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Any student enrolled in a UW–Madison doctoral program can pursue a doctoral minor in Human Ecology. The graduate program within the School of Human Ecology (SoHE) provides rich interdisciplinary training and scholarship focused on exploring the human condition and well-being in relation to ecological settings—physical, social, community, and built surroundings. The school's philosophy is that individual development and well-being are promoted through interactions with ecological settings. Research, creativity, teaching, and outreach are directed toward a positive impact on these settings and the patterns of human behavior within them. Faculty members possess expertise in areas as diverse as longitudinal modeling, community-based research, interpretive interviewing, program evaluation, observational methods, survey methodology, action research, and ethnography. 

Graduate students interested in pursuing an Option A doctoral minor should complete the Minor Agreement Form and consult with the graduate program coordinator in Human Ecology who will help them identify a SoHE faculty member to serve as their faculty advisor.

The Human Ecology Doctoral Minor requires at least 9 credits taken through a combination of coursework in at least two different School of Human Ecology departments: Civil Society and Community Studies (CSCS); Consumer Science (CNSR SCI), Design Studies (DS), Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), and Interdisciplinary–Human Ecology (INTER-HE). No more than 3 credits can be taken below the 700 level. Human Ecology courses that are cross-listed with another department should be enrolled in through the respective Human Ecology department. Students must receive a grade of B or better in each course. 


Civil Society and Community Studies (Civil Society and Community Research)

Carolee Dodge Francis, Jennifer Gaddis, Leah Horowitz, Cynthia Jasper, Kasey Keeler, Brian McInnes, Carolina Sarmiento

Consumer science (consumer behavior & family economics)

Lydia Ashton, Judi Bartfeld, Megan Doherty Bea, J. Michael Collins, Melody Harvey, Cynthia Jasper, Cliff Robb, Nancy Wong, Yiwei Zhang

Design Studies

Jennifer Angus, Sarah Anne Carter, Wei Dong, Marianne Fairbanks, Mary Hark, Carolyn Kallenborn, Marina Moskowitz, Kevin Ponto, Jung-hye Shin, Uchita Vaid

Human Development and Family Studies

Janean Dilworth-Bart, Larissa Duncan, Sarah Halpern-Meekin, Sigan Hartley, Margaret Kerr, Heather Kirkorian, Robert Nix, Lauren Papp, Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, Charles Raison, Alvin Thomas