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12.1.1  AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Masters of Science

 

Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design

The specialization in clothing, textiles, and interior design provides preparation for careers in higher education, business and industry, and government services, and for admission to doctoral programs in clothing, textiles, and interior design and related fields. The specialization is designed to stimulate independent thought and develop skills in problem solving, creativity, and research methods. Individualized programs of study are planned to develop professional competence in the student's area of interest. Students applying for admission to the specialization in clothing, textiles, and interior design refer to the requirements for admission detailed in an earlier section of this catalog. All applicants must submit test scores from either the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test in support of the application. All applicants in interior design must also submit portfolios for review. A grade of B or higher must be earned in all courses taken in the Department of Clothing, Textiles and Interior Design for application toward degree requirements.
 

Consumer Sciences

The consumer sciences specialization offers preparation for careers in government, consumer protection, financial services, and extension, and for further study leading to the doctoral degree. Each student's curriculum is determined individually, based on career goals and research interests. Students applying for admission to the specialization in consumer sciences refer to the requirements for admission detailed in an earlier section of this catalog. Applicants who do not have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 or a GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework will be required to submit an acceptable test score on either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Millers Analogies Test (MAT).

Core courses required of all students include CSM500, CSM504, CSM510, CSM520, CSM554, CSM559, and CSM560.  Nine hours of electives will be selected from the following courses:  CSM525, CSM508, CSM575, CSM581, and CSM586.  For those students planning to write a thesis, Thesis Research (CSM599) offers the opportunity to work with faculty. Current research topics in the field include family and personal expenditure patterns; effects of credit use; time use; and individual and family resource management. Students who wish to specialize in family financial planning and counseling should have completed the following courses or equivalents at the undergraduate level EC 110, EC 111, ST 260, and CSM 204.
 
The program in Consumer Sciences participates in the University Scholars Program. Qualified students begin graduate study in the senior year. This program leads to the completion of requirements for both the bachelor's and master's degrees. A student who wishes to exercise this option will normally apply to Phase I of the program in the sophomore year; however, students may apply directly
to Phase II of the program at the end of the junior year. Procedures are detailed in the Admission Criteria section of this catalog.

 

General Studies in Human Environmental Sciences

The specialization in general human environmental sciences is designed to permit students to pursue work in more than one area of human environmental sciences and/or to strengthen professional competence by selecting courses that support or complement an area of human environmental sciences, including: restaurant, hotel, and meetings management, interactive technology, sports management, consumer quality management, rural community health, consumer conflict management, negotiation, and mediation; environmental health and safety management; and the certificate in family financial planning and counseling. Students interested in this specialization may complete in-depth studies in interactive technology,  quality management, sport management, conflict management, environmental health and safety or restaurant and hospitality management. Students should refer to the respective website for each area of specialization for specific details. Students may work under Plan I or Plan II. Applicants must clearly state the area of specialization on the Graduate School Application.

Students applying for admission to the specialization in general studies refer to the requirements for admission detailed in an earlier section of this catalog. A student with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0, a GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of coursework, or a GPA of 3.0 in a master's degree program is not required to submit standardized test scores. However, this does not guarantee admission.
 

Human Development & Family Studies

The specialization in human development and family studies provides students with the theoretical foundation and research skills necessary to pursue doctoral work and for advanced employment in a wide variety of occupations serving children, adults, and families. Students can choose to concentrate in human development and family studies (HDFS) research, marriage and family therapy (MFT), or parent and family life education (PAFLE). HDFS research opportunities include working with faculty members in the following areas: language and cognitive development in young children; personality and social development of children and adolescents; parent-child relationships; risk factors associated with child development outcomes; assessment of early intervention programs; social support and well-being of adults; family strengths; marital interaction; and maternal depression and infant development. Completion of the MFT curriculum enables students to take the licensure examination leading to Clinical Membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Research and clinical opportunities are provided in the College's child development laboratories and Capstone Family Therapy Clinic.  Completion of the PAFLE curriculum qualifies students to apply for provisional certification as a Family Life Educator through the National Council on Family Relations.  The parent and family life education curriculum also culminates in an internship and comprehensive examination.

Students applying for admission to the specialization in human development and family studies should refer to the requirements for admission detailed in an earlier section of this catalog and should visit the
Human Development and Family Studies website. All applicants must submit test scores from either the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test in support of the application. To graduate from master's programs in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, students must maintain a "B" average in the courses related to the concentration.


 

Human Nutrition
The specialization in human nutrition prepares students to pursue doctoral study and to practice dietetics at an advanced level. The program develops research skills, stimulates independent thought, and provides detailed up-to-date knowledge of the subject matter. Students specializing in human nutrition must complete
HES 509, CHS 525, NHM 561, NHM 562, NHM 555 or NHM 567  Students must take at least 18 hours of NHM designated courses (including the 9 hours of required NHM core classes). Students must earn a B or higher in each class taken within the nutrition department and all required courses outside the department. Students who do not earn a B on the first attempt of any required course will be allowed to repeat the course for a higher grade once. NHM electives can only be taken once.


The thesis for the human nutrition specialization should focus on current nutritional concerns in which the student has a special interest. Students also have opportunities to participate in research with faculty members. Examples of faculty research include food insecurity, childhood obesity, body composition changes among older adults, clinical nutrition, and antioxidant capacity of foods and risk for chronic disease.
 

Students who choose the non-thesis option (Plan II) must complete one of the following culminating experiences: non-thesis research (NHM 598), or a comprehensive examination.


The program in human nutrition participates in the University Scholars Program. Qualified students begin graduate study in the senior year. This program leads to the completion of requirements for both the bachelor's and master's degrees. Procedures are detailed in the Admission Criteria section of this catalog. Students who apply to the University Scholar Program in Human Nutrition must have an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Students applying for admission to the specialization in human nutrition should refer to the requirements for admission detailed in an earlier section of this catalog. A student with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0, a GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of coursework, or a GPA of 3.0 in a master's degree program is not required to submit standardized test scores.  Students with an undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or below may enhance their application and chances of acceptance into the program by taking the GRE.  All students applying for admission to the degree program should have completed undergraduate course work with a B or better grade in the following subject areas:  introductory nutrition (NHM 101), lifecycle nutrition (NHM 201), nutritional biochemistry (NHM 361), cellular nutrition (NHM 362), nutrition assessment (NHM 363), medical nutrition therapy I (NHM 365), a series of food service management courses (NHM 372, NHM 373, and NHM 374), inorganic and organic chemistry, microbiology, and two semesters of anatomy and physiology.

 

 

For additional degree requirements see the Graduate School's section on Degree Requirements earlier in this catalog. 

 


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