Prepare for careers that answer society’s needs
As a human development and family science 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.
Academic programs include:
- A bachelor of science in Human Development and Family Science.
- A bachelor of science in Inclusive Early Childhood Special Education (4+1) program.
- Minors in human development and family science, child and family policy, mindfulness and contemplative studies, and gerontology, among many others that offer unique and marketable complements to another major.
- Master of arts, master of science, and Ph.D. degrees in human development and family science.
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.
HDFS awards four doctoral degrees in 2018
The 2016 Falk College Convocation As summer approaches, the Class of 2018 looks forward to Syracuse University’s 164th Commencement on Sunday, May 13, at the Dome. Additionally, Falk College will recognize its graduates at the Falk College Convocation May 12, 2018…
Mindfulness interventions for children, May 4 presentation
Falk College and its Department of Human Development and Family Science, the Syracuse University Humanities Center, Hendricks Chapel, Contemplative Collaborative and the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies invite you to Mindfulness Interventions to Reduce Stress and Foster Resilience in…
Falk College Marks Child Nutrition Day with Food Demo, Tasting at Bernice M. Wright Lab School
Chef Mary Kiernan demonstrates the rainbow of foods to children at Bernice M. Wright Lab SchoolWhat do you get when you put a bell pepper and a carrot together with corn niblets, green beans, blueberries and eggplant? A rainbow. This…
Human development and family science alumna delivers inclusive education
Charlotte Klass ’17 Inspired by her mother, Charlotte Klass ’17 discovered her career ambitions in teaching at a very young age. “As a child, my mom placed a huge emphasis on including others, no matter their ability. She requested that we…
Congratulations Falk faculty!
Professors Ellen deLara and Mary Ann Middlemiss at Falk Convocation.Professor Sarah Short and Dean Diane Lyden Murphy at retirement celebration. Photos courtesy of Prof. Alejandro Garcia. Dean Murphy, along with Falk College faculty and staff, congratulate faculty who retired at…