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.
2019 Falk Student Research Celebration Takes Place March 26-29
Falk Family Endowed Professor in Public Health, Brooks Gump with 2018 poster session winner Ivan Castro, Graduate Student in Public Health Falk students are invited to submit posters for completed or in-progress empirical, exploratory, policy analytic or hypothesis-driven research projects…
Contemplative Collaborative hosts February 15 Panel Discussion
How Do We Know it Works? Reflections on Empirical Studies of Contemplative Practices Those who engage in contemplative practice know its positive effects, but documenting its value to others is not always easy. The Contemplative Collaborative will host a book…
New Falk Office of Career Services opens with events for Falk students Feb. 1 and 8
The new Falk College Office of Career Services will provide Falk students with personalized guidance and resources to help them achieve their post-graduation goals, start new careers, or pursue graduate study. Services include one-on-one resume and cover letter consultation, interview…
Falk Students equip Syracuse youth with mindfulness skills
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…
The role of play on child development across cultures
A recent feature on the Child and Family Blog written by Pearl S. Falk Endowed Professor of Human Development and Family Science, Jaipaul L. Roopnarine, identified the significance of play on child development across cultures. In some cultures, Roopnarine notes…