Our Collective History
In February 2013, the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System approved a name change to the College of Health and Human Sciences.
What is now known as the College of Health and Human Sciences was formed in 1986 when the College of Professional Studies and the College of Human Resource Sciences, formerly known as Home Economics, joined to create the College of Applied Human Sciences. This merger brought together the Departments of Education, Communication Disorders, Industrial Sciences, Physical Education, Social Work, and Vocational Education from the College of Professional Studies, and the Departments of Consumer Sciences and Housing, Food Sciences and Nutrition, Human Development and Family Studies, Occupational Therapy, Textiles and Clothing, and Home Economics Education from the College of Human Resource Sciences. The interior design program was transferred from the Department of Art and combined with the Departments of Textiles and Clothing, and Consumer Sciences to form the Department of Design, Merchandising, and Consumer Sciences. The Departments of Education and Vocational Education joined to become what is now the School of Education.
In 2011, we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the formation of the College of Applied Human Sciences.
The new name more clearly defines the disciplines and mission of the College, which have evolved through the years. Adding health allows us to better promote our programs to align with student needs, national priorities, community professionals, alumni activities, and supporters of our College.
Human health and improving the quality of life has been a part of our College since its origins in the fields of Home Economics and Professional Studies. The disciplines in our College are focused on research and outreach, helping people achieve physical, mental, and social well-being. For example, we are:
- Advancing health and independence across the lifespan through multi-disciplinary inquiry
- Preventing disease by supporting exercise and good nutrition
- Advocating for sustainable communities
- Promoting quality education for people of all ages
- Optimizing design and construction for a healthy living
The College of Health and Human Sciences is currently led by Dean Jeff McCubbin, who came to CSU in July 2011.
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