Department of Human Sciences

The Department of Human Sciences and programs are scheduled to be phased out August 31, 2022

The Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: (312) 899-0040, extension 5500

Students who have a four-year degree and a verification statement from a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) can apply to the Texas A&M University-Kingsville DI/MS program. Applicants with a master’s degree can be accepted into the internship.

Interns accepted into the program must demonstrate commitment to completing a master’s degree. Preference will be given to applicants who express the goal of obtaining a Master of Science in Human Sciences at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and a desire to work in South Texas after graduating. The Dietetic Internship Program provides 18 graduate credit hours that may be applied toward completion of the Master of Science in Human Sciences at the discretion of the graduate committee. For additional information regarding the Dietetic Internship/Master of Science in Human Sciences Program please contact the Dietetic Internship Director, Department of Human Sciences:

Texas A&M University-Kingsville
700 University Blvd., MSC 168
Kingsville, TX 78363
Phone: (361) 593-2211

Texas A&M University-Kingsville Dietetic Internship (DI) Program participates in the D&D Digital Online Dietetics Internship Matching Service for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Students seeking admission to the A&M-Kingsville DI program are required to submit materials for matching to D&D by the specified deadline. D&D can be accessed at the following website: Acceptance into the Dietetic Internship Program is based on a department review and ranking of candidates' qualifications.

Graduate Faculty


Van Buren, Janis Professor of Human Sciences, Department of Human Sciences; B.S., Iowa State University; M.S., Iowa State University; Ph.D., Iowa State University.

Human Sciences (HSCI)

HSCI 5305  Graduate Research Project  3 SCH  (3)  

Designed for project option students and requires completion of research project. Prerequisite: departmental approval. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours.

HSCI 5306  Thesis  3 SCH  (3)  

Designed for thesis option students. The course requires completion of thesis research. Prerequisite: departmental approval. May be repeated for maximum of 6 semester hours.

HSCI 5310  Problems in Human Sciences  1-3 SCH  (1-3)  

Guided independent study in one of the program areas in human sciences. Prerequisite: consent of department chair.

HSCI 5320  Theories of Human Devel  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Examination of theories and research related to human development from birth through the life span, within a family context. Emphasis on physical, social, emotional, cognitive and psychological growth with attention given to the development of personal and interpersonal competency.

HSCI 5321  Family Life Education  3 SCH  (3-0)  

General philosophy and broad principles of family life and parenthood education, emphasizing planning, developing, implementing and evaluating such programs.

HSCI 5350  Issues in Food and Nutr Sci  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Current trends and issues in human nutrition, focusing on interrelationships of nutrients in metabolism and their impact on health.

HSCI 5351  Nutrition and Aging  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Study of the aging process and physiological changes with implications for food intake and utilization of nutrients.

HSCI 5352  Nutritional Care Mgmt I  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Advanced medical nutrition therapy. Includes principles and practical application of medical nutrition therapy and delivery of services to clientele with common and complex medical conditions. Topics include principles of diseases; development of care plans; enteral/parenteral nutrition, issues and formularies; principles of counseling; and menu writing. Prerequisite: enrollment in Dietetic Internship Program.

HSCI 5353  Nutritional Care Mgmt II  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Systems management of clinical and community nutrition services. Topics include leadership versus management; managed care; critical care pathways; outcomes research; grant writing; marketing and media; administrative proposals; business plans; and nutrition education of clientele with low-literacy skills. Prerequisite: enrollment in Dietetic Internship Program or permission of instructor.

HSCI 5390  T: Adv Topics Human Sciences  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Detailed study of one or more specific sub-disciplines of human sciences. Course may be repeated for credit when topic changes.

HSCI 5650  Prac in Nutr Care Mgt I and II  3-6 SCH  (3-6)  

Practical experience in applying nutritional care management principles in clinical, community and foodservice settings. Part-time Dietetic Internship students take 3 hours per semester; full-time students take 6 hours per semester. Students must complete a total of 12 graduate hours in HSCI 5650.

The Department of Human Sciences and programs are scheduled to be phased out August 31, 2022

Human Sciences, M.S.

The Master of Science in Human Sciences Degree provides advanced study in selected conceptual areas and is designed to enhance knowledge and skills of human sciences professionals employed in teaching, AgriLife Extension, nutrition/dietetics, human services and administration. Full admission to the program requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college with adequate course work in the field of interest, an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, and a score of at least 290 (verbal plus quantitative) on the GRE Aptitude Test. A student must be accepted by a graduate faculty member who agrees to guide the student’s program and serve as the student’s major advisor. A student whose bachelor’s degree is not in a human sciences specialization may be required to complete a qualifying examination, and the student also may be required to complete undergraduate courses (or stem work). The student’s advisory committee will make recommendations and approve supporting course work in other areas when appropriate. With approval, students may transfer up to 6 hours of graduate work from another accredited university.

Students have the option of completing a Thesis Option program, Research Project Option program, or a courses only program. The thesis program requires satisfactory completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate work, including 6 credit hours of thesis. The research project program require satisfactory completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate work, including a 3 credit hour graduate research project course that results in preparation of a research paper shorter than a thesis. The courses only program requires satisfactory completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate work. All students, whether completing Thesis option, Research Project option or courses only option, must satisfactorily complete 3 semester hours of graduate level statistics and 3 semester hours of graduate level research methods. With approval of the graduate advisor, students may select graduate hours from a supportive area to augment their degree program, depending upon their academic and career goals. Supporting subject matter fields may include (but are not limited to) psychology, sociology, business administration, adult education, counseling and guidance, educational administration and instructional technology.