Graduate education at Cornell is based on a concept of fields of study—independent of colleges and departments. This groups faculty by common academic interest, ensuring that faculty and students across the university can share ideas and work together freely and without undue administrative barriers.

In addition, Human Ecology faculty are members of other graduate fields, and graduate faculty of other colleges are members of graduate fields associated with the College of Human Ecology. This breadth of opportunity enhances the scholarship of all.

The graduate fields, subjects, and concentrations in the College of Human Ecology are:

Design and Environmental Analysis

Human Development

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Cognitive Development
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Ecology of Human Development
  • Family Studies and the Life Course
  • Social and Personality Development


  • Molecular Nutrition
  • Human Nutrition
  • Community Nutrition
  • International Nutrition

Policy Analysis and Management

Fiber Science & Apparel Design

Faculty and graduate students in Human Ecology engage in research and scholarship in many additional fields within the university. A few examples include:

  • biochemistry, molecular, and cell biology
  • cognitive studies
  • economics
  • environmental toxicology
  • epidemiology
  • Latino studies
  • psychology
  • public affairs
  • sociology

A complete list is available at the Graduate School web site.