School of Human Ecology
Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Ecology (Inter-HE)
Professors Flanagan, Jasper (chair), Way, Zeldin; Associate Professor Bakken; Assistant Professor Christens
The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Ecology offers two majors: a major in Family, Consumer and Community Education, and a major in Community and Nonprofit Leadership. These majors provide a broad-based interdisciplinary education and a set of applied methodologies that prepare leaders and educators for family-human issues-community focused programming, teaching and coordinating responsibilities. These positions are found in education and in community, nonprofit, human services and business settings. The majors include general studies requirements in humanities, social sciences and natural sciences; specialized emphasis in human ecology areas; and attention to both education and community change processes.
The undergraduate major in family, consumer and community education provides a foundation in family and consumer issues and in strategies for working with youth, adults and families that can lead to graduate studies in human ecology, education, or other social science areas.
Students interested in master's and doctoral degree programs with an emphasis in family, consumer and/or community education may want to consider the graduate program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) in the School of Education. Courses in educational leadership and policy analysis prepare graduates for roles and advancement in secondary, postsecondary, and university teaching; training and development in business and industry, community, and extension education; research and administration. Information on ELPA is contained in the School of Education section of this catalog and in the Graduate School Catalog. Students may also consider graduate programs in other education or social science areas.
A new graduate program option in Human Ecology - Civil Society and Community Leadership - is also being developed.
Certificate programs are optional and are not required for graduation. UW-Madison-sponsored programs that may be relevant for Interdisciplinary program students include:
The UW-Madison Leadership Certificate Program is sponsored by the Center for Leadership and Involvement. For more information, see Leadership Certificate.
Criminal Justice Certificate: The Criminal Justice Certificate Program is a special sequence of courses and field work for students wanting to learn about the dynamics of America's criminal and juvenile justice systems. For additional information see Criminal Justice Certificate Program.
The Undergraduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship is administered through the Management and Human Resources Department in the School of Business. The program builds on the experience of the cross campus Initiative for Studies in Transformational Entrepreneurship (INSITE) and of the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship in the Wisconsin School of Business. INSITE’s Deans of Engineering, Law, and College of Agricultural and Life Sciences along with the Deans of Letters and Science and School of Human Ecology have actively endorsed the new program. For additional information see Certificate Program in Entrepreneurship.