From the Chair

Dr. Theresa Russo

Welcome to the Department of Human Ecology at SUNY Oneonta. We offer majors in Fashion and Textiles, Food Service and Restaurant Administration, Human Development and Family Studies, Human Ecology, and Nutrition and Dietetics. All of our programs support the mission of the college to nurture a community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially and live purposefully. Although our majors are each unique in preparing students for a career in their field of study, we unite around research and curricula focusing on the human experience and the relationships between people and their environment.

Our faculty are experts in their disciplines and often recognized for their excellence in teaching and commitment to students. Our programs offer a wide range of experiential learning opportunities, including internships, study abroad and student research to engage students and prepare them professionally.

If you are a prospective student or a parent of a prospective student, I invite you to visit us on campus and learn more about what our department is able to provide you. Please contact me if you have any questions about our programs.

Theresa J. Russo, Ph.D., CFLE

Chair of Human Ecology


Our Mission

Prepare competent human ecology professionals capable of developing solutions to complex individual, family, consumer, and community issues as they relate to their area of specialization.

Promote the understanding of the interrelatedness of social, economic, political, technological, cultural, and physical elements that affect the well-being of individuals, families, society, and the world.

Integrate knowledge, theory, research, and application in courses and programs which further the understanding of human ecology.

Utilize scholarship and life-long learning as a means of improving the quality of life at the micro and macro levels of society.

Foster creativity, personal growth, critical thinking, civic engagement, and professional ethics.

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