College of Human Ecology
Karla Hughes, Dean, 238 Rivers Building
The College of Human Ecology seeks to improve the quality of life for individuals and families through education, research, and service. The knowledge base of the field includes criminal justice, early childhood education, human nutrition and food, individual and family development through the life span, interior design, the management of food service and lodging operations, textiles, and social work. The faculty members of the college are committed to educating students for professional practice; to conducting research on the conditions which influence the quality of life for individuals and families; and to extending this knowledge to the state of North Carolina and beyond.
The Carolyn Freeze Baynes Institute for Social Justice, established by the generosity of Charles and Hazel Freeze with the support of Michael Ray Baynes, is located within the College of Human Ecology. The gift has been made by the Freeze family of Mooresville, North Carolina, in memory of their daughter Carolyn, and to promote the issues to which she devoted. The institute coordinates research, community partnerships, and scholarship aimed at improving the well-being of individuals and the quality of community life. The institute offers a number of activities for students, including research experiences, scholarship opportunities, and interaction with visiting scholars and alumni.
Undergraduate study is offered in birth through kindergarten teacher education, child life, criminal justice, family and community services, family and consumer sciences education, hospitality management, interior design, merchandising, nutrition and dietetics, and social work.
Students completing the major and minor requirements within the college may use core courses to satisfy only one requirement. A specific course may not be used to count toward the major and minor.
Bachelor’s and Accelerated MBA ProgramStudents in the merchandising or hospitality management programs who also wish to complete an MBA with either an apparel and textile management option or a hospitality management option may elect to follow an accelerated program of study. This program allows students to complete the requirements for the BS degree in four years and, if qualified, the MBA in two semesters plus summer study. Interested students should consult with their advisor early in the undergraduate program regarding required courses, sequencing, and grade requirements. (See Section 6, Early Entry Into ECU Graduate Programs.)