The original Lloyd-Ricks building was designed by architect C. H. Lindsley and built in 1929 by contractor I. C. Garber at a cost of $210,000. An addition was built in 1939, at a cost of $162,000. The building has been home to research on a multitude of topics, including agriculture, economics, sociology, chemistry, animal husbandry, entomology, bacteriology, plant pathology, horticulture, forestry, and veterinary medicine. In 2008, the building was renovated. This is the first major renovation since the east wing was added in 1939. The building now bears the names of the three men who served as director of the Experiment Station and Extension Service: Edward R. Lloyd, Jr., James R. Ricks and Vance H. Watson. In 2008, the Mississippi legislature approved the renaming of the structure to honor Watson's service to the state. During his 42-year tenure at MSU, the Missouri native also served as interim president, vice president for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine, and dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He retired from MSU in 2008. The 67,000 square foot Lloyd-Ricks-Watson building is home to the School of Human Sciences and the Department of Agricultural Economics.
Fashion Design and Merchandising classes and labs meet in Moore Hall. The building also houses the Historic Costume and Textiles Collection.
The Child Development and Family Studies Center is housed in a 9,000 sq. ft. building that serves children ages six weeks to five years. The center is located on College View Drive near Humphrey Coliseum. Developmentally appropriate classrooms and equipment, multipurpose room, and two outdoor playgrounds are part of the Center.