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College of Human Environmental Sciences


class of 2015

Connecting people and place / interior design and architecture

Our Mission is to advance scholarship in making connections between people and place and between interior design and architecture. Our work prepares graduates to become lifelong problem-solving designers of the built environment.

Our Vision is to be the program people choose for exceptional teaching, research, and service adding exemplary value to the quality of the built environment for the diverse people it serves in a multicultural society.

Faculty and students conduct systematic inquiry into 1) the design process, 2) sustainable products and practices, 3) the interaction between people and the built environment, and 4) the tremendous role of digital technologies. The program highlights the interdisciplinary nature of interior design, architecture, the human sciences and aesthetics to improve quality of life for the public good.

Our Values embrace the core values of MU (Respect, Responsibility, Discovery and Excellence). Department values are further described below:

We value the quest for artistic beauty, use, and techniques based on precision, truthfulness, and sincerity. We believe good design bonds the pleasure of beauty, stimulation of the mind, and reasoned adaptation to existing conditions. Good design addresses life’s complexities and contradictions in order to create physical places that surpass their visual compositions, creating magical mediating structures that evoke meaning in the act of occupying and inhabiting matter, gravity and light.

The College of Human Environmental Sciences (HES) addresses human needs and enhances individual and family life in a diverse and global society by conducting advanced research, preparing professionals and providing outreach.

  1. Our primary commitment is to learn from the instructors, from each other, from materials and from our work. We acknowledge differences amongst us in skills, interests, values, scholarly orientations and experiences.
  2. We acknowledge that racism and sexism and other forms of discrimination exist and are likely to surface from time to time.
  3. We acknowledge that one of the meanings of racism is that we have been systematically taught misinformation about our own group and especially members of devalued/minority groups (this is true for both dominant and dominated group members). The same is true about sexism -- we are taught misinformation about ourselves and others and other forms of differences and discrimination.
  4. We cannot be blamed for the misinformation we have learned, but we will be held responsible for repeating misinformation after we have learned otherwise.
  5. Victims are not to be blamed for their oppression.
  6. We will assume that people are always doing the best they can, both to learn the material and to behave in non-racist, non-sexist and multicultural productive ways.
  7. We will actively pursue opportunities to learn about our own groups and those of others, yet not enter or invade others' privacy when unwanted.
  8. We will share information about our groups with other members of the class, and we will not demean, devalue, or "put down" people for their experiences.
  9. We each have an obligation to actively combat the myths and stereotypes about our own groups and other groups so that we can break down walls, which prohibit group cooperation and group gain.
  10. We want to create a safe atmosphere for open discussion. Thus, at times, members of the class may wish to make a comment that they do not want repeated outside the classroom. If so, the person will preface his or her remarks with a request and the class will agree not to repeat the remarks.

Adapted from guidelines initially developed by Lynn Weber Cannon, Professor of Sociology, Memphis State University. March 11, 2013.

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