CYAF provides students and faculty opportunities to engage on a global level. Study Abroad opportunities are available each year which allow students experiential learning activities aimed at developing global citizenry and cultural sensitivity. CYAF faculty have also integrated international material throughout undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year, CYAF will offer two courses specifically devoted to introducing students to professional issues on a global scale. The department also offers a master's degree specialization in International Family Studies. This specialization consists of coursework and experiences that prepare students for careers that are of global scope.
CYAF faculty research is responsive to current needs and emerging issues. While CYAF faculty have diverse research interests, the research of each faculty member enhances the well-being of children, youth, adults and families in the state, nation and world. Research priorities include: Early Childhood Education, Health, Mental Health, and Human Development, International Issues, Rural and other Vulnerable populations, Family strengths and resilience, and Teaching approaches and interventions. Faculty and students also have access to state-of-the-art laboratories and research facilities and centers. The department maintains two facilities designed for conducting state-of-the-art research: the Family Resource Center and the Ruth Staples Child Development Laboratory.
CYAF faculty provide outreach and extension activities that are enhancing the lives of children, youth, adults and families in the state, nation and world. CYAF outreach and extension programs include: 4-H and Positive Youth Development programs, Learning Child and Early Childhood Education programs, and Mental Health services.
CYAF is committed to enhancing the well-being of children, youth, adults and families in the state, nation and world by improving the environments in which they live and learn.