The School of Human Sciences opened as Department of Home Economics coinciding the opening of Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College in 1923. The department stood for: the ideal home life unhampered by the traditions of the past, the utilization of all resources of modern science to improve the home life, the freedom of the home from the dominance of things and their due subordination to ideals, and the simplicity in material surroundings which will most free the spirit for the more important and permanent interests of the home and of society. The department was formed with the idea in mind to train young women for positions as vocational and non-vocational high school teachers and train young women in a more efficient and intelligent ways of managing the home.
The department started with only 2 faculty members and a total of 24 courses. By the 1995-1996 the name of the department changed to the Department of Human Sciences and by 1998 the department was offering 80 undergraduate courses and 35 graduate courses. By 2008 the department had gained the status of school and was now the School of Human Sciences. Today the school has over 20 faculty members and offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses.
The School of Human Sciences is part of the James I. Perkins College of Education.