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Family and Consumer Sciences

Fashion Design & Merchandising Program

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Family and Consumer Sciences

Fashion Design and Merchandising
Miller 201
Tel: (808) 956-8133

Human Development and Family Studies
Krauss Annex 7
Tel: (808) 956-6519

2515 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822


B. W. K. Yee, PhD (Chair)—Asia and Pacific Islander adult development and aging, women’s health, Southeast Asians, minority career paths
Y. Bahng, PhD—retailing, international merchandising, and entrepreneurship (FDM)
M. Berry, PhD—policies, practices, and programs in child and family welfare, including family support, abuse prevention, foster care and adoption (COF)
R. A. Caulfield, PhD—infancy, childhood, life span development (HDFS)
M. Cheang, DrPH—family resource management, family caregiving (HDFS)
J. L. Chong, MEd—adult and youth volunteer and leadership development, 4-H youth development (Hawai‘i Cooperative Extension Service)
M. A. Cristi, MS—merchandising management; consumer behavior and sociology (FDM)
B. De Baryshe, PhD—child development, early childhood education, family resilience (COF)
J. Goodwin, PhD—volunteer development, leadership development, ethical decision-making education, 4-H program management (Cooperative Extension Service)
H. Greenwood-Junkemeier, MS—aging and intergenerational programs (Maui Cooperative Extension Service)
J. Kang, PhD—consumer behavior in digital commerce; apparel product development and retail store design using 2D/3D CAD (FDM)
L. J. Kawamura, MPH—4-H youth development, foods and nutrition (Kaua‘i Cooperative Extension Service)
T. N. Le, PhD, MPH—risk and resilience of Asian and Indigenous youth; mindfulness-based interventions (HDFS)
S. Lewin-Bizan, PhD—parenting and father-child relationships; child and youth development within the contexts of family, school, and economic resources; fatherhood program evaluation (HDFS)
S. Lin, PhD—textile/costume conservation, product lifecycle management (FDM)
M. I. Martini, PhD—parenting and family relationships across cultures (HDFS)
D. M. Masuo, PhD—consumer and family economics (HDFS)
C. M. Nakatsuka, MEd—4-H youth division-military 4-H partner-ships (O‘ahu Cooperative Extension Service)
N. E. Ooki, MA—youth development, 4-H (Maui Cooperative Extension Service)
A. H. Reilly, PhD—social psychology of appearance including body image (FDM)
R. L. Settlage, MS—4-H youth development livestock (Hawai‘i Cooperative Extension Service)
J. J. Yahirun, PhD—aging, health, intergenerational relationships, life course, migration/immigration (COF)
L. A. Yancura, PhD—stress and aging, research methodology, grandparents raising grandchildren, family caregivers (HDFS)
H. Zan, PhD—economics of health behaviors, health and healthcare, caregiving and intergenerational transfer, household consumption (COF)

Degrees Offered: BS in fashion design and merchandising, minor in merchandising, BS in human development and family studies, MEd in early childhood education in conjunction with the College of Education

The Academic Program

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences has been an integral part of the land-grant system and of UH since 1907. The department offers two bachelor of science degree programs: Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) and Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS).

The FDM program integrates theoretical and applied knowledge regarding apparel design, consumer textiles, historic costume, apparel production, and apparel marketing and merchandising theory and practice, both domestic and international. The program fosters the development of professionals prepared for management-level positions in business and industry, such as apparel designer, buyer, merchandise manager, sales representative, costume designer, manufacturer, and store owner. An internship providing work experience related to a student’s career interests is required. Majors complete a core of courses in subjects integral to apparel product development careers.

HDFS is a Bachelor of Science degree program that provides students with a comprehensive, ecological systems-based program of study in life span development and family resource management. The HDFS curriculum emphasizes the study of child, adolescent, adult development; family development (such as marriage and parenting); family resource management (such as consumer and family economics and family management); community needs; and leadership in human services occupations.

The program requires an internship providing work experience related to a student’s career interests. Students are prepared for bachelor-level careers in human and family services, and for graduate training in child and family studies, early childhood education, life span development, family life education, family and consumer sciences, and marriage and family therapy.

With supplementary course work, students may pursue graduate training in other social science disciplines such as social work, educational counseling, public health, urban and regional planning (e.g., community development), sociology, psychology, and law.

In addition to courses offered in the department, there are professional and honor society organizations. Phi Upsilon Omicron is a national honor society in family and consumer sciences with membership by invitation. Friends of the Family (FOF) provides service and professional experiences for HDFS majors while Innovators of Fashion (IF) does the same for FDM majors. Majors from any discipline are welcome to join FOF and IF.

Undergraduate Study

Students are encouraged to come for initial advising before registering for the first year at UH Manoa or prior to their application for admission as a transfer student.

As part of the college program requirements, all FDM and HDFS degree candidates must fulfill one of the following Quantitative Reasoning courses: BUS 250, ICS 141, ICS 241, MATH 100, 112, 140*, 161, 203*, 215*, 241*, 251A*, NREM 203, PHIL 110, 110A, or 111. (Please note that MATH 103, 104, and 135 do not fulfill the quantitative reasoning requirement for FDM and HDFS.)

* Math Department’s Precalculus Assessment required.

Academic Advising

For academic advising, see the contact information in the front section. Academic advisors are available by appointment only, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (except holidays). Appointment website: Gilmore Hall, first floor, email: Advising website:

Career Advising

Fashion Design and Merchandising
Miller 201
2515 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8133

Human Development and Family Studies
Krauss Annex 7
2515 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-6519

Fashion Design and Merchandising Program

Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) is a comprehensive undergraduate program whose mission is to prepare students with appropriate knowledge and skills for career positions in apparel and fashion-related industries. Classroom work is enhanced by one of the largest costume collections at a university in the U.S., giving students and faculty a rich source of items to draw upon for their classes and projects. In addition, students have the opportunity to use web-based technologies to supplement classroom activities. Opportunities to study at other universities and to participate in study tours to fashion centers of the world are another plus. A strong foundation for graduate study in apparel and related areas is provided.

All FDM majors take a core set of courses that provides them with:

  • An understanding of and appreciation for the impact of global production and distribution of apparel;
  • The ability to plan, develop, and merchandise apparel product lines and to evaluate apparel quality;
  • An understanding of the role of dress and fashion in their lives and the lives of others;
  • An understanding of the design, manufacture, marketing, retailing, and consumption of textile and apparel products;
  • The ability to demonstrate personal attitudes and skills appropriate to career positions in apparel.

The Curriculum

A strong FDM core includes required courses in the fashion industry, textiles, fashion forecasting, historic costume, the social psychology of dress, and apparel construction. The core prepares students for career positions in both creative and business management areas of local and global fashion industries. Upon completing the core requirements, students take classes in 3 of 4 tracks: Design, Merchandising, Cultural, and Textile and Apparel topics.

Entrance Requirements

New students may be admitted directly into the program when they apply to UH Manoa. Students transferring from other colleges within the UH System or from other universities must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to be considered for admission to FDM.


The merchandising minor gives students who are not FDM majors the opportunity to gain the required theory and applied skills to understand the merchandising/retailing function and skillfully employ techniques that encourage consumers to interface with products and services locally or internationally. Merchandising/retailing is the largest private employer segment of Hawai‘i’s business community. Minimum GPA of 2.0 needed to be considered.

Degree Requirements

A summary of degree requirements is available in Miller 201, (808) 956-8133 or Miller 110, (808) 956-8105.


From the core courses required of all FDM majors will develop:

1. The ability to evaluate textile and apparel product quality in terms of fiber and fabric performance, product standards and specifications, and consumer needs and preferences;
2. The ability to apply theories, concepts, and principles to predict the direction of fashion change, to plan seasonal apparel product lines for discrete consumer groups, and to generate creative solutions to design and/or apparel merchandising and marketing problems;
3. The ability to describe current issues in textile and apparel design, production, and distribution systems; to assess the impact of global textile and apparel production and distribution practices on workers, consumers, and the environment; and to relate theories regarding markets, trade, and economic development to issues in the production, consumption, and disposal of textile products;
4. An understanding of concepts, theories and principles regarding the impact of dress on human behavior and its role in sustaining culture and in reflecting and fostering social change, and the ability to analyze and identify aspects of dress in historic and socio-cultural context;
5. The ability to identify, locate, analyze, and synthesize relevant information and to effectively communicate ideas in written, oral, and visual forms using appropriate technologies;
6. The ability to demonstrate personal attitudes and skills appropriate to career positions in fashion-related business and industry, and in related education and service organizations.

For information on a Bachelor Degree Program Sheet, go to

Human Development and Family Studies

The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) (formerly Family Resources (FAMR) Program) provides students with a comprehensive education in family development and resource management, including course work and study in the areas of family relations, parenting, family economics and resource management, consumer economics, human development, and community leadership and resource development. The curriculum prepares students to work proactively in multicultural settings to enhance the quality of family life, providing students with an understanding of:

  • The changing needs and dynamics of families over time;
  • The management of personal, family, and community resources to meet these needs;
  • The growth and development of individuals over the human life cycle;
  • The interrelationship of individuals, families, and communities in the context of diverse socio-economic and cultural systems.

Students gain a social systems perspective of how families operate by studying the theoretical and applied literature that addresses the biological, social, cultural, psychological, and economic well-being of individuals and families and the environments in which they live. Students also study the changing functions of the family, the roles of its members, and the community programs and policies that affect the decisions and well-being of families and consumers. HDFS courses provide students with knowledge that they can apply to their personal development and family life. An internship in the student’s area of interest is an integral part of the curriculum.

Entrance Requirements

New students may be admitted directly into the program when they apply to UH Manoa. Students transferring from other colleges/schools within the UH System or from other universities must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to be considered for admission to HDFS.

Degree Requirements

A summary of degree requirements is available in Krauss Annex 7, (808) 956-6519 or Miller 110, (808) 956-8105.

Goals and Objectives

Students completing the HDFS degree are expected to achieve the following goals and objectives:

Goal 1: Acquire a knowledge base in human development.

Objective 1. Demonstrate criterion level knowledge of stages, processes, and ranges of typical human development

Goal 2: Acquire a knowledge base in family science and resource management.

Objective 1. Demonstrate criterion level knowledge of family diversity in the global community.
Objective 2. Demonstrate criterion level knowledge of family resource management processes.

Goal 3: Acquire a knowledge base of the community context in which family functioning and development take place.

Objective 1. Demonstrate criterion level knowledge of the effects of context (social, economic, political, historical, and cultural environment) on family functioning and development.

Goal 4: Acquire professional skills

Objective 1. Demonstrate criterion level skills in written communication.
Objective 2. Demonstrate criterion level skills in oral communication.
Objective 3. Demonstrate a basic level of computer literacy.
Objective 4. Demonstrate basic competence in "helping" skills.
Objective 5. Demonstrate basic research skills.

Goal 5: Apply knowledge and professional skills to address issues encountered in professional settings.

Objective 1. Demonstrate critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities.
Objective 2. Demonstrate commitment to professional values and ethical behavior.
Objective 3. Demonstrate a satisfactory level of preparation for the world of work and responsibility for continued professional growth.

For information on a Bachelor Degree Program Sheet, go to

Additional Opportunities

Provisional Certified Family Life Educator

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) has approved the human development and family studies undergraduate program as meeting the standards and criteria required for the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation. Fully certified Family Life Educators work in the areas of program development, implementation, evaluation, teaching, training, and research related to individual and family well-being. Among other activities, they conduct workshops in parenting, marital relationships, and resource management, in hospitals, HMOs, clinics, and schools. HDFS graduates who complete the specified courses in ten family life substance areas can apply to NCFR for Provisional Certification. Once a graduate has completed two years of work experience in preventive, educational activities related to family well-being, the graduate can apply for full CFLE certification. HDFS internships, which include documented FLE activities may be used as part of the required work experience.

Master of Education in Early Childhood Education

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and the College of Education Departments of Curriculum Studies and Special Education offer an interdisciplinary program leading to the degree of master of education in early childhood education.

MEd in early childhood education requirements are located in the College of Education Departments of Curriculum Studies and Special Education section of this Catalog.

FDM Courses

HDFS Courses