Mission and Vision

Thank you for your interest in the Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality (DFMH) Department in the College of Education and Human Services at Western Illinois University. The Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality Department offers four undergraduate degree programs: B.S. in Apparel and Textile Merchandising, B.S. in Dietetics, B.S. in Hospitality Management, and B.S. in Nutrition and Foodservice Management. The department also offers minors in the following areas: Apparel and Textile Merchandising, Hospitality Management, Nutrition, and an interdisciplinary minor in Event Planning and Management. The DFMH department offers and promotes curricula, courses, and training in each degree program with careful consideration of the needs of its students. Graduates are prepared for a wide range of career settings including nutrition and healthcare in both public and private agencies, foodservice and lodging industries, school food service, fashion buying and promotion, fashion merchandise management, and retail/wholesale corporates.  Graduates are also prepared for graduate school and advanced technical training.

The Departments of Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising, and Hospitality offer the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Event Planning and Management program. This interdisciplinary, skill-based program is designed to provide students with an understanding of event industry best practices as well as theoretical, legal, and economic considerations related to design, fiscal planning, food sanitation and security, and risk management. It provides opportunities for individuals interested in obtaining entry-level and mid-level positions in event planning and management, as well as seasoned practitioners wanting to advance their knowledge of theoretical and applied best practices in commercial, public, and nonprofit environments.

The mission of Western Illinois University is to provide a community of individuals dedicated to learning that will have a profound and positive impact on our changing world through the unique interaction of instruction, research, and public service as we educate and prepare a diverse student population to thrive in and contribute to our global society.  The College of Education and Human Services provides a challenging and supportive learning environment for individuals that are widely recognized as meeting the humanistic and technological demands of a global society.

The DFMH department's vision is that its graduates be innovative, competent and critical thinking professionals who provide leadership and service within the workplace and in a diverse ever-changing environment. The mission of the department is to prepare students with the technical, human and conceptual skills for careers in consumer services.