Department of Human Relation



Founded alongside with Chiang Mai University in 1964, the Department of Human Relations, formerly known as the Department of Home and Community, is strongly committed to training students to promote the wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities as a whole, adopting the principles and practices of Home Economics. 
The Department has continued to expand and modernize its range of functional and innovative courses and trainings in three specializations: Community Resources Management & Development, Applied Arts, and Foods and Nutrition. High-demand topics have included Food Studies & Nutritional Science, Textiles, Fashion & Design, Business Management, Economics & Consumer Studies and Community Developments, just to name a few.


The Department of Human Relations currently offers two programs:

    • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Home and Community
    • Master of Arts (MA) in Community Resource Management


         This holistic, interdisciplinary four-year program is designed to provide students with skills and competence in analyzing, utilizing and managing resources in everyday life for the well-being and betterment of their family, community, and society as a whole.
            By means of extensive lectures, coursework and trainings, students approach their major studies through one of the following frameworks of their choice:

    • Community Resources Management & Development
    • Applied Arts
    • Foods and Nutrition

    To ensure that students develop their learning and skills to the fullest, Community Engagement and Cooperative Education Programs are introduced in their Junior year and last semester respectively.


    Key Benefits

    • Students enjoy an array of vocationally and professionally oriented courses in three frameworks: Community Resources Management & Development; Applied Arts; and Foods and Nutrition;
    • In addition to vocational prowess, students are equipped with business sense and entrepreneurial skills through a variety of modules related to their selected field;
    • Renowned academic staff, who are also occupation experts in their field, provide excellence in teaching and skills development;
    • Community engagement, compulsory work placements & internship in the area of their choice renders invaluable first-hand experience, highly practical skills and career prospects to students.


     Over the course of four years, students are required to complete at least 137 credits. In each of the six semesters of Year One – Year Three, they will take about six or seven individual courses, normally valued at 3.0 or 2.0 credits each, adding up to 18.0 – 21.0 credits for the semester. In their Senior year, students take five courses including Seminar in Home and Community, totaling 15 credits, in the first semester and dedicate the second semester to a Cooperative Education Program of their interest.
     In the first year, students are exposed to diverse foundation courses including communicative English & Thai languages, basic design, marketing, and a fundamental Home and Community course. In addition to one elective module, students are free to choose two courses from an array of highly practical subjects, some of which are: Basic Good Governance in AdministrationDisaster Preparedness for Health and Life; Critical & Creative Thinking; and Life and Alternative Energy.   
     In the second year, in addition to more advanced language skills and core Home & Community courses such as Community Welfare, Food Preparation, Marriage and Family Relations, students begin to concentrate on their choice of study by pursuing courses in each of the three frameworks: Community Resources Management & Development; Applied Arts; and Foods and Nutrition. To enhance versatility, students are also required to complete Public Administration and Statistics courses at this level. 
     In the third year, with major and elective modules of their choice, students move on to more focused compulsory courses in the three frameworks with an emphasis on community studies and hands-on learning such as Principles of Human Relations; Community Participation Process in Development Projects; and Leadership Development and Community Services. This enhances students’ public awareness and gives them first-hand experience in community work. 
     In the fourth year, all students attend a Seminar in Home and Community course, which involves individual research & investigation, presentation and discussion of topics of their interest. They also choose more advanced courses in their chosen path in the first semester and devote the second semester to the Cooperative Education Program, a work placement scheme that enable students to become full-fledged experts in their field.


    Graduates of the Department of Human Relations go on to achieve success in a wide range of professional setting, such as in development agencies, voluntary & non-governmental organizations, education, hospitality & culinary sectors and diverse businesses. Equipped with business management learning & skills, many graduates take an entrepreneurial approach by starting their own business in their specialization. 
    Career destinations include:

    • Officers & specialists at the Department of Community Development, the Green World Foundation, the Gub-Fai Performing Arts Group, and many more
    • Award-winning lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Roi-Ed Rajabhat University
    • Food & Nutrition specialist, Le Meridien Hotel Chiang Mai
    • CEO, Chor Muang wedding Planner & Outside Catering Co.

The Faculty of Humanities is one of three faculties established when Chiang Mai University was founded in 1964. The other two faculties are the Faculty of Sciences and the Faculty of Social Sciences. The three faculties offer three groups of foundation courses: natural sciences, social science and humanities as educators at that time believed it would result in a perfect graduate who is equipped with basic knowledge related to things of nature, human society and the mind as well as other qualities of mankind. In the first year of the establishment in 1964, the Faculty of Humanities had 20 full-time academic staff and 2 part-time instructors, 3 administrative staff and 77 students while offering 282 courses.

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