Despite division faculty's efforts to publicize home economics to male students,
only women graduated with home economics degrees.
Home economics subject matter included child development, clothing and textiles,
family and consumer finance, communication, nutrition/dietetics, and vocational
Home economics was an interdisciplinary field and coursework often involved
science, psychology, sociology, economics, and business classes.
Kappa Omicron Phi was the Home
Economics honors society. The Northeast chapter was Beta Nu.
Dr. Llora MaGee (pictured) was associated with the Home Economics Division for
33 years (1923-1956) and served as head of the division for 28 years
The college established the Home
Management House in 1928. Home Economics students lived in the Home
Management House during the semester and were able to practice what they learned
about running a household.
An Alumna named Sina Faye Fowler donated a tea cup to the division in the early
1940s. This started a tradition and the division's alumnae tea cup
collection grew to include over 1,050 pieces. The cup collection is housed
in Truman State University's
Special Collections Department.
division established and administrated the
Child Development Center. The CDC provided a day care service for the
community and allowed child development students to gain practical experience in
The division formed the National Home
Economics Test Development Consortium (NHETDC) in 1983. The purpose of
the NHETDC was to develop senior exit tests to be administered at academic
institutions throughout the nation.
University administration made accommodations for Family Sciences students who
still wished to complete their coursework and earn their degrees during the