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Undergraduate Major in Human Service and Consumer Sciences

Four concentrations are offered by the Department of Human Services and Consumer Sciences under the Bachelor of Science in Human Services and Consumer Sciences:
  • Dietetics
  • Child and Family Development
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Food and Nutrition

Degree Plan

The Bachelor of Science in Dietetics
The accreditation of Texas Southern University’s nutrition and dietetics education program has been placed on probationary status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400.http://www.eatright.org/ACEND. For an explanation of probationary status, consult the director of the nutrition and dietetics program.

The program is on Probation with a reduced accreditation term ending April 10, 2019. Please be advised that students currently enrolled in the program or enrolled when the program is on Probation will be considered graduates of an accredited program pending graduation.

Upon completion of the program you will be eligible to apply for admission into an ACEND accredited supervised practice program (dietetic internship - DI). After successfully completing a DI, students/interns are eligible to take the registration exam for dietitians/nutritionists to become a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RD/RDN). The DPD at Texas Southern University (TSU) admits students into the program who are seeking a Bachelor's degree. Post-baccalaureate students who are interested in completing only the didactic courses (DPD) are also admitted. Registered dietitian nutritionists are food and nutrition experts who translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living, disease prevention and management. They work throughout the community in hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, food management, food industry, universities, research and private practice. RDNs are advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world.

The Bachelor of Science in HSCS: Child and Family Development
The area of Child and Family Development focuses on growth throughout the life span as well as family dynamics and the impact thereof on individual family members. This exciting program prepares individuals for entrepreneurial and other professional careers in agencies, institutions, and programs that focus on services for children, youth, adults and families. Some career options include: family and community extension agents; case workers; parent educators; family-child educators; recreation workers/play therapists (with extended practicum hours in a certified program); civil servants in family service units of police departments; early childhood professionals in private, parochial, and public schools (with certification); and owners/directors of schools for young children.

Students pursuing the Child and Family Development option must complete 120 semester hours.
The Bachelor of Science in HSCS: Family and Consumer Sciences
Courses in this holistic area of study focus on providing opportunities for the development of competence in family and consumer program development and leadership. In addition, students may opt to receive certification in Human Development and Family and Consumer Sciences. Career options include secondary Child Development Directorships or Family and Consumer Sciences teacher certification in cooperation with the College of Education; for the family and consumer sciences non-certification option…..extension and adult program development/directorships; consumer counseling; eldercare…service providers, directors, entrepreneurs; and customer service representatives.

Students pursuing Family and Consumer Sciences concentration must complete 120 semester hours
The Bachlor of Science in HSCS: Food and Nutrition
Graduates of the Foods and Nutrition concentration will be pursuing careers as food service supervisors/managers in institutional and cafeteria settings; community nutritionists with federal, state, and county agencies; health/food inspectors; and owners of catering businesses. HSCS graduates with Bachelors in Food and Nutrition also will be able to pursue Masters in HSCS: Food and Nutrition concentration.

Completion of the Food and Nutrition concentration in Human Services and Consumer Sciences requires 120 hours.

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