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Family and Consumer Sciences, Apparel Product Design and Merchandising


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 and teaching interest to APDM faculty include the social and cultural psychology of clothing and dress, Asian costume, clothing preferences, the history of costume, and legislation relating to marketing and merchandising of apparel.


In addition to its own literature, the APDM program draws on the materials of such disciplines as American studies, Asian studies, business, marketing and advertising, art, anthropology, psychology, sociology, theater and dance, 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.


Language: Primarily English. Some Asian language materials are selected for the APDM program.

Chronological: No limitations, although current imprints are emphasized.

Geographic: No limitations, although the APDM program tends to focus on the United States, Hawaii, the Pacific basin, and Asia.

Date of Publication: No limitations, although the emphasis is on contemporary materials.

Types and Formats of Materials Collected: Books and serials in hard copy make up the largest part of the collection. Government documents and audiovisual materials are also collected. Dissertations are rarely acquired. All formats may be collected, including electronic, print, and microform.

Electronic Format: Electronic resources include indexes, databases, reference tools, e-books, and so forth. Networked electronic access is preferred for full text journal literature and for indexing and abstracting.

Treatment: For the APDM program, "how-to" books are rarely collected and arts and crafts material is limited to historical, ethnic, and theoretical aspects. Selected materials on textiles and textiles manufacturing; natural, organic and man-made fibers; textiles/fabrics/garments utilizing technology are selectively acquired.

Major Microform Holdings: The Human Relations Area Files are of use to the APDM programs for its cross-cultural approach.

Compiled by: Jodie Mattos
Date: June 2008

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