2014-2015 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Sep 23, 2021  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

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Diane Lyden Murphy, Dean

About the College

Welcome to the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. The Falk College brings together Syracuse University’s professional programs in Child and Family Studies, Food Studies, Marriage and Family Therapy, Nutrition Science and Dietetics, Public Health, Sport Management and Social Work in an environment of cross-disciplinary teaching, research, practice and service. Through classroom learning and hands-on experience, our students learn by example-and by doing-to become professionals who will provide services that enhance the emotional and physical well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

The Falk College leadership team includes:

  • Irene Kehres, Associate Dean, Student Services
  • Eileen Lantier, Senior Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
  • Deborah J. Monahan, Associate Dean, Research

The Dean’s Office of the Falk College can be reached at 315-443-5555 for more information about academic programs, services and all other activities related to the College.

Dean Diane Lyden Murphy, M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D.

Dean’s Message

Welcome to the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

The Fall 2014 semester marks the start of my tenth year as the dean of the Falk College where our academic programs address the entire gamut of human behavior-from the physical through the psychological to the social and cultural dimensions of individual, family and community life.

The faculty and staff in our College are excited about the work they do at Syracuse University where they are engaged in our local community and committed to their respective fields of research and scholarship that span the globe. Together, we continue to work strategically and purposefully on every level for one reason-our students.

Our academic programs and degree offerings provide our students with the best possible educational experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. Many experiential learning opportunities are often linked to faculty affiliations of professional significance. Their deep connections span local school districts and human service programs, regional medical centers, for-profit and not-for-profit entities, national and international government organizations and beyond. Our College Research Center supports interdisciplinary research, scholarship and entrepreneurship.

As Dean, I couldn’t be more excited about the work we are doing in the Falk College and the opportunity to offer students the educational experiences of their lives. That our students have selected our College is an honor and a privilege we take very seriously. We are committed to developing our students as leaders and good global citizens who don’t simply solve problems but whose life mission is to find a better way to answer the needs of our society.

It is my honor to introduce you to the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. I hope you will be as impressed as I continue to be with our faculty, staff and students and all they do to make our College one of the most inspiring and innovative members of the SU community.

Diane Lyden Murphy, M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D.

Undergraduate Program Overview

Diane Lyden Murphy, Dean

The David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics is Syracuse University’s most service-oriented college; cross-professional collaboration is the cornerstone of teaching, research, and practice. Like professionals in the field, students and faculty in the college work and learn together across disciplinary lines to find new, more effective approaches to important social issues. Through the bachelor’s degree programs in child and family studies, food studies, public health, nutrition science and dietetics, social work, and sport management, students prepare to become professionals who will enhance the emotional and physical wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities.

Faculty members are current and former practitioners who provide a real-world perspective on the professional field. The small college atmosphere allows for personalized attention from the faculty and staff who guide students through the educational experience. In consultation with faculty mentors and staff advisors, students choose a major program of study and select coursework that provides necessary professional preparation enhanced by a solid liberal arts education.

The integration of theory and practice lies at the heart of the college’s mission. Through the college’s extensive internship program, students gain valuable hands-on experience that complements their classroom learning and better prepares them for their careers.

General Regulations

For academic rules and regulations that apply to all University students, see the Academic Rules (SAMPLE) section of this catalog. This section also contains special regulations that apply to all students matriculated in the College.

Combined, Dual, and Double Programs

Approval for combined, dual, and double programs of study must be obtained from each academic unit involved.

PED General Electives

Up to 4 credits in physical education (PED) courses numbered 100-299 may be included among the general elective credits counted toward a degree in the college for singly enrolled students.


Laboratory fees are required in certain courses, where specialized equipment and materials are provided.

Intra-University Transfer

Qualifying GPA varies, depending on the major. Departments may have additional criteria. Applicants are required to discuss tentative transfer plans with the academic chair or director of the proposed program of study. Students who meet department criteria will be admitted on a space-available basis. Transfer requests may be held until the end of the semester.

Special Services and Programs

Gerontology Certificate

Any University student may earn a certificate in gerontology from the University Aging Studies Institute while completing undergraduate studies. Students must take 15 credits of gerontology-related coursework and complete a special project. Social work students seeking the certificate normally complete the senior field practicum and the special project in a gerontology setting.

Part-Time Study

Students unable to enroll for full-time study may complete the bachelor’s degree on a part-time basis through University College (UC). Part-time students register through UC and are advised both by UC advisors and by faculty in the College.

Experience Credit

Social work students may earn elective academic credit for volunteer or paid work experience in social service agencies that occurs while they are enrolled in the undergraduate program. Learning contracts must be set up before the student engages in the experience and usually involve an agreement between the student, a supervising agency staff member, and an appropriate faculty member. Academic credit is not awarded for life or work experience achieved before matriculation in the program.

Study Abroad

The College, in cooperation with the Syracuse University Abroad (SU Abroad), strongly encourages students to take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad. Study abroad options include semester, summer, and short-stay programs.

SU Abroad offers students the opportunity to participate in a program of study abroad in Santiago, Chile; London, England; Madrid, Spain; Strasbourg, France; Florence, Italy; Hong Kong, China; or Beijing, China. Syracuse University also builds strong overseas affiliations and partnerships, allowing students to be placed directly at other centers and universities.

No prior knowledge of a foreign language is required, with the exception of the Chile program, and students may choose from a variety of courses to fulfill requirements or elective credits for their program of study in the College. It is essential that students begin planning early for study abroad and work closely with their academic advisors.

For further information, contact the Office of Student Services in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, 340 Sims Hall, 315-443-3144, or Syracuse University Abroad, 106 Walnut Place, 315-443-3471.


Students in the College are strongly encouraged to complete a minor, and should seek assistance from their academic advisors in choosing a minor that will enhance their academic programs and add breadth and depth to their college experience. With careful and early planning, most minors can fit into the undergraduate curriculum without a need of extra coursework. Descriptions and requirements for minors in the College can be found in the list of Academic Offerings below.

A complete list of minors offered at Syracuse University can be found under the “Programs Offered” heading at the top of this web page. Individual schools and colleges list specific requirements for each minor in this publication. Students may obtain specific information by contacting the department offering the minor.

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