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Family and Consumer Sciences, Family Resources


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. A Master's program in Family Resources is forthcoming.

Areas of research interest to family resources faculty include childhood, adolescence, parenting, preschool, aging, consumer education, women in the workforce, and business in the home.


In addition to its own literature, the FamR department draws on the materials of such disciplines as psychology, sociology, marketing and advertising, 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.


Language: Primarily English.

Chronological: No limitations, although current imprints are emphasized.

Geographic: No limitations, although the 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.

Electronic Format: All formats may be collected, including electronic, print, and microform. 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: Materials on the legal, political, economic, business, and social aspects of families; professional and applied training approaches to working in the family studies field; and popular culture and familial customs of various countries around the world are actively collected.

Compiled by: Jodie Mattos
Date: June 2008

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