The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Home Economics Building has been renamed the Human Sciences Building. The updated name more accurately reflects the complex and multidisciplinary work that occurs within the building.
The Human Sciences Building houses offices, laboratories and classrooms for the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences and Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design, as well as the dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences.
“While home economics will always be deeply rooted in the history of CEHS, we have to take steps to meet the needs of a contemporary society,” said Sherri Jones, dean of education and human sciences. “We’ve renamed the building to align with our broader range of work addressing the diverse issues challenging individuals, families and communities.”
The original Home Economics Building was constructed in 1906 and provided dormitory space, classrooms and laboratory space for the Department of Home Economics. That building was demolished in 1973 to make way for the current building.
The Department of Home Economics became the College of Home Economics in 1970 and was renamed the College of Human Resources and Family Sciences in 1993. In 2003, the college combined with Teachers College to form the College of Education and Human Sciences.