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Departments of the College

     The College has five departments, namely: Home Economics Education; Family Life and Child Development; Food Science and Nutrition; Clothing, Textiles and Interior Design; and Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management. Through the five departments, the College administers seven undergraduate programs, one of which is offered jointly wth anouther College in the University. It has 10 graduate programs, one at the diploma, six at the master's and three at the doctoral level.



     The department of Home Economics Education (HEEd) is the oldest department at CHE. Established in 1922 under the College of Education, it is the forerunner o the present Deparment of Home Economics Education, which was organized in 1961 when the CHE was created. Its mission is to develop home economists who are exemplars of knowledge, skills and humanitarian values commited to enabling individuals and families to become effective members of the local and global communities through quality instruction, research and extension (HEEd Faculty, 2003).

     At the heart of the Department's mission is the vision of empowered Fiipino families who are able to take charge of improving their well-being. TO realize this mission, the deparment focuses on four areas of integration - 1.) Home Economics Education and Training; 2.) Household Resource Management; 3.) Entrepreneurship and livehood education, and 4.) Consumer Education. Coupled with the fundamental knowledge of foods and nutrition, clothing and crafts, shelter and home management, and family life, these integrative areas contribute greatly to stronger, empowered individuals and families by equipping them for effective personal, family and community living; and by improving day-to-day living of families through expanded and judicious use of resources, efficient management of home and family, promoting sustainable consumption, and greater appreciation of local tehnologies, perceptions and practices.

     The department continues to carry the flagship home economics programs of the college - the Bachelor, Master's and Ph.D. in Home Economics. The department is a pioneer in the development of graduate studies in Home Economics. In fact, the Ph.D. in Home Economics is the only continuing doctoral program in home economics in the Philippines.

     The HEED Department administers the following programs:

        Bachelor of Science in Home Economics (BSHE)

        Master of Home Economics (MHE)

        Doctor of Philosophy (Home Economics) (PhDHE)


     The BSHE is a four-year degree program which provides a broad foundation in general home economics. It emphasizes the integration of knowledge from the different areas of home economics, namely: clothing and related arts, food preparation and service, foof science and technology and nutrition. The curriculum is bolstered by these integrative courses: home economics and consumer education, household resource management, entrepreneurship, and research.




     The Department of Family Life and Child Development (FLCD) was established in July 27, 1961 when the Board of Regents approved the creation of the CHE. Its objective is to provide a theoretical and practical training for competent practice and leadership in the fields of family life and child developement and preschool education.

     The FLCD Department offers three curricular programs:

       Bachelor of Science in Family Life and Child Development (BSFLCD)

       Diploma in Early Childhood Development (DECD)

       Master of Family Life and Child Development (MFLCD)


     The BSFLCD program, which was instituted in 1976, is a four-year course that prepares students for professional careers in teaching and supervision of preschool children in different institutional settings, for planning and administration of family life program, and for research on Filipino children and families.


     The DECD was instituted on March 25, 1995, and is a one-year post baccalaureate course for practicing or would-be preschool teachers or adminstrators with minimal or no formal training in early childhood education. The program was instituted to respond to the growing need for teacher training in preschool education. One of the highlights if the program is a 3-unit practicum course at the department's laboratory preschool, the U.P. Child Development Center. The practicum course provides the students the opportunity to apply the knowledge learned in their classes and obtain hands-on experience working with children for one semester.

     The MFLCD was instituted in 1983 and is a two-year program designed to equip professionals with essential theories and skills or building and nurturing careers in early childhood and family life. Graduates of the MFLCD program pursue, among others, careers as child development consultants, preschool teachers and administrators, family life specialists, program planners and researchers.





     The Department of Food Science and Nutrition (FSN) was created in 1961, when the CHE was established. Its objective is to develop value-laden professionals and leaders in the fields of Nutrition and Food Science and Technology.

     The FSN Department offers six degree programs at three academic levels: two baccalaureate, two master's and two doctoral. All these programs are anchored on the study of food.



         Bachelor of Science in Community Nutrition (BSCN)

         Bachelor of Science in Food Technology (BSFT)



         Master of Science in Nutrition (MSN)

         Master of Science in Food Science (MSFS)

         Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition) (PhDN)

         Doctor of Philosophy (Food Science) (PhDFS)






     The Department of Clothing, Textiles and Interior Design (CTID), formely known as the Department of Clothing, Textiles and Related Arts (CTRA), started off as one of the four departments established under the College of Home Economics (CHE) in 1961. Like the other departments in the College, the CTID Department is involved in instruction, research and extension. Likewise, its academic programs centers on the basic needs of families, specifically on clothing and interior space.

     The Department offers the following curricular programs:

       Bachelor of Science in Clothing Technology (BSCT)

       Bachelor of Science in Interior Design (BSID)

       Master of Interior Design (MID)


     The BSCT program was instituted in 1975. The program offers courses in clothing design, production and merchandising and research. It is strengthened by 12 units of practicum in the clothing industry. It prepares students to systematically apply the basic concepts, principles and techniques of industrial technology, management and design to the different aspects of clothing, production, distribution and consumption. The program aims to meet the need of individuals, families and institutions as it addresses the aesthetic, social, cultural, ecnomic, managerial and environmental concerns in clothing. A graduate of the program qualifies for managerial and technical positions in garment and textile manufacturing, buying/trading companies, retail service and research establishments.

     Instituted in 1973, the BSID, formerly titled Bachelor of Interior Design (BID), is a joint program between CHE and the College of Architecture. It provides a broad general education and specialization in interior design. Specifically, it includes courses in design, history of art, furniture construction, soft furnishings, aesthetic, socio-economic, cultural and environmental aspects of daily living in shaping and treating space to meet the needs of individuals, families and institutions. The program trains an prepares its students to qualify for the licensure examination or interior designers. BSID graduates qualify for positions such as junior project merchandiser, display artist, movie or TV production designer; events planner, stylist for interior design magazines, and entrepreneur for interior accessories.

     The MID program, initially offered in 1996, is designed to upgrade the competencies in the teaching of Interior Design at the tertiary level. Being the only master's degree in interior design in the country, it likewise provides advanced training in interior design for practitioners in terms of strengthening their skills in research and creative work. It also addresses the requirement of the Commission of Higher Education (CHED) pertaining to interior design educators obtaining a master's degree. Specifically, it includes courses in theory of interior design, interior design education, interior design techology, environmental concerns in interior design and comparative interior design.




     The Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management (HRIM), originally a part of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, became a separate department in MAy 1998. The HRIM program was instituted n response to an urgent need for graduates for middle management level who are well grounded in both business and hotel as well as food service administration.


     The HRIM Department offers two curricular programs:

       Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management (BSHRIM)

       Master of Food Service Administration (MFSA)