Ambika Krishnakumar, Associate Professor, Chair
144 White Hall
Eunjoo Jung, Undergraduate Program Director, 315-443-5778
The Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) is a dynamic interdisciplinary department that is informed by research and theory from the fields of anthropology, psychology, sociology, public policy, and education. We take a cross-cultural and life-span approach to the study of development across communities and contexts (e.g., families, schools, work, and hospitals). HDFS provides numerous opportunities for diverse career paths and advanced degree options. HDFS graduates are prepared to pursue careers as service providers, program administrators, human resource specialists in governmental and nongovernmental agencies serving children, youth, adults, and families. Additionally, graduates may work as advocates and researchers in educational institutions, health services, counselling and family intervention programs. HDFS is a popular major for students interested in careers in law, medical or health related fields.
Our 124 credit B.S. degree program provides students with a broad foundation covering a range of issues focusing on the healthy development of children, youth, adults, and families across cultural contexts. The department also offers minors in Gerontology, Human Development and Family Science , Child and Family Policy, and Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies.
The Bernice M. Wright Child Development Laboratory School provides opportunities for research, teacher training, and community service. Founded as a model of the parent cooperative movement in early childhood education, the school includes parent involvement at the center of its mission. The school is staffed by both graduate and undergraduate students and offers a strong inclusive component that embraces the developmental and cultural perspectives of its children and families. Limited enrollment is open to both the University and local communities.
ProgramsBachelor of ScienceMinor