The Master of Arts in Human Environmental Studies offers students a solid foundation in research methods, philosophy and theory of the field, plus the flexibility to select elective courses that meet the student's academic interests. This degree is designed for returning secondary education teachers who wish to improve their skills in teaching and curriculum development, as well as for returning professionals in child care, dietetics, family studies, fashion merchandising, and interior design. The program also prepares professionals for research and advanced study in Human Environmental Studies subject matter areas.
Individuals admitted to the Master of Arts program must have at least 18 hours of courses in Human Environmental Studies or closely related disciplines. For more information, please consult the Graduate Bulletin.
All admitted students are assigned to a graduate advisor in their subject area of interest. Contact the Department of Human Environmental Studies office for information about your advisor.
Human Environmental Studies professionals in education, human service agencies, and businesses are frequently given the opportunity to advance to supervisory positions within the organization. The Master of Arts program provides the opportunity for them to study current issues in the field and to prepare for management assignments.
Teaching assistantships are available in Interior Design, Dietetics, and Family Studies, as well as in the Center for Child Studies and University Child Enrichment Center. Application forms are available from the Department of Human Environmental Studies office (Scully 114). Contact the Human Environmental Studies Department office for information about GA positions.
Thesis (both quantitative and qualitative formats) and non-thesis paper options are available. The creative thesis option is available for interior design students only.
The Department of Human Environmental Studies office, the Center for Child Studies, and department classrooms are located on the first floor of Scully Hall. The University Child Enrichment Center is located at 1912 Broadway in Cape Girardeau.
There are multiple opportunities for students to complete research with department faculty.
The Department of Human Environmental Studies offers three different graduate programs:
Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Fashion and Consumer Studies
The Department generally supports 7 to 9 assistantships. Applications for assistantships can be located in the main office at 114 Scully. Generally applications are received and reviewed from March through May. The appointments are for two years and pay a small stipend plus all tuition costs. The assistantships are for the fall and spring semesters only and do not include holidays or university breaks. Tuition costs cover 6 to 9 hours for fall and spring semesters and up to 6 hours for summer sessions. Questions regarding assistantships should be directed to the Department Chair. Assistantships are in the form of teaching assistantships and non teaching assistantships.
Criteria for graduate assistantships are as follows:
Department of Human Environmental Studies
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza, MS 5750
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Phone: (573) 651-2729
Fax: (573) 651-2949