WHAT IS HOME ECONOMICS?
The field of home economics is a broad discipline that addresses issues pertaining to domestic life. Everything from birth to aging, health, fashion, home design, and personal finance are studied in home economics departments.
WHAT COURSES DO YOU NEED TO TAKE?
In addition to your liberal arts and sciences core curriculum, you will probably have to choose a specialty within your home economics major. Home economics is a broad field, which offers a range of specialties, including dietetics and nutrition, childcare, fashion merchandising and design, and consumer sciences, among others. The broad major will expose you to all or a variety of these disciplines, positioning you for careers in fields as diverse as retailing, education, and nutrition. Here is an idea of the courses you will have to take:
- Child Development and Human Development
- Clothing and Human Behavior
- Family and Aging
- Food Science
- Interior Design
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A DEGREE IN HOME ECONOMICS?
Your choice of career will depend on the area of emphasis you choose within this very broad field. If you choose to take more classes in the fashion and textile end of things, you might choose a career in fashion design, interior design, retailing, or dressmaking. Focus on food sciences and nutrition, and no doubt you'll take a position as a nutritionist, dietician, or food service manager. Many people who major in the home economics areas choose to become teachers and childcare providers as well.