While there are department level changes that have impacted the Human Development website, the Human Development major remains a part of the College of Human Ecology (CHE). You need to apply to the College of Human Ecology via the Common Application, identify Human Development as your major of interest, and complete the CHE question on the Cornell Supplement.
For Policy Analysis and Management and Health Care Policy applicants:
The Brooks School of Public Policy is associated with the College of Human Ecology (CHE). You need to apply to the College of Human Ecology (CHE) via the Common Application, identify Policy Analysis and Management or Health Care Policy as your major of interest, and complete the CHE question on the Cornell Supplement.
The College of Human Ecology is pioneering the study of human life from scientific, social and design perspectives. Using a blend of academic disciplines and a global perspective, our students and faculty use their knowledge to identify, explore and develop solutions to the challenges facing people today. Students learn not only to serve people, but to understand and analyze the complex relationships and institutions that shape their lives.
Choosing Human Ecology
Human Ecology's academic programs are flexible, profoundly interdisciplinary and framed in a liberal arts based foundation. All programs provide students with a firm grounding in contemporary issues, as well as in the social, natural and physical sciences and design. Our students delve into biology and chemistry, economics, psychology and sociology, and apply their expertise in fields such as business, design, health/medicine, law, nutrition, public health, public policy and research.
Our community is comprised of outwardly-focused and inwardly-motivated students who are actively and intellectually engaged in communities. They appreciate multiple perspectives and global experiences and are unafraid to take a novel approach to creating a better world through social and systemic change.
Breadth of study
Here, professors and students collaborate to understand a broad range of issues such as the financial impacts of tax legislation and social security reform, the design of safer and more sustainable work spaces, the social and physical repercussions of obesity in children and adults, educational policy, how our healthcare system can accommodate our aging population and more.
The best of large and small institution experiences
Located in beautiful Upstate New York, our mid-sized college is home to approximately 1,250 undergraduates, 200 graduate students and over 100 full-time faculty. Students enjoy the resources of an Ivy League research university and the advantages of a smaller school.
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