Although it is not possible to earn a degree specifically in home economics, there are colleges and universities around the country that cover the topic within programs in related fields, such as consumer and family sciences. Programs are available at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels.
Schools with Home Economics Programs
Here is some information about 4-year institutions in the US offering programs that include studies related to home economics, with undergraduate tuition rates based on the 2015-2016 academic year:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Ohio State University-Main Campus||Columbus, OH||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$10,037 in-state, $27,365 out-of-state|
|The University of Texas at Austin||Austin, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Doctoral||$9,806 in-state, $34,676 out-of-state|
|Michigan State University||East Lansing, MI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$13,560 in-state, $36,360 out-of-state|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||Madison, WI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$10,415 in-state, $29,665 out-of-state|
|Purdue University-Main Campus||West Lafayette, IN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$10,002 in-state, $28,804 out-of-state|
|Florida State University||Tallahassee, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$6,507 in-state, $21,673 out-of-state|
|University of Arizona||Tucson, AZ||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Doctoral||$11,403 in-state, $32,630 out-of-state|
|California State University-Long Beach||Long Beach, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$6,452 in-state, $17,612 out-of-state|
|University of North Texas||Denton, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$9,730 in-state, $19,090 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
The following information should also be helpful for those looking into home economic schools:
- Students can choose between programs based on their area of interest within the field, such as nutrition, health, personal finances or household management.
- Some students may find the flexibility of Web-based or evening classes more desirable over standard, daytime and weekday course offerings.
- Students who are particularly interested in the financial aspects of home economics may want to look for programs that include specific preparation for the Certified Financial Planner examination.
- Prospective students may want to look for a school that has a home economics club.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
There are many bachelor's degree programs that cover home economics. Possible majors include human ecology, consumer and family financial services; human development and family sciences; consumer science with a specialization in personal finance; family studies and human development or family life education. Student in these four-year programs must also fulfill general education requirements.
Master's Degree Programs
Most master's degree programs that cover home economics lead to a Master of Science (MS) degree. Depending on the student's area of interest, programs are available in consumer sciences, family studies, consumer behavior and educational psychology with a focus in family science. These programs provide advanced coursework in the field, as well as the opportunity to conduct high-level research leading to a master's thesis. Graduates are prepared to enroll in doctoral programs or pursue managerial positions in a home economics-related industry.
Doctoral Degree Programs
For individuals who want to dedicate their careers to academic study of home economics and related topics, PhD programs are available in human development and family sciences, family and child ecology, consumer sciences, and family and consumer economics. In these programs, students conduct faculty-supervised research in a particular area of interest, culminating in a final dissertation and defense. Some programs also include teaching assistantships that help future professors improve their pedagogical skills.
To recap, home economics programs, while called by many different names, are offered by numerous universities at the bachelor's through Ph.D. level. Coursework can include personal finance, household management, family psychology, and many other topics.