SUNY Oneonta

Human Ecology

Professor: Bueche, Russo; Associate Professors: Angell, Bueche, Chiweshe, Choi, Hilpert, Joest, Proulx (Chair); Assistant Professors: Dowdell, Kim, Lee, Rombo, Seery; Lecturer: Avanzato, Jurasinski, Loomis, Oberkircher


The objectives of the Human Ecology Department reflect the overall objectives of the College. Human Ecology describes the interdisciplinary programs concerned with family well-being, human development and welfare, the human environment, and their interrelationships. An ecological perspective is contextual and focuses on reciprocal relationships between people and their environments, the development of human potential, and the formation of social goals. Graduates are prepared for careers in teaching, fashion, business, dietetics/nutrition, industry, and human services. Courses are designed to foster creativity, promote personal growth, develop reasoning and management skills, and integrate scholarly methods and research into both the clinical and academic experience. The Department encourages and facilitates the concept of life-long learning and professional commitment.


Bachelor of Science


General Human Ecology

Fashion and Textiles

Options in cooperation with the Fashion Institute of Technology:

Accessories Design

Advertising and Marketing Communications

Fashion Business Management

Fashion Design

Textile Development and Marketing

Textile/Surface Design

Child and Family Studies


Food Service and Restaurant Administration


Event Planning

Fashion and Textiles

Post Baccalaureate Dietetic Internship (ACEND)

For information, see the Graduate Catalog.

Special Programs and Facilities

The College has cooperative program with the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Students spend a year at the Fashion Institute earning an A.A.S. degree and three years at SUNY Oneonta earning a B.S. degree. Admission to FIT is competitive. The Child Development Center provides experiential learning for students. Human Ecology Student Computer Laboratory enables the student to accomplish computer applications in Nutrition, Food Service Management, Consumer and Fashion Merchandising. CAD capabilities enhance the design process for fashion. A fully equipped commercial kitchen provides hands on experience for students.

Students are encouraged to complete an off-campus internship to gain applied and workplace experience.

Requirements for the Majors

37-52 s.h. in Human Ecology subject matter is required. Specific requirements for each major are listed in the following pages.

Articulation between SUNY Oneonta and some two-year units of SUNY facilitates the transfer of credits to the majors and emphases in Human Ecology.

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