consumer Sciences Composite Certificate qualifies individuals to teach all family and consumer sciences courses offered in Texas secondary schools. Specialized certificates in human development and family studies and hospitality, nutrition, and food science qualify individuals to teach family and consumer sciences courses in the designated content areas. Post-baccalaureate certification students are eligible to complete a one-year paid teaching internship in lieu of student teaching. Selected graduate credits earned for certification may be applied toward a graduate degree in family and consumer sciences education (M.S. or Ph.D.). Admission to the post-bac program in FCSE requires a 2.75 GPA or higher in an undergraduate degree and at least 15 course credits in family and consumer sciences content.

Graduate Degree Programs Administered by Dean’s Office

Most graduate degree programs within the College of Human Sciences are administered by departments and summarized in the catalog sections of those departments. The Office of the Dean, however, administers the graduate programs in the area of Family and Consumer Sciences Education.

Department of Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences

The Department of Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences supervises graduate degree programs in couple, marriage, and family therapy and addictive disorders and recovery studies. Applicants seeking information about admission requirements, programs of study, and financial assistance should contact the graduate advisor in the individual program. Admission to a graduate degree program requires both the recommendation of the department and the Graduate School.

The graduate degree programs in couple, marriage, and family therapy provide clinical and academic training to students who will function as couple, marriage, and family therapists at the highest level of clinical competence and who will make unique contributions to the field of couple, marriage, and family therapy through research, teaching, clinical practice, and other professional activities. For more information please go to www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/mft/.

The graduate degree program in addictive disorders and recovery studies is designed to produce graduates that will excel in academic, government, and private sector careers while fulfilling the increasing need for addiction recovery scientists.  Of note, the graduate degree program in addictive disorders and recovery studies is not designed to produce clinicians.  For more information please go to www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/cfas/addictive-disorders-recovery-studies.php

Department of Design

Admission into the master’s and doctoral programs requires submission of the following:

  • Grade point average
  • Copy of official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A statement of intent including current research interests
  • A design portfolio or examples of scholarly writing
  • A resume
  • TOEFEL scores for international students
  • GRE scores for Ph.D. applicants

The master’s and doctoral degrees are research- and studio-based programs; students entering without undergraduate degrees in interior design or architecture are advised that the graduate programs in the Department of Design do not prepare students for professional practice. Students who wish to practice as interior designers should enroll in the CIDA-accredited Bachelors of Interior Design degree program offered by the Department of Design.

To obtain departmental procedures and guidelines, students should contact the director of graduate programs or refer to: www.course.ttu.edu/hs-DesignGrad.

Department of Hospitality and Retail Management

The department supervises degree programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees described below. Applicants should contact the program graduate advisor concerning admission requirements and programs of study. Admission to a graduate degree program requires the recommendation of the department as well as the approval of the Graduate Dean.

Department of Human Development and Family Sciences

The department offers master’s and doctoral degrees (including a post-baccalaureate Ph.D. option) in human development and family sciences (HDFS), as well as a minor in cross-cultural studies (see below). These research-oriented programs require a thesis and dissertation, respectively, and prepare students for careers as university faculty, full-time researchers, medical school faculty, and human service providers. Applicants should contact the department concerning admissions requirements, programs of study, and financial assistance. Admission to a graduate degree program requires the recommendation of the department and the Graduate School.

The department also offers master’s degrees and graduate certificates in gerontology and youth development through its membership in the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, a multiple-university association with online graduate programs .

Faculty research interests in the HDFS department are broad and multidisciplinary, creating many areas of specialization. Individual development research includes participants across the lifespan as well as within multiple domains of development (e.g., social, emotional, and cognitive). Special emphasis is placed on exploring development in context (e.g., cultural, ecological), measuring brain function using fMRI, and understanding developmental problems and solutions. Relationship process research includes inter-generational family relationships (ranging from infant-parent dyads to adult children and their elderly parents), close relationships (e.g., intimate and marital relationships), social interactions, and family issues (e.g., impact of work and stress on families). The department also specializes in research on theory, statistical methods and analyses, Hispanic and other ethnic studies, and issues specific to rural populations.

Department of Nutritional Sciences

The department supervises degree programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees described below. Applicants should contact the program graduate advisor concerning admission requirements and programs of study. Admission to a graduate degree program requires the recommendation of the department as well as the approval of the Graduate Dean.

Internship Program. The department offers a fifteen-month dietetic internship program. Participants are selected yearly via a national computerized selection process. Selected credits earned during the program may apply to an optional master’s or doctoral degree. Fifteen hours of graduate credit are required in supervised experience in health and food service facilities. Upon completing the internship, the student is eligible to take the Commission of Dietetic Registration written examination to become a registered dietitian. Visit www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/intern/index.php for more information.

Department of Personal Financial Planning

The Department of Personal Financial Planning supervises degree programs leading to the Master of Science degree in Personal Financial Planning and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Personal Financial Planning.

M.S. students must earn a C or better in all courses unless otherwise noted. Students must average a 3.0 GPA in order to maintain good standing with the Graduate School and to graduate. Up to 6 hours of PFP courses can be transferred into the M.S. degree from another university. Ph.D. students are required to earn a B or better in all courses counted toward their degree.

Admission. Applicants may apply to a graduate program by visiting the Graduate School website or by visiting the Department of Personal Financial Planning website.

Program Offerings & Course Descriptions

Programs

    Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s DegreeIntra-institutional Dual DegreeMaster’sDoctoralGraduate Certificates

    Courses

      ADRS - Addictive Disorders and Recovery Studies (Graduate Courses)CMFT - Couple, Marriage, and Family Therapy (Graduate Courses)ENVD - Environmental Design (Graduate Courses)FCSE - Family and Consumer Sciences Education (Graduate Courses)HDFS - Human Development and Family Studies (Graduate Courses)Page: 1 | 2 | 3