Human Sciences

The mission of Southeastern's Human Sciences program is to prepare students for professions which enhance and strengthen the well-being of individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan. Through dynamic coursework and a variety of field experiences, students develop the knowledge, skills, and professional characteristics to pursue careers or advance studies in Human Development and Family Studies, Child Life, or Nutrition Education and Promotion.

Today's Human Sciences professionals practice in multiple settings.They are early childhood, elementary, secondary, university/college, and Extension educators, administrators and managers, human service professionals, researchers, community volunteers, business people, and consultants who address the issues most important to our quality of life. Southeastern's Human Sciences program is accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) and recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

The five-year plan includes all Human Sciences courses planned to be offered each Fall and Spring semester from 2017-2022. This document also includes Human Sciences courses that will possibly be offered during the summer semesters.


The Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences offers 3 dynamic concentration areas that help fulfill our mission and strengthen employment opportunities for students based on their professional interests. The concentration areas include:

Child Life

Child Life prepares students to work with children and their families in the hospital setting. Certified Child Life Specialists are allied health professionals who typically work in pediatric hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation sites, hospices, and other health care settings. 

Human Development & Family Studies

The family studies concentration prepares students to enhance the lives of children and families through research, classroom instruction, and internship experiences. Careers of interest include:

  • Parenting Educator
  • Youth Program Director
  • Family Services Worker
  • Children's Services

Nutrition Education & Promotion

Nutrition is a field encompassing careers in direct sales, food and nutrition research, communications, community nutrition, nutrition education, nutrition and fitness, the food industry, and food service. Careers of interest include:

  • Food Companies
  • Community Nutrition Education

Human Sciences Minor

The human Sciences (HMSC) minor supports student preparation for a career serving families and the community. Curriculum requirements for the minor in HUSC are 18 hours of HDFS/CL/NUTR/HUSC courses. 

Note: Only one of the following nutrition courses can count towards the minor in HMSC: FCS 224, NUTR 251, or NUTR 342

Southeastern Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (SAFCS)

Mission Statement

Southeastern Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

The mission of SAFCS is to provide information, which involves careers in working with children and families in business or government agencies, fashion merchandising, nutrition, and teaching secondary vocational FCS.
Our primary goal through leadership is to allow FCS to become recognized to potential and current students of Southeastern Louisiana University.


The goals of SAFCS are to affect the optimal well being of students & individuals by:

  • Empowering members to act on continuing and emerging concerns

  • Focusing the expertise of members for action on critical issues

  • Assuming leadership among organizations with mutual purposes

Advantages of Joining SAFCS

  • Joining a professional organization as a collegiate

  • Community service projects

  • Food & clothing drives

  • Literary Rally

  • Social Events

    • Speakers in FCS-related professions

    • Senior banquet

    • Fall luncheon

    • LAFCS conference

  • Leadership opportunities

  • Gain organization and management skills

  • Personal development

  • Learn to work as a team

  • Network with other FCS students and professionals in the field

  • Get to know the FCS faculty

  • Earn bonus points in FCS classes

Dues are $5.00 per semester/ $10.00 per year (Southeastern)
$60.00 for National (includes local)

Membership Information

Membership Policies

  • Member must pay dues in full by deadline in order to receive benefits of the organization.

  • Member's name must be on master roll in order to be considered a member.

  • In order to be considered an active member you must attend at least 3 meetings/events.


  • To be a member of the SAFCS chapter, a chapter membership fee of $10 is required ($5 per semester).

  • To be a member of both the SAFCS and AAFCS chapters, a membership fee of $60.00 is required. These dues include a monthly FCS journal, the AAFCS professional newsletter and opportunities to participate in state and national FCS activities (this fee includes local dues).

  • Make all checks payable to SAFCS.


  • Meeting dates and times vary each semester. Check the bulletin board outside of room 123 White Hall for the most current calendar.

  • Meetings include announcements of upcoming events, guest speakers and planning of current activities.

Current information available to FCS majors on Moodle

  • Members' names and e-mail addresses are posted here

  • Current SAFCS information about meetings and upcoming events can be accessed here.

  • Emails are sent by Officer's to members to remind them of upcoming events.

Contact Information:

Faculty Advisor: Heather Dykes
White Hall 103
Phone: 985-549-5398

Faculty Advisor: Brandy Williams
White Hall 110A
Phone: 985-549-5928