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University of Wisconsin-Madison

Eddie G. Gouge
Executive Director
Board on Human Sciences
(202) 478-6028

Marianne Klein
Program Staff Associate
Board on Human Sciences
(202) 478-6093


Board on Human Sciences

Representing the “Human” dimension of the “Sciences”

The Board on Human Sciences (BoHS), is an association of administrators of higher education units responsible for research/discovery, extension/outreach, and teaching/learning programs in the human sciences at universities across the country. Their members are committed to a national agenda that unifies disciplines within and beyond the human sciences to enrich people’s lives. Please take a look at our brochure.

Human Sciences

Purposeful integration that addresses issues challenging individuals, families and communities is the role of human sciences.  Solutions to major issues facing individuals, families and communities typically cannot be found in only one discipline. The human sciences bring together multiple perspectives to address human needs.

Professionals in the field of human sciences integrate the best thinking from various disciplines to address and solve important challenges that we face individually, as families and communities, and as a society. We integrate disciplines to solve practical, reoccurring problems that individuals, families and communities face.

2020 BoHS Awards Nominations Due July 1, 2019

You are invited to nominate a deserving individual, faculty, or staff member for one of four Board on Human Sciences awards presented at APLU's 132nd Annual Meeting on November 11, 2019 in San Diego, CA. All award materials should be submitted to Eddie G. Gouge, BoHS Executive Director ( by July 1, 2019. For further information on past award winners, eligibility requirements, and the nomination procedure, click here

2020 BoHS/CAFCS Joint Meeting

The 2020 BoHS/CAFCS Joint Meeting will be held in Kansas City, MO, February 18 - 21, 2020. More information coming soon!

Human Sciences at Work

Texas Wine Marketing Research Institute at the College of Human Sciences, Texas Tech University

Texas Tech

Since its inception in 1988, the mission of the Texas Wine Marketing Research Institute has been to provide timely and relevant research and education about wine and to foster the economic development and growth of the wine and grape industry in Texas.

  • More than 20 years of research conducted to help educate the Texas Wine Industry on best marketing practices.
  • Numerous industry reports which illustrate consumer and industry trends allowing the industry to implement best practices.
  • Economic Impact reports which provide information on the growth of the Texas Wine industry compared to national averages.

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In addition to its pursuit of industry research, the Institute is dedicated to the education of the next generation of wine industry professionals and consumers. As an integral part of the Department of Hospitality and Retail Management at Texas Tech University, the Institute works closely with the department in order to provide up-to-date educational experiences. Additionally, the Institute routinely partners with the University’s Plant and Soil Sciences department which hosts the enology and viticulture programs.

Educational Programs:

Texas Tech University offers wine-related courses and specializations through two departments. The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences offers a specialization in Viticulture and Enology with a wide range of viticulture and enology courses. As of fall 2018, there are 157 undergraduate and 114 graduate students enrolled in the Viticulture & Enology academic specialization.

The Department of Hospitality and Retail Management offers two wine business courses: wine marketing and wine tourism, and a “wine track”, providing a specialization in the wine business. There are 387 undergraduate students in the hospitality program, 20 Master’s, and 13 Ph.D. Many of these students are interested in the business of wine. Students enrolled in the wine courses and the wine track are most interested in employment within the wine industry and distribution.

By partnering with the WSET®, the Institute is able to ensure that the education offered is on the cutting edge of industry knowledge, giving students an advantage when entering the job market.

The Hill Country University Center

The Fredericksburg area, located in the heart of the Hill Country AVA of Texas, has the highest concentration of vineyards and wineries in Texas with 81 vineyards and 61 wineries. It has been recognized as the second-most popular wine tourism destination in the U.S. The industry expansion continues at a rapid pace, driving the overall growth of the Texas wine industry, which ranks fifth in wine production and has more than quadrupled in number of wineries in the past 10 years.

Texas Tech opened a regional campus located in the Fredericksburg area in 2002. The Hill Country University Center in Fredericksburg provides a technology-driven classroom setting, allowing TTU at Fredericksburg to offer face-to-face, online and hybrid classes toward completion of a variety of bachelor's and graduate degrees. Their state-of-the-art facilities, wine labs and teaching vineyard, students can also have hands-on learning experiences to prepare for a career in the wine-making industry.

As part of the educational offering at TTU-Fredericksburg, the Texas Cooperative Extension offers Viticulture and Enology Certificate program awarding continuing education units (noncredit), with the Teaching Winery being the key component of the certificate program. Since its recent launch, 38 students have completed various viticulture and enology courses. The certificate students are also the target audience for WSET® qualifications offered in Fredericksburg.

Well Connected Communities Launches Web Site to Help Cultivate Wellness Across the U.S.

As a member of the Steering Committee of the Culture of Health Initiative:  Well Connected Communities (WCC), the BoHS is pleased to share their new website. Visitors to the site can learn more about the public health priorities being addressed by each community and how local health councils, comprised of both youth and adults, are working to develop and implement action plans. 

BoHS Social Media Internship

The BoHS Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the three social media internship positions for the 2018-19 academic year have been filled. Please consider nominating a student from your institution for the 2019-2020 academic year. For more information please click here.

International Federation of Home Economics 2020 World Congress

August 2 - 8, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. For updates check here.

BoHS Business Meetings

March 8, 2019 Business Meeting Minutes (draft)

November 12, 2018 Business Meeting Minutes

March 9, 2018 Business Meeting Minutes

November 13, 2017 Business Meeting Minutes


You may access the archives of the Board on Human Sciences by clicking here. In 1995, The Board on Home Economics within the National Association of State Universities and Land-grant Colleges (NASULGC) changed its name to the Board on Human Sciences.


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