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B.Sc. (Honours) Home Science

B.Sc. (Honours) Home Science

Home Science is an interdisciplinary field of study that provides scientific and systematic knowledge about various aspects of family and community living. As a discipline, Home Science integrates components from the sciences, social sciences and technology and applies this knowledge to enhance the quality of human life. It prepares the students to take up professional roles in multiple career fields.

Home Science has contributed a great deal towards national development by training students to take up leadership roles in community development programs of various ministries of the government of India as well as international and national level development organisations. Adopting a rights-based approach which is so important for a developing nation like India, the filed of Home Science has contributed immensely in shaping lives of children, women and communities at large. The students are encouraged to develop a scientific temper, they are familiarized with the use of innovative technologies, and for linking community towards judicious and sustainable use of resources for societal development.

The B.Sc. (Honours) Home Science course is a 3-year Choice Based Credit System course. In addition to studying all the five areas of Home Science namely: Food and Nutrition; Development Communication and Extension; Resource Management & Design Application; Human Development & Childhood Studies; and Fabric and Apparel Science, Home Science being a multidisciplinary subject also imparts knowledge of Social Sciences, Biological and Physical Sciences. The CBCS system allows students the flexibility of selecting the subjects of their choice.  The programme includes core courses (CC) and elective courses. The CCs are all compulsory courses. There are three kinds of elective courses: Discipline-Specific Elective (DSE), Skill Enhancement Course (SEC) and Generic Elective (GE) which are offered by the college (subjects offered by college may subject to change*). The students are given exposure to all the five areas of Home Science in the first three semesters for basic understanding. From the first semester itself, they are also offered GE (some are fixed and some need to chosen) courses. In the third and fourth semesters, the students can opt for the SEC courses as per their choice. In fifth semester, they can choose DSE (Discipline Specific Elective) subjects based on an area of specialization. The choice of subjects is based on merit and interest of students out of the five areas of Home Science. As part of the course, the students undergo theoretical as well as practical training. Field visits, trainings, community and extension work, internships and placements are an integral part of the programme.

In contemporary times and in the past, Home Scientists have promoted capacity building of individuals and communities for social and economic development especially towards women empowerment. They train youth and women from various strata of society for fostering entrepreneurship. Many home scientists have done very well in different fields at national and global level. They gain and seek employment in research organizations, food and textile industries, dietetic practice, education and child development domains, accreditation of green buildings, strategic planning and communication technologies. Since study of Home Science opens up opportunities for entrepreneurship, our students are now being transformed from job seekers to job creators.

At the completion of the course, the students can either seek jobs directly or can opt for a Master’s degree in the five streams of Home Science, Social Work, Mass Communication, Development Studies, Journalism, Human Resource Management, PG diploma in Dietetics, Fashion Designing, Interior Designing, Counselling, Special Education, Early Childhood Development, Gender Studies, Disability Studies and Entrepreneurship Development etc. Those desirous of teaching profession can opt for studying B.Ed. as well as B.Ed. Special Education.

Programme Learning Outcomes:

The learning outcomes of the course are as follows:
  • Understand and appreciate the role of interdisciplinary sciences in the development and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.
  • Understand the sciences and technologies that enhance the quality of life of people
  • Acquire professional and entrepreneurial skills for economic empowerment of self in particular and community in general.>/li>
  • Develop professional skills in food & nutrition, textiles, housing, product-making, communication technologies and human development.
  • Take science from the laboratory to the people and enhance quality of life.
For more details of the honours course, the candidates may refer to syllabus and course structure available on the website of University of Delhi at: