Child, Youth and Family Studies

Child, Youth and Family Studies

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The child, youth and family studies major will prepare you to work with children, families and communities in a variety of settings. Through hands-on learning and the study of family systems and interrelationships, you will hone the knowledge, skills and abilities to navigate conflict, prevent and remedy interpersonal problems and build upon family strengths.

The Nebraska Difference



CEHS awards more than $200,000 annually in scholarships to incoming students.


1-to-1 Advising

Your assigned advisor will support you with academic planning throughout your time at Nebraska.


Career Coaching

Career coaches can help you plan for a meaningful career built upon your degree program.

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Program Features

Hands-On Learning  

Apply what you’ve learned in the classroom and gain practical experience through an internship or student teaching experience. Students have completed internships with organizations such as Community Action Partnership/Headstart and have taught in classrooms across Nebraska and abroad!  

Professional Mentoring  

Receive professional mentoring from content area experts who will help you transform your passion into expertise. 

Research Opportunities  

Conduct purposeful research alongside expert faculty. Students have conducted research at on-campus facilities, such as the Family Resource Center and Child Development Laboratory. 

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Notable Courses

Human Development and the Family (CYAF 160)

Each stage of life studied from the perspective of how individual development is fostered within the family system. 

Applied Methods of Social Emotional Development and Guidance (CYAF 210L)

Overview of the components of social competence and development. Practice skills related to sound child development theory under the guidance of early childhood professionals.

Family Science (CYAF 280)

Introduction to research and theory on family relationships and to careers working with children and families.

Working with Families (CYAF 380)

Overview of effective communication strategies and parent education programs. Application of an ecological model to understand variation in parental roles, perspectives, approaches and challenges.

Working with Parents (CYAF 382)

Introduction to principles of parenting within multiple contexts including developmental, structural, and cultural perspectives.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • Student teacher, Lincoln Public Schools
  • Intern, Ruth Staples Child Development Laboratory 
  • Youth coordinator, Lincoln YMCA
  • Counselor, Camp Kesem


  • Family and consumer science teacher, Omaha Public Schools
  • Youth specialist, Cedars
  • Camp program facilitator, Lincoln Children’s Museum
  • Program coordinator, Nebraska 4-H

Graduate Schools

  • M.S. Family and Consumer Sciences Education, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • M.S. Child, Youth and Family Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • M.S. Child Development/Early Childhood Education, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Child, Youth and Family Studies major or navigating the application process, contact us.

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Contact Name
Dijon DeLaPorte
Contact Title
Director of Recruitment