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 Human Sexuality or Children and Families in Health Care Settings one day, and in the Bernice M. Wright Child Development Laboratory School or in the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center working directly with children and youth 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:

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

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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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Welcome Class of 2023!

Falk College welcomes the Class of 2023 including 307 first-year and 20 transfer students who join 140 graduate students who are new as well. Welcome back to all Falk students who, this year, represent 40 states and 30 countries! The…
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Falk Students Named Syracuse University, Falk College Scholars

Noelle Kendra-Leah Rowe ’19, graduating with a degree in human development and family science in May, is one of 12 Syracuse University Scholars who will represent the Class of 2019 at the May 12 Commencement ceremony. Syracuse University scholars are…
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Congratulations 2019 Falk Student Research Celebration Winners

Falk College congratulates the following winners of the 2019 Falk Student Research Celebration: Undergraduate Winners Name: Bridget Clark Kelly Brown, BS; Heather Brubacker, MS, Dietetic Intern; Laura Brown, MS, RD; Baylee Carroll, BS, Dietetic Intern; Elizabeth Gardner; April Hill; Sarah…
Falk students Mabin, Hollie, and Reid

Falk students, founders of Calm Connections host information session April 5

From left to right: Mabin, Hollie, and Reid. Photo credit Jelilat Williams. Courtesy of Calm Connections. Three doctoral students are on a mission to bring simple mindfulness techniques to children and teens in the Syracuse area to help them manage…

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Upcoming Events

Washington, D.C. Immersion Trip – Info Session

September 4, 2019 4:00 pm5:00 pm

335 MacNaughton Hall, MacNaughton Hall, Room 335, 150 Crouse Dr., Syracuse, New York 13244

Come to an information session to learn more about attending tours of 8-10 Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland employers, and three evening events aimed at introducing students to Syracuse University resources and alumni in the National Capital Region.