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Human Development and Family Science B.S.

Explore cultural, economic and social factors that shape children and families and their relationships.
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About this Program

The program brings together research, theory and fieldwork with children and families to prepare you for a future in:

  • Youth and family development: Focus on youth and family needs, including social services, health, juvenile justice programs, counseling centers and recreation and athletic programs.
  • Early childhood education and educational services: Provide the foundation children need to develop and learn through teaching, counseling, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy and more.
  • Aging and older adulthood: Serve the needs of adults as their social and medical needs change with age.
  • Health care services and government: Improve policies and deliver services important to the health of women, children, families and older adults.
  • Child life specialist: Help children and their families manage a child’s health diagnosis and treatment plan.

Program Information

Degree Type






College or School

Career Path

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David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

Falk College academic degree programs focus on holistic health and wellbeing, human performance, and sport business enterprise. The college’s signature emphasis on experiential learning supports student success through intentional internship requirements, faculty-mentored research projects, immersion travel, and global study abroad. At every stage of their education, Falk College students engage in meaningful work to advance their disciplines and careers.
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Core coursework covers family development, interpersonal competence, human sexuality and development of children in the family. Sample courses include:

  • Intro to Gerontology
  • Power, Conflict, and Violence in Families
  • Work and Family in the 21st Century
  • Lust, Love, and Relationships
  • Development Across the Lifecycle
  • Human Development and Sport

Extracurricular Opportunities

Practical experience

Practical Experience

The human development and family science program provides you in-class and field experiences so you can practice working with individuals and families across the lifespan from various cultures and social settings.

  • Create and co-facilitate learning experiences for toddlers and preschool aged children at the Bernice M. Wright Child Development Laboratory School, an inclusive early childhood education program on campus.
  • Gain experience working with and advocating for different populations in diverse cultural contexts.
  • Complete internships in educational and community settings that focus on youth and family development and nonprofit management in local schools, community organizations and hospitals.
  • Join faculty members as they research areas such as marriage, crises in families and parenting.
Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with a study abroad experience during your college years. Consistently ranked among the top 25 in the U.S., Syracuse Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries. Our students most often study abroad in South Africa, Italy, Chile and China.

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