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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/CAFCS Joint Meeting

The 2020 BoHS/CAFCS Joint Meeting will be held in Kansas City, MO at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Kansas City Plaza, February 18 - 21, 2020. Hotel reservation link. More information coming soon!

Human Sciences at Work

Small Talk:  Big Future. Closing the Word Gap with Early Intervention at Iowa State University

All babies are born with their own unique, innate potential. Whether or not that potential is unlocked is determined in large part during the first three years of life, when 80% of brain development occurs. Nothing compares to direct parent-child interaction in enhancing babies’ development. Parents who talk, read, and sing with their babies put them on the path to life-long success.

Iowa State University put together a team including a Human Sciences Extension and Outreach university researcher, a public library, and a community non-profit agency which worked together to test the effectiveness of a universal, community-based intervention to increase parents’ child-directed speech, back-and-forth interactions with their child, and knowledge of child development. Next, the team applied for and received funding for the project from a large foundation, and additional funds from smaller community grants.

Through Small Talk, parents of babies ages birth-30 months attend weekly parent education classes. The classes follow the LENA Start™ curriculum, created by the LENA Research Foundation, which is evidence-based, and incorporates technology and best-practices in adult learning. It employs direct instruction, written materials, videos, and small group discussion to teach parents the importance of talking, reading, and singing with their babies, and strategies, namely 14 “Talking Tips”, for improving the quality and quantity of those interactions. For more details, click here

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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 they will be looking for three social media internship positions for the 2019-20 academic year. Please consider nominating a student from your institution. 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.


Meetings & Events Events


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Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Avenue, NW, Washingotn, DC 20008
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008

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