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Human Environmental Sciences Department

The Department of Human Environmental Sciences uses an interdisciplinary approach to study the relationship among individuals, families and communities and the environments in which they function. As an applied science program, the department focuses on assisting people to improve their quality of life, thereby improving the conditions of society.


Contact Information
Eunyoung Yang
Department Head and Associate Professor, Human Environmental Sciences
205 Martin Hall
yange@meredith.edu
(919) 760-8729


Ellen Brewer House

Ellen Brewer House - Infants and Child Development Majors

The Ellen Brewer House is a five star, on-campus childcare program serving children whose ages range from 6 weeks to 2 years. It has been cited statewide as an exemplary program and offers child development students the opportunity for hands-on learning.

History of Success

Human Environmental Sciences - 100 Years Celebration social gathering

The Human Environmental Sciences department has a 100-year history at Meredith. The program began in 1914, and hundreds of alumnae have since gone on to successful lives of service to the field and their communities. Read more about our 100-year history.

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Helina Biru

When Helina Biru, ’18, arrived on the Meredith College campus in 2014 from Ethiopia, she couldn’t anticipate just how much she would achieve in four years.

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Emily Wilkinson

Emily Wilkinson, ’19, has always had a passion for children and individuals with special needs. Her Meredith experience has grown that passion and her own personal experiences have inspired her to become a special education teacher.

Human Environmental Sciences Videos

Meredith Minute | How does interior design work?

Meredith Minute | How does interior design work?

Martha Burpitt explains how interior design works.


Meredith Minute | How does interior design work?

Martha Burpitt explains how interior design works.

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Design at Meredith College

Meredith offers majors in graphic design, interior design, and fashion merchandising and design. A focus on professional preparation means graduates enter their fields ready to excel.


Design at Meredith College

Meredith offers majors in graphic design, interior design, and fashion merchandising and design. A focus on professional preparation means graduates enter their fields ready to excel.

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Strong Story | Kelly Fox

Family and consumer sciences major Kelly Fox, ’20, is a future educator who loves helping people and connecting with her community. Through her varied experiences she has learned to embrace her strengths and is excited to help create a culture of respect in the classroom.


Strong Story | Kelly Fox

Family and consumer sciences major Kelly Fox, ’20, is a future educator who loves helping people and connecting with her community. Through her varied experiences she has learned to embrace her strengths and is excited to help create a culture of respect in the classroom.

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