The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, initially called household or home economics and most recently called the Department of Human Resources, has been an integral part of the University of Hawaii since 1907. The curriculum focuses on individual, child and family development; consumer and home economics education; family economics and resource management; apparel design; consumer textiles; historic costumes; and apparel production with fashion marketing and fashion merchandising theory. The department offers two programs leading to the BS degree: Family Resources (FAMR), which focuses on individual and family development in the physical, social, multicultural and economic environments; and Apparel Product Design and Merchandising (APDM), which focuses on fashion design, fashion merchandising, and fashion promotion. Both programs draw on a variety of disciplines and the multicultural resources of Hawaii.
Areas of research interest to family resources faculty includes childhood, parenting, preschool, aging, consumer education, women in the workforce, and business in the home. Areas of research and teaching interest to textiles and clothing faculty includes the social psychology of dress, Asian costume, clothing preferences, history of costume, and legislation relating to marketing and merchandising of apparel.
II. COORDINATION OF COLLECTING RESPONSIBILITIES
In addition to its own literature, the department draws on the materials of such disciplines as American studies, Asian studies, business, marketing and advertising, art, anthropology, psychology, religion, sociology, theater and dance, nursing, social work and women's studies.
Wong AV Center Audiovisual material is selected by the Wong AV Center in close consultation with the Family and Consumer Sciences selector.
APDM faculty and students have found useful the library and museum collections available at the following depositories: Bishop Museum, State Department of Business and Economic Development, U.S. Customs, Hawaii State Archives, Hawaiian Historical Society, Hawaiian Mission Children's Society, and Lyman House Memorial Museum.
Date compiled: 6/01 Compiler: Jodie Mattos