The Human Ecology Difference
The UW-Madison School of Human Ecology offers a rich context for an undergraduate study focused on quality-of-life issues with a people-first perspective. Students and faculty work as a community of scholars to understand and improve the environments—social, psychological, economic, designed, and cultural—and relationships among individuals, families, and groups in which people live.
SoHE offers the degrees:
- Interior Architecture
- Textiles and Fashion Design
- Personal Finance
- Community and Nonprofit Leadership
- Human Development and Family Studies
- Retailing and Consumer Science
Each option includes a challenging array of coursework along with exciting opportunities for research, outreach, and service consistent with each student’s scholarly interests and career aspirations.
As part of a Research I institution, SoHE faculty members have national reputations in their fields of study and are highly committed to nurturing future scholars and practitioners. They conduct research and mentor students to address issues that cross disciplinary lines.
The School of Human Ecology has a strong tradition of outreach and counts several faculty members with budgeted extension appointments among its ranks. But all faculty members devote time and resources to ensuring their work benefits others beyond the campus. These efforts reflect the Wisconsin Idea, the notion that the university’s boundaries are those of the state, nation, and beyond.