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CHE celebrates 55 years as a College and 95 years as a discipline this 2016...

     The College of Home Economics (CHE) was established by the Board of Regents on July 27, 1961. It emanated from the Department of Home Economics in the College of Education where the discipline was officially recognized on November 12, 1921, 40 years before the College was established.

     In beginning years, CHE offered two undergraduate degree programs: BS Food Technology (BSFT) and BS in Home Economics (BSHE), major in any of the following fields: Nutrition and Dietetics; Home Arts; Clothing, Textiles and Related Arts; Family Life and Child Development; Clothing, Home Furnishing and Craft Merchandising; and Food and Equipment Merchandising. The graduate programs, which started with the University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, were transferred to CHE's administration: Master of Home Economics (MHE), Master of Arts in Home Economics (MAHE), and Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition (MSFN).

     On its 40th year, the College was administering 17 curricular programs: seven undergraduate and 10 graduate. With the multiplication and diversification of its curricular offerings, a systematic and substantial disciplinary identity development and curricular review was undertaken by the faculty. In 1990, the discipline of Home Economics was defined by the faculty in their own terms and in 1992, the Educative Goals of the College were articulated. Three CHE common courses were instituted to better address CHE educative goals and to provide a venue for exchange of ideas among CHE students accros sub-disciplines.

     To enhance its thrust, the Filipino Family and the Nation Series was oganized in 1991, numerous public fora on issues affecting Filipino families were conducted from 1992 onward and the Family Studies Program was established in 1994 as was the Food Safety Project and CHE-Libis Pahinungod in 1995.

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