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College of Human Ecology


Using science to improve the quality of life


The mission of the College of Human Ecology is to research personal and family lives scientifically and simultaneously to educate capable experts who can cope with the living environments of the future. By letting students research and learn theories and skills Related to the environment. The goal is to attain better quality of life for the individual , the family, and the society. In order to achieve this, students research human growth and development in relation to fashion, food and interior environment.

Inside Academics

By Eunkyoung Lee, Graduate Student Editor
Photo Courtesy of the College of Human Ecology
Photo by Internet Hanayang


Human beings have constantly created something. People wove cloth, invented democracy, built cities, and so on. We humans have created all these things, but we are also influenced by the world around us. In other words, the relationship between people and environment is interactive. Human ecology is an interdisciplinary study which explores the relationship between humans and their natural, social, and built environments.

The College of Human Ecology at Hanyang University aims to shape the world for the better by developing experts in the field of clothing, food and housing. The college has over 44 years of academic excellence, blending the traditions of practical education with a sense of creativity. In the College of Human Ecology, there are three majors; Clothing and Textiles, Food and Nutrition, and Interior Design.




The Major of Clothing and Textiles offers a variety of courses, where students are able to advance their knowledge of fashion in response to the changing global society. The curriculum is mainly composed of interdisciplinary subjects. At the freshmen level, students are encouraged to study the arts and the humanities through subjects like Costume Designs, Fashion Drawing, Costume Psychology and History. After solidifying theoretical basics, students move on to the practical skills. This includes Costume Materials, Composition of Textiles, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Business, and Fashion CAD Practicum. In addition, the major holds exhibitions twice a year for students to show their works to the public.



The Major of Food and Nutrition teaches students theories and skills in the fields of food and nutrition. While food is about processing, manufacturing, storing, cooking, sanitation, and more, nutrition is about nutrients such as protein and vitamins which affect the human body and health. For the food area of study, students learn about food ingredients, the fundamentals of cooking, food analytics, microbiology in food, sanitation and the laws relating to it, processing and storing food, and food chemistry. In the field of nutrition, there are also various subjects, such as clinical nutrition, procedures in cafeteria, and research and education on nutrition. Recently, the major showed outstanding achievement by ranking the nation’s top in the JoongAng Ilbo’s College Evaluation.



The Major of Interior Design aims to help students understand the changes of living environments and be able to create space which is efficient and unique with advanced technological and emotional design. In this major, students participate in various activities where students could experiment and develop creative interior designs. Sophomores and juniors hold academic festivals, and seniors hold graduation exhibition. The major is also equipped with highly advanced facilities for students, such as drawing rooms, computer graphic rooms, multipurpose labs, design supporting rooms, and a room for graduate work. It is noteworthy that the major has produced outstanding results in various events and contests. 40 students have won the various prizes every year from 2003.


Human ecology is recognized as one of the academic branches which constantly keep up with the cultural and technological changes. Hanyang University’s College of Human Ecology has been devoted to education which integrates rigorous academic ground with the current trend and industrial improvements. Indeed, it emphasizes the importance of reaching a balance between theoretical and practical learning.


Now let us take a closer look at the College of and Human Ecology through interviews with the Dean and the Manager of the Administration Team.




A Conversation with the Dean of the College, Myung-ja Park


By Jihyun Nam, English Reporter
Photo by Bomin Park, Student Photographer


Q. Can you briefly introduce the College of Human Ecology?

A. The College of Human Ecology teaches ways to develop the overall quality of human life. Specifically, our college deals with a core part of living: food, clothes and shelters. In 1967, our college started with the Department of Clothing & Textile, the Department of food & nutrition and the Department of Human Ecology Education, which now is in the College of Education. Starting from 1996, the title of our college changed to the College of Human Ecology, adding the replacing the human ecology education with the Department of Interior Design. The college consists of 16 full-time professors, 600 undergraduate students (including about 100 foreign students) and 130 master and doctorate degree students.


Q. What are noticeable achievements of the College?

A. Our college has two noteworthy achievements. Firstly, we are well-known for our excellence in the educational environment. Since 2010, the College has been receiving the Excellence Award in the Management Performance Assessment every year. In addition, all three majors of the College were highly ranked among the all the majors in Seoul Campus in 2012. The College also renovated the interior design of the college building to provide students with a better environment for studying.

Secondly, we have been putting a lot of effort to make a distinctive brand image for the College of Human Ecology of Hanyang University (HYU). For instance, we hold an annual academic conference called H-ECO Festival. Through holding this event every year, we promote the creative and unique educational curriculum for each major in the college. The Department of Clothes & Textile and the Department of Interior Design are also holding graduation fashion shows each year. Furthermore, the Department of Food & Nutrition holds annual academic seminars. These various events held by each Department ultimately build up the brand image of our College. These remarkable achievements were only possible with the collaboration of prominent professors and our promising students. Our professors have a clear vision about cultivating global-minded leaders, and our passionate students always aim higher and make outstanding progresses each year.


Q. What kinds of abilities are required to study Human Ecology?

A. Students should always be aware of social trends and apply them in designing their daily lives. After entering our College, students will learn basic design subjects such as color design and space design. Even though students do not have to study design subjects in advanced level, they should certainly be familiar with the curriculum they will learn. Last but not least, students should be well-motivated with passion for designing human life.


Q. Is there any differentiated feature in the College compared to others in HYU?

A. Since our College has more than 100 foreign students out of 600 students, we changed the theme of our curriculum as ‘K-living’. We have noticed that many of these foreign students came to Korea to study what kind of clothes Koreans wear, which places Koreans live and what ingredients Koreans use for food. Therefore, our College decided to deliver lectures on K-living in English. Foreign students can get the concept easily in the class because professors deliver their lecture in English and they will be satisfied with lectures about Korean culture simultaneously.


Q. What kinds of careers can students of the College pursue?

A. Each major of our College provides diverse road maps for students’ future career. For students of the Department of Clothes & Textile, they can pursue their career in fashion design, pattern compositions, fashion marketing/retailing, and fibers. Especially, students of the Department of Food & Nutrition can consider a profession in law to legislate laws related to food hygiene or Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP). Students majoring in interior design also have a variety of careers they can choose from such as interior design, furniture and design and marketing. I also recommend students to make both short-term plan and long-term plan after they enter the college. These plans will guide them to desired and bright future at last.


Q. Last words for students of the College.

A. I hope students keep trying to broaden their perspectives and experiences as much as possible. As HYU’s motto is the practice of love, our students should always try to care for the neglected and promote the community spirit. Our college will also endeavor to make students socially responsible. This can also allow students to develop their own ‘values’. Ultimately, we hope to be able to upgrade the dignity of HYU and students.




A Conversation with the Administration Team Manager, EunJu Kim


By JaeHyun Lee, Student reporter
Photo by Dongjin Lee, Student Photographer/ Editor


Q. Can you explain the main work of the College of Human Ecology’s Administration team?

A. There are three departments within the college, and one Administration Team. Academic affairs and the administration work have been combined together this March. The structure of the Administration Team has changed a lot; however, the main work is quite similar; each faculty is helping each other. In process of combining the two, much of the works that used to be done by university headquarters have come to our team. Currently, we are doing our best to settle things down and bring more efficiency into work; however, it seems to take a little while.


Q. What are some special events or activities that the Administration Team is conducting within the college?

A. In our college, students, professors and Administration Team members participate in several volunteering work. This is to carry the founding spirit of Hanyang University, love indeed; and the performance record within the university would probably exceed 100 points. For example, all three parts of the college, students, professors and faculty members, are actively participating in delivering briquettes to needy families, which is one of the works of Volunteer Corps. In addition, we are running Health Support Center, which is affiliated with the Seongdong District Office. During the winter, we make kimchi and provide them to the senior citizens who live alone. Lastly, we are also donating handmade woolen hats to the Africa for young babies.


Q. What are some differences between your jobs before and after you moved to the College of Human Ecology’s Administration Team, and now, what is your main work?

A. Before I came here, I was at the head of Hanyang Service Center. There, I dealt with and smoothed out the inconveniences and various situations on campus. For example, one of the most successful one I did is installing automatic certificate dispensers. In the past, students had to go to an education affairs office to get those certificates, but now, students can simply insert coins and get their papers printed without worrying about school’s office hour. Then, I came here to help with the students specifically in the College of Human Ecology. Although there is not so much of a difference in terms of the whole aspect of ‘helping students’, the biggest change is the characteristics of those needs. In the college, students and professors as well as faculty members are associated in most of the situations I deal with, and the environment of the college is concentrated on the experiments. Unlike what most of people outside the college think, the College of Human Ecology is more or less artistic and experimental, rather than having a characteristic of the liberal arts. Since various types of experiments are vitalized, creating better environment for such conditions is where our team has to concentrate on the most.


Q. What are some special events within the College of Human Ecology?

A. The best source of our proud events is the autumn festival held in August. In the Department of Clothing and Textiles, they hold an annual graduate fashion show. This is one of the most popular events in and out of the university; even YoungSoo Yook, the first lady of the President JeongHee Park has visited the show in the past. This fashion show can also help students find good jobs, since many of employers from human resources department of various firms attend to scout talented students. Same thing goes for other two departments within the college as well. Countless prizes and awards students obtained from different contests are just too many to list.


Q. Are there some efforts to globalize the College or help foreign students within the College?

A. In order to globalize the College, attracting foreign students is as important as sending Korean students to other countries. In our case, almost 15% of overall students are foreign students. Some of the students who continue their education to the graduate school are actively conducting academic and cultural exchanges even after they graduate. In addition, for those foreign students who might confront difficulties in adjusting new environment, we are holding freshmen seminars or meetings with professors.