Throughout its 105 year history at the University of Manitoba, the study of Human Ecology has evolved to reflect the educational and research needs of a changing society. It has grown from being a diploma in Household Sciences at the Manitoba Agricultural College in 1910 to become the School of Home Economics in 1943. In 1970, the School was granted official faculty status and in 1981, the Faculty changed its name to Human Ecology to reflect the diversification of curricula. In 2012, discussions about exploring partnerships between the Faculty of Human Ecology and other faculties were initiated as part of the university’s Academic Structure Initiative.

As a result of the initiative, the Faculty of Human Ecology’s departments will all have joined with other faculties by July 1, 2015.  As such, the Faculty Council and Senate recommended that the Faculty of Human Ecology be closed effective July 1, 2015.  The Board of Governors approved this recommendation on June 23, 2015.

For further information, please see the message from Dr. Joanne C. Keselman, Vice-President (Academic) and Provost (dated June 26, 2015).  Additional details on the departmental moves can be found on this page.

Textile Sciences 

As part of the University of Manitoba's Academic Structure Initiative (ASI), Senate approved in principle and recommended to the Board of Governors the merger of the Department of Textile Sciences, Faculty of Human Ecology, and the Department of Biosystems Engineering, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. On March 17, 2015, the Board of Governors approved this recommendation.

By bringing together these departments, the University of Manitoba will strengthen productivity and innovation by generating designs based in engineering that provide solutions to environmental, agricultural, biological and health-related problems. This restructuring also enhances the application of nano-technology for the purposes of creating medical textiles and new health care options by continuing textile research in the context of the larger Biosystems Engineering innovation programs.  

It is anticipated that current undergraduate and graduate students in the Faculty of Human Ecology's Textile Sciences programs will transition to the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences for the Fall 2015 academic term. There will be no changes to the academic programs at this time and proposals for future changes to these or other academic programs, once in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, will follow the standard institutional processes already in place and will require the appropriate Senate and/or Board approvals. It is proposed that the academic and support staff from the Department of Textile Sciences will transition to the Department of Biosystems Engineering in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences with full rights and responsibilities by July 1, 2015.

For more information, please refer to the links on the right.
  

Family Social Sciences 

As part of the University of Manitoba's Academic Structure Initiative (ASI), Senate approved in principle and recommended to the Board of Governors the merger of the Department of Family Social Sciences (FSS), Faculty of Human Ecology, and the Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS), Faculty of Health Sciences. On June 24, 2014, the Board of Governors approved this recommendation.

By bringing together the Departments of FSS and CHS, the University of Manitoba strengthens its leadership role in teaching, research and outreach in family and population health research and education. The joining of these two departments will strengthen and enhance their respective missions, creating an innovative and unique emphasis on family and population health.

An implementation committee has been struck to guide the merger process and the associated transfer of the respective academic programs.  It is anticipated that undergraduate students in FSS programs will transition to the Faculty of Health Sciences for the Fall 2015 academic term.  It is proposed that the academic and support staff from the Department of FSS will transition to the Department of CHS in the Faculty of Health Sciences with full rights and responsibilities by July 1, 2015.

For more information, please refer to the links on the right.
 

Human Nutritional Sciences  
As part of the University of Manitoba's Academic Structure Initiative (ASI), on May 14, 2014, Senate approved, in principle, and recommended to the Board of Governors that it approve the joining of the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences to the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. On May 20, 2014, the Board of Governors approved this proposal. 

In order to maintain the unique health-oriented contribution that Human Nutritional Sciences brings to this new structure, the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences will retain department status in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences.

By bringing together the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences with the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, the University of Manitoba strengthens its leadership role in teaching, research and outreach to help build safe, healthy, just and sustainable food systems that can adapt to rapid change that our province, nation and the world are experiencing today.

The move of the department to the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences will be effective July 1, 2014.  Current and new Human Nutritional Sciences students will transition to the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences for the Fall 2014 academic term. 

For more information, please refer to the links on the right.