Human Development & Family Science

Prepare for careers that answer society’s needs

As a child and family studies major at Syracuse, you might find yourself in classes such as Contemporary American Families and Communities, or Children and Families in Health Care Settings one day, and in the Bernice M. Wright Child Development Laboratory School working directly with children the next.

The scientific study of individuals and families offered through Falk College’s Department of Human Development and Family Science focuses on life-span development across cross-cultural contexts, social, physical, emotional and behavioral development, and family dynamics and research training. Our interdisciplinary programs draw from psychology, sociology and education.

Opportunities for service learning and internships are varied and extensive working with faculty and specialized internship professionals who will help you customize your courses, field work, and internships. And speaking of faculty, students have opportunities to work side-by-side on research projects that might include topics such as immigrants and cross-cultural issues, mindfulness and self-regulation in children, or aging, among many others.

Falk’s child and family studies academic programs include:

Our programs prepare students to work directly with children and families in a variety of settings. At the graduate level, our students pursue careers in higher education, health and human services administration, and research institutes. Falk College’s interdisciplinary programs in child and family studies have unlimited potential to change the world. The change you want to see in the world starts with you—and it starts today.

Recent News

Falk hosts Sport and Social Responsibility Symposium March 3 Falk hosts Sport and Social Responsibility Symposium March 3To illustrate social responsibility as an important community tool that can address critical social issues and human needs locally and globally, Falk College’s Sport for Human Development Institute will host its Inaugural Sport Development Symposium Friday, March 3, 1:00 p.m. ... Read more

Human Development and Family Science prepares students with experiential learning Human Development and Family Science prepares students with experiential learningFalk College students in CFS 325: Children and Families in Health Care Settings study theories and practices of recreational, developmental, and educational programs for children and families in the pediatric care setting under the instruction of certified child life specialist ... Read more

Carter appointed to Onondaga County/Syracuse Commission on Human Rights Carter appointed to Onondaga County/Syracuse Commission on Human RightsOnondaga County Executive Joanne M. Mahoney has appointed Professor Bruce Carter as a Commissioner on the Onondaga County/Syracuse Commission on Human Rights. The term runs through December 2018. The Commission promotes understanding and acceptance of diversity, facilitates intergroup communication, identifies ... Read more

Falk student leads summer camp for children of parents with cancer Falk student leads summer camp for children of parents with cancerDiscouraged, frightened, alone. These feelings are an everyday reality for children of parents with cancer. Sometimes what they need most is a friend who understands. Camp Kesem aims to be that friend. Founded in 2000, the national organization includes 86 ... Read more

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Upcoming Events

Mar 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am Falk College, Room 100
Department of Human Development  &  Family Science Presents: 2nd Annual Evidence to Practice Webinar Series Advancing Psychosocial Care: Pediatric Populations Mental Health Problems in Youth with Developmental Disabilities: Foundations of Assessment & Intervention Presenter: Jonathan…
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am Falk College, Room 100
Department of Human Development  &  Family Science Presents: 2nd Annual Evidence to Practice Webinar Series Advancing Psychosocial Care: Pediatric Populations Children’s Sleep, Problems, Importance and Solutions: Introducing Better Nights, Better Days Presenters: Penny Corkum,PhD: Professor,…
Mar 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am Falk College, Room 100
Department of Human Development  &  Family Science Presents: 2nd Annual Evidence to Practice Webinar Series Advancing Psychosocial Care: Pediatric Populations Understanding the Interplay Between Culture & Care: Building Capacity to Care for Aboriginal Children &…
Mar 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am Falk College, Room 100
Department of Human Development  &  Family Science Presents: 2nd Annual Evidence to Practice Webinar Series Advancing Psychosocial Care: Pediatric Populations Young Children & Trauma Service Systems Collaboration: Consultation in Pediatrics Presenters: Betsy McAlister Groves, LICSW:…