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Human Development and Consumer Sciences Programs & Degrees

Bachelor of Science Degrees

The Department of Human Development and Consumer Sciences offers the following Bachelor of Science degrees:

Bachelor of Science Human Resource Development

Students earning a degree in Human Resource Development (HRD) become relationship-focused, problem solvers and key players, who assess, design and deliver solutions for training and performance management. With a comprehensive internship program that places students in highly competitive companies, the UH HRD degree prepares students to be efficient and effective workforce change agents, using advanced technology and web-based delivery systems.

Bachelor of Science Retailing and Consumer Science

Vibrant, exciting, and financially rewarding careers await Retailing and Consumer Science (RCS) majors as they engage in the diverse and dynamic fields of retailing and consumer marketing in fashion, e-tailing, entrepreneurial, and other settings. Internship experiences place students with retail and market leaders resulting in highly employable skills and connections. Retail is the largest employer in the U.S. and globally!

Master of Science Degrees

The Department of Human Development and Consumer Sciences offers the following Master of Science degrees:

Master of Science Foresight

As futurists, Foresight graduates enter an emerging profession that helps clients and employers anticipate significant changes that lie ahead and influence those changes to achieve their long-term goals. Strategists in major corporations have identified these important professional challenges in their work:

  • Challenging strategic assumptions
  • Translating strategy into action
  • Communicating strategy
  • Identifying discontinuous change
  • Adapting strategy to rapid change

The Foresight program at UH addresses these concerns by focusing on anticipating and creating discontinuous and transformational change. Futurists analyze rapid alterations in external environments and use systems thinking to increase the chances of achieving preferred futures.

Master of Science Global Retailing

Do you want to become an inspired creative thinker and leader in an expanding, fast-paced industry? Are you ready to learn new strategies from faculty whose industry partnerships provide a stimulating real world experience? If you have answered yes to both questions, this program is the right match to your interests. Global Retailing uniquely expands opportunities for students to successfully operate and lead retail businesses throughout the international marketplace. With a focus on the dynamics of multi-cultural consumer behavior, retail analytics, profitability and financial models, our program shapes visionaries for a proactive retail workforce flourishing with excellent career opportunities.

Master of Science Human Resource Development

This graduate program is designed for those individuals who want to make a difference in the global world of Human Resource Development (HRD). Students examine e-learning tools; build an understanding of adult learning theory and organizational dynamics, practice research and productivity measurement techniques, and gain new insights into career development/talent management. The focus is on critical thinking, understanding theoretical foundations, developing instructional design strategies and using assessment techniques to measure program effectiveness, impact, and continuous quality improvement in diverse organizations. Upon completion, graduates are ready for leadership roles focused on sustaining growth and facilitating change in organizations.

Executive Master's Degree in Human Resource Development

The Executive Master's in Human Resource Development is a unique, experiential program that develops participants to lead strategy execution by leveraging learning and change from a global perspective. The program enables graduates to leverage learning and change theory, frameworks, tools and techniques that facilitate strategy execution. An integral component of the curriculum is immediate workplace application. Students are required to complete action research projects that relate to change and learning in a work setting. The action research projects start during the first semester and extend throughout the program, resulting in a capstone presentation in the final semester.