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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Congratulations Falk faculty!

Professors Ellen deLara and Mary Ann Middlemiss at Falk Convocation.Professor Sarah Short and Dean Diane Lyden Murphy at retirement celebration. Photos courtesy of Prof. Alejandro Garcia. Dean Murphy, along with Falk College faculty and staff, congratulate faculty who retired at…

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Congratulations Class of 2017!

Dean Diane Lyden Murphy, along with the faculty and staff of Falk College, congratulates the Class of 2017! We are excited to see where your careers take you. Remember that you are “forever orange” and will always be a part…

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Falk College honors faculty for excellence in service, research, teaching

Bruce Carter, Katherine McDonald, Gina Pauline named 2017 Falk College Faculty of the Year Faculty members from the Departments of Human Development & Family Science, Public Health, Food Studies & Nutrition, and Sport Management were honored for excellence in service,…

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Human Development and Family Science students inducted into Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society 2017

The students inducted into the honor society include: (L to R) Erin Brill, Kylie Honigfeld, Emma Simches, Denisse Ortiz and Noelle Rowe. Not included in the picture also inducted: Alison Ebert, Emilie Ricco, Elizabeth and Juliannah Vining.The Department of Human…

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Falk student leads summer camp for children of parents with cancer

Discouraged, frightened, alone. These feelings are an everyday reality for children whose parents have cancer. Sometimes what they need most is a friend who understands. Camp Kesem aims to be that friend. Founded in 2000, the national organization includes 86…

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