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:
- 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.
Class of 2020 Falk Convocation and Syracuse University Commencement Ceremony update
Falk alumna advances career in research, higher education
New HDFS newsletter now available online
Dean Murphy welcomes Falk students to campus
Falk College welcomes new faculty and staff
October 18, 2019 12:00 pm – 1:00 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…
October 18, 2019 1:30 pm – 3:00 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…
November 15, 2019 4:00 pm – 6:00 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.