Prepare for careers that answer society’s needs

As a Human Development and Family Science major at the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University, you will find a wide variety of classes offered like, Human Sexuality, Child and Family Development, Gerontology, Mindfulness and many more. We offer an extensive list of internships to provide you valuable hands-on experience in your chosen field.

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.

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 Human Development and Family Science have unlimited potential to change the world. The change you want to see in the world starts with you—and it starts today.

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Recent News

Students are posed as the number 2020 on the dome court

Class of 2020 Falk Convocation and Syracuse University Commencement Ceremony update

Due to complex construction projects underway on campus, specifically the Stadium Project, various Commencement Weekend 2020 ceremonies will occur at alternative locations and at different times than in recent years. Specifically: Commencement 2020 will take place Sunday, May 10, 2020…
Pudasainee at AACN Faculty Development Conference

Falk alumna advances career in research, higher education

Sangita Pudasainee-Kapri at AACN Faculty Development Conference Sangita Pudasainee-Kapri ’12, M.S., ’14 C.A.S., ’17 Ph.D. came to Syracuse from Nepal, where she worked as a registered nurse. “Working at central and local-level hospitals and health centers in Nepal, my interests leaned…
Portion of the cover of the 2019 HDFS newsletter

New HDFS newsletter now available online

From the latest news and events in the Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) program to highlights of student and faculty, read the latest edition of Human Development and Family Science News covering the HDFS programs in Syracuse University’s Falk…
Dean Diane Murphy

Dean Murphy welcomes Falk students to campus

Diane Lyden Murphy, M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D. Dear Falk Students, Welcome back to campus, returning Falk students! Let’s give a very special welcome to the Class of 2023, as well as new transfer and graduate students. We are thrilled to have…
Entrance to Falk College

Falk College welcomes new faculty and staff

Syracuse University’s Falk College is pleased to announce the appointment of new staff members who have joined Falk College in the past academic year, including Karen Goebel, office coordinator in the School of Social Work; Meredith Groman, administrative assistant and…

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Upcoming Events

Child Life Specialist Career Interest Meeting

October 18, 2019 12:00 pm1:00 pm

White Hall, Room 366

Learn about child life specialist certification requirements, the profession and employment opportunities. An overview of our academic program that is endorsed by the Association of Child Life Profess…

Human Development and Family Science Colloquium Series: Martin Sliwinski

October 18, 2019 1:30 pm3:00 pm

White Hall, Room 100

Dr. Martin Sliwinski will give a research based colloquia titled : “Cognition on the Go: The Opportunities and Challenges for Mobile Cognitive Health Research” This talk will discuss how the use of mo…

Falk College Graduate Information Session 2019

November 15, 2019 4:00 pm6:00 pm

White Hall, Room 335, 150 Crouse Dr., Syracuse, New York 13210

Faculty, staff, and current students will welcome potential graduate students interested in helping professions in counseling, therapy, public policy, and advocacy; health professions such as public health, epidemiology, nutrition, and wellness; as well as careers in sport and sporting events management.