Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline

Home Economics


The Division of Home Economics at Prairie View University, as such, has been in existence since 1918.1 Before that time the courses that are now considered as Home Economics were called Domestic Science, and then the two major areas of instruction were cooking and sewing. In these two areas of subject matter was included instruction on many phases of homemaking that now constitute some of the important courses of the present Home Economics curriculum. For instance, in the earlier days housekeeping instruction was provided for in the cooking classes, while today this is likewise true to some extent, but in addition the offerings of the present curriculum have expanded so as to include separate and thorough means of providing for this instruction, through the courses in Home Management and Household Administration. The growth of the Home Economics Division has been continuous, and the division has established and maintained a definite set of objectives throughout this steady growth.

This investigation was begun during the academic year of 1945-1946 at Prairie View University. The findings are based upon the opinions of persons who graduated from the Home Economics Division during the period of 1926 to 1946,and because those who had at one time or were currently homemakers, might contribute opinions based on experience, only married graduates were asked to participate. A few of the graduates were housewives at the time they were in school while others were married subsequently. A sampling of these persons was asked to state their opinions as to the functional values which they considered they had received from their college home economics training. They were asked if they believed that their training had helped them to solve real home problems that might be related to certain phases of the major technical courses which make up the home economics curriculum.

It is hoped that the study will serve as the first in a series of related studies that may be made with the hope of enriching and improving the curriculum.

1 Fortieth - Prairie View Normal and Industrial College Catalogue, 1918-1919.

Committee Chair/Advisor

E. C. May


Prairie View State College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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