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Fontbonne Offers a New Graduate Degree in HES

Fontbonne University is now offering a graduate degree in human environmental sciences (HES). The newly revamped program provides students with a professional knowledge base to enhance skills in advocacy and leadership, enabling them to effectively work with families locally and globally.

"We prepare professionals who understand the complexities of family life by challenging students to address human needs intellectually, compassionately, and with respect for the dignity of the human spirit," said Janine Duncan, assistant professor, FCS, and director of graduate programs in HES. "As professionals in a variety of settings, our graduates will be participants in the transformation of individuals and families toward becoming advocates for themselves."

Career paths include business - to address consumer needs - not-for-profit agencies specializing in family care, housing organizations, health and wellness, literacy programs and more.

Within the program, students may choose a concentration in child and family studies. The concentration centers on the idea of "capacity building," which teaches how to educate people to advocate for themselves. Future concentrations will include health and fashion merchandising.

For more information on the master's in human environmental sciences program, go to