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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