The HSD Department at Baylor University develops scholars and leaders who apply a Christian worldview to improve the quality of life and human experience for individuals, families, and communities by advancing education, scholarship, and service related to nutrition, apparel, the built environment, human development, and family relationships.
The purpose of the Department of Human Sciences and Design is to prepare graduates to function as practicing professionals with a major focus on individual, family, and community well-being. Each of the programs within human sciences and design addresses a particular aspect of life firmly supported by a strong knowledge base. Each professional program provides breath and depth in the content area of specialization and develops student competencies essential to contemporary practice in the professional field, excelling in areas of capacity building, wellness, resource development and sustainability, technology, and global interdependence. Each program strives to prepare individuals with divergent abilities and interests for professional roles of leadership in business, communications, community services and development, education, extension, government, health care, industry, and related positions. Educated in service-based disciplines, students enter the job market in positions related to marketing consumer goods and services, developing and improving products and services, ensuring food safety and nutrition, and caring for and supporting the needs of children and families. Graduates are also involved in market research of clothing and textiles, designing functional, safe, and aesthetic environments, and teaching in public and private settings.
Students in Human Sciences and Design are strongly supported by faculty members in their various disciplines representing a diversity of interests and backgrounds related to their specialized fields. Faculty prepare students for future career paths through experiential learning, leadership and involvement in professional and service learning experiences. Students are prepared to enter the work force with a deep sense of responsibility and shared concern for all of mankind, ethically embracing opportunities and accepting challenges.
The Department of Human Sciences and Design at Baylor University was established as a department with a curriculum leading to a degree in 1933. It was recognized, at that time, as the Department of Home Economics. Classes were taught at six different locations across campus with a Bachelor of Science degree offered in home economics education, general home economics, and fashion merchandising.
In 1977, the department moved into its own new quarters at the corner of 8th Street and M. P. Daniel Esplanade and was named the Mary Gibbs Jones Home Economics Building in recognition of the wife of Houston businessman and philanthropist, Jesse H. Jones whose generous gift made this facility possible. The department name was changed to Family and Consumer Sciences in 1994 and Human Sciences and Design in 2020. The Mary Gibbs Jones Building also houses the Parker Design Center.
Today, the department offers six professional degree programs: Child and Family Studies, Nutrition Sciences, Apparel Design and Product Development, Apparel Merchandising, Interior Design, and General Family & Consumer Sciences.
Two other facilities also support departmental programs. The Goebel Building houses a computer lab and resource lab for the Interior Design program. Additionally, the Goebel Building houses textile, body scanning, and wear testing labs. The Piper Center for Family Studies and Child Development located at 315 Washington Avenue serves as a lab school for students in Child and Family Studies.