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Family Studies

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In the University of Nebraska at Kearney's family studies program, students will learn how individuals develop and change, and how family, community and society affect human development. Completing the coursework, students will acquire the skills to create atmospheres for children, adults and families to thrive and relate to each other in healthy ways. Students will also develop a respect for diversity in people and environments, and be prepared to work in areas that build individual and family strengths.

job placements

based on 89% response rate of CBT graduates

90% placed


79% full-time


21% graduate school

graduate school


  • Alcohol treatment centers
  • Childcare facilities
  • Crisis centers
  • Family counseling programs
  • Home health care services
  • Local and state service agencies
  • Retirement facilities
  • Social service agencies
Kristen Karlberg

As an undergrad, Kristen’s devotion to children and service was evident as she was a member of the Council on Family Relations and Operation Christmas Child, and served as a volunteer at the Kearney Area Animal Shelter and for the Service Learning Project in the Kearney area. Kristen says the instructors are a strength of UNK as they expect nothing less than your best and push each student to reach their fullest potential. This definitely made a difference in her life and pushed her to strive for her best in all that she does.

Kristen Karlberg

Family Studies

National Council on Family Relations

National Council on Family Relations

The curriculum for Family Studies is approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).  NCFR is the oldest and largest national organization concerned with family issues in the United States.  Upon completion of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Studies graduates are qualified for provisional certification as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE).  Full certification is available to those with the minimum of a Baccalaureate degree and two years experience in family life education if the degree is family-related; five years of experience if the degree is non-family-related.