Syracuse University - David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

Introduction

Welcome to the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics! Falk College brings together Syracuse University’s professional programs in Human Development and Family Science, Food Studies, Marriage & Family Therapy, Public Health, Global Health, Nutrition Science & Dietetics, Social Work, and Sports Management 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 mission of Falk College is to provide instructional excellence and leadership in its fields of study through scholarship, practice, civic engagement, advocacy and entrepreneurial endeavors to promote the health and well-being of individuals of all ages, their families, and their communities within the framework of social justice principles.

The College’s leadership team works closely with Falk College Dean, Diane Lyden Murphy, and includes:

  • Eileen Lantier, Senior Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
  • James Byrne, Assistant Dean, Student Services
  • Deborah J. Monahan, Associate Dean, Research
  • Felicia Otero, Director of Admissions

The Admissions Office is located at 340 White Hall, can be reached at 315-443-5555 for more information about academic programs, services and all other activities related to the College.

Who We Are

Falk College at Syracuse University shares in a legacy that spans a century. The Colleges and Schools that came before us have woven the values of human connection, civic service, and social justice into the very heart of Falk College, including Home Economics, Human Development, Human Services and Health Professions, Human Ecology, Nursing, and the School of Social Work. These same values shape and guide the College today.

We are deeply proud to share in the everlasting impact that these collective alumni have made in the world, alongside fellow Syracuse University alumni through the years. Together, they have been relief in times of need, change in times of injustice, and discovery in times of uncertainty—the very same things our students dream and strive to be. Thanks to alumni who paved the way for them, the good work continues.

It’s no surprise that our academic programs, too, have been shaped by programs that came before them: that sport management takes from the business-savvy consumer studies, marketing management, retailing; that nutrition, nutrition science, and food studies benefit from such programs as the dietetics coordinated program, food systems management, restaurant & food service management, hospitality & food service management, and home economics; that human development and family science, formerly child and family studies, incorporates competencies from the distributive education and early childhood education N-6 programs; while public health takes clinical knowledge from programs in nursing, as well as health and wellness; and finally that social work and marriage and family therapy build on strong foundations of family & community services and social science programs. What might surprise you is Syracuse University programs in fashion design/merchandising, clothing studies, textile design/clothing, interior design, environmental design, and selected studies, some of which endure today in other schools and colleges, have also made an appearance in the evolution of Falk College.

In 2011, David B. Falk ’72 and Rhonda S. Falk ’74 made a generous gift to the College of Human Ecology, and thus, it was renamed the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. And it is because of this treasured heritage of academic diversity that Falk students today engage in interdisciplinary work in the classroom, in research, and in the community. Indeed, true to its roots, Falk College is well-known for its groundbreaking work in these settings, and for engaging different perspectives for the benefit of our future. And students, faculty, staff, and alumni of all points in our history can celebrate this success together.

As we look to the future, we are excited to see our collective impact continue. We hope you will share in each moment as we continue to write our legacy of educating the spirit of service that spans the generations.

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Programs

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MA

Human Development and Family Science, MA/MS

Campus Full time Part time 4 - 8  September 2018 USA Syracuse + 1 more

The master’s degree (M.A.) in human development and family science is designed to meet the goals of individuals who seek to work in applied settings (such as service agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)) in which a broad background in human development and family science, administrative skills, and an appreciation for increasingly diverse client communities are important. [+]

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The master’s degree (M.A.) in human development and family science is designed to meet the goals of individuals who seek to work in applied settings (such as service agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)) in which a broad background in human development and family science, administrative skills, and an appreciation for increasingly diverse client communities are important. The hallmark of our M.A. is that it offers broad training in the theory and methodology of lifespan human development and family science, training in skills critical for working in administrative or other roles in service delivery agencies, a specialized focus on topics offered through elective coursework, and the opportunity to work in an applied setting with special populations that represent growing sectors of our communities both in national and international settings.... [-]


Marriage and Family Therapy, MA

Campus Full time Part time 4 - 8 years September 2018 USA Syracuse + 1 more

The 60 credit SU Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program educates and trains clinicians, scholars and researchers in the profession of Marriage and Family Therapy. Syracuse University's MFT program carries out this mission through the “Self and Systems” training and supervision approach which incorporates the integration of self-understanding of students in clinical training, with a systems framework for clinical work with clients. [+]

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The 60 credit SU Marriage and Family Therapy (M.F.T.) program educates and trains clinicians, scholars and researchers in the profession of Marriage and Family Therapy. The M.F.T. program at Syracuse University carries out this mission through the “Self and Systems” training and supervision approach which incorporates the integration of self-understanding of students in clinical training, with a systems framework for clinical work with clients.

Students gain a solid knowledge of marriage and family therapy theory and techniques. Students get extensive hands-on training, both at the Couple and Family Therapy Center, an on-campus clinical training and research facility, and at local community sites.... [-]


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Food Studies, MS

Campus Full time Part time 4 - 8  September 2018 USA Syracuse + 1 more

The Master of Science in Food Studies is a 36-credit hour graduate program providing students with a foundation in the political economy of food systems, including food policy, human rights, food governance, and food justice. [+]

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The Master of Science in Food Studies is a 36-credit hour graduate program providing students with a foundation in the political economy of food systems, including food policy, human rights, food governance, and food justice. Students gain a deep understanding of multi-scale, global-local constructions of food governance and civil society claims, trade and food aid, and related public policy as they together influence human health and nutrition, economic development, and the environment. The program purposefully introduces students to Food Studies-oriented research methods and program evaluation, and emphasizes analyses that consider social justice, race, ethnicity, and gender and sexuality.... [-]


Nutrition Science, MA/MS

Campus Full time Part time 4 - 8  September 2018 USA Syracuse + 1 more

The increased number of higher education programs in nutrition and dietetics has also increased interest in doctoral programs that prepare practitioners for faculty positions. The master’s degree may thus serve as a preparatory step toward more advanced study. [+]

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The increased number of higher education programs in nutrition and dietetics has also increased interest in doctoral programs that prepare practitioners for faculty positions. The master’s degree may thus serve as a preparatory step toward more advanced study. Because of the varying backgrounds and professional interests of students, the master’s degree program is flexible. The M.S. degree requires the completion of a minimum of 30 credits and a thesis.

Program Description

The program emphasizes critical evaluation of scientific information and evidence-based practice and research. Due to the varying backgrounds and professional interests of students, the master’s degree program is flexible. The master’s degree may also serve as a preparatory step toward more advanced study at the doctoral level.... [-]


Sport Venue and Event Management, MS

Campus Full time Part time 3 - 5  September 2018 USA Syracuse + 1 more

Syracuse University’s Master of Science degree in Sport Venue and Event Management (S.V.E.M.) was designed uniquely to provide students with a specific knowledge and skill base in managing and operating sport and entertainment facilities and events. If you have a career interest in this area, here is why the S.V.E.M. program may be the perfect platform to launch your career in sports venues and events. [+]

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Hundreds of broad-based sport management master’s degree programs exist that provide students with an overview of content across a number of topic areas. The problem with such a model is that students in these graduate programs may not get the focused specialization in any one area they need to successfully launch their sport industry careers. Syracuse University’s Master of Science degree in Sport Venue and Event Management (S.V.E.M.) was designed uniquely to provide students with a specific knowledge and skill base in managing and operating sport and entertainment facilities and events. If you have a career interest in this area, here is why the S.V.E.M. program may be the perfect platform to launch your career in sports venues and events.... [-]


Master

Social Work, MSW

Campus Full time Part time 4 - 8 years September 2018 USA Syracuse + 1 more

The social work program is based on the concept of ecological systems, which holds that the fundamental focus of social work practice is on the transactions of people and their environments and the constant state of reciprocity in which each shapes the other. [+]

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The social work program is based on the concept of ecological systems, which holds that the fundamental focus of social work practice is on the transactions of people and their environments and the constant state of reciprocity in which each shapes the other. Social work intervention aims to promote the progressive forces and minimize the regressive forces in those transactions. Students in the School of Social Work are readied for the challenge of professional practice as they develop knowledge of people and their environments and strategies for changing each and helping each change the other, and through professionally directed practice experience in social work settings. More than 200 social welfare and health agencies from across 27 counties in upstate New York provide graduate field instruction opportunities. Graduate students in the 60-credit program complete 1000 hours of field placement experience concurrent with their academic work; students in the Advanced Standing Program complete 500 hours. In both cases, classroom and field learning are integrated. GREs are not required for admissions into this program.... [-]


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