Welcome to the Connie D. McKinney Department of Human Sciences, Hospitality, and Design!

The Connie D. McKinney Department of Human Sciences, Hospitality, and Design (HSHD) offers concentrations in five areas of studies. These concentrations are: Merchandising, Interior Design, Foods and Nutrition, Child Development, and Culinary Arts. The Department also offers a concentration in Family and Consumer Science leading to the Bachelor of Science and satisfies the qualification for the Alabama Class B Secondary Professional Certificate at the 6 – 12 level. Minor programs in Connie D. McKinney Department of Human Sciences, Hospitality, and Design include Human Environmental Sciences, Retail and Clothing, Foods and Nutrition, and Spatial Design.

Students will be prepared for careers in designated fields of study. The programs are also designed to prepare students who plan to attend graduate school to earn advanced degrees.

The Department has a unique environment that encourages interaction with faculty, staff, and other students. Opportunities for membership in pre-professional organizations encourage students to participate in the activities of the Department which include study tours, community and university service, and other project based activities. These pre-professional organizations provide opportunities for student leadership.

The Department is located in the Human Sciences, Hospitality, and Design Building in the heart of downtown Florence. Our second location is at the East Campus, a short distance the from main campus. We are proud of our facilities at both locations. Both have recently been renovated to give students the state-of-the-art and modern settings.

Please visit each concentration, view the course offerings, and meet the faculty and staff. Do not hesitate to contact us and arrange for a tour of our facilities.