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:

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 announces Graduate Merit Scholarships for Syracuse University students

Falk College is pleased to announce the Falk College Merit Award Scholarship for current Syracuse University students interested in applying for a Falk College master’s degree. Incentives include no application fee, GRE waiver where applicable, and a 25% tuition discount…

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Syracuse researchers study mindfulness in elementary schools

 Falk College Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Science, Rachel Razza, and Joshua Felver, Assistant Professor of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, are working collaboratively on new mindfulness interventions research. Through a partnership with Meachem…

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Explore Falk Graduate Programs at November 2 Info Session

Syracuse University’s Falk College will host a Graduate Information Session on Friday, November 2 in Falk Complex, White Hall, Room 335 across from the Falk College Admissions Suite. Faculty, staff, and current students will welcome potential graduate students interested in…

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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 hosted “Mindfulness Interventions to Reduce Stress and Foster Resilience in Children Across…

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Professors Jung, Weissman honored for excellence in graduate teaching

In recognition of dedication to graduate students and commitment to excellence in graduate teaching and mentoring, Falk College faculty members Eunjoo Jung, associate professor of human development and family science, and Evan Weissman, assistant professor, food studies, received 2018 Excellence…

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Upcoming Events

Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm 335 White Hall in the Falk Complex
Research Colloquium Big Data and Social Policy: Current and Future Developments Wednesday, October 24, 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. White Hall, Room 335 Dr. Philip Gillingham is prolific researcher of social work practice based at…
Nov 2 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Falk College, Room 335
Learn more about our graduate programs, scholarships, housing options and meet faculty and students! Syracuse University faculty, staff and current students will welcome potential graduate students interested in Falk College graduate studies in the fields…
Nov 9 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am Schine Student Center
Orange Preview Days at SU provide prospective students and their families with a comprehensive look at Syracuse University and majors of interest. Register on the main admissions website. The visit begins at the Schine Student…
Nov 12 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 220 Eggers Hall
Join us for Aging Families in China: Social, Demographic, and Policy Considerations on November 12 at 9:00am-5:00pm and November 13 at 9:00am-1:00pm in the Dr. Paul & Natalie Strasser Legacy Room (220 Eggers Hall). The…
Nov 15 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Falk Complex Room 200
Details to be announced.
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