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About the Family Science Degree Program

On Campus Blended

In the University of Nebraska at Kearney's family science degree program, students learn how individuals develop and change, and how family, community and society affect human development.

Completing the coursework, Family Science majors acquire the skills to create safe, positive, and productive 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 graduate prepared to work in areas that build individual and family strengths.

An important part of the Family Science curriculum is the internship experience. Students are required to work under supervision within an agency or program serving children and/or families for 120 hours. Many of these internships become first-time career placements.

More information about career opportunities and becoming a Certified Family Life Educator can be found on the FAQ page.

2018-19 CBT Placement Stats. Data based on 82% response rate of program graduates

National Council on Family Relations

National Council on Family Relations

The curriculum for Family Science 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 Science 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. 

Family Science Program at a Glance

120

Credit Hours

General Studies requirement has been reduced to 30 credit hrs allowing more freedom and making it easier to transfer to UNK.

Degree Received

Family Science, Bachelor of Science

Minor Offered

Family Science minor available on-campus

$

Great Value

UNK is the most affordable Nebraska university and most students receive significant financial aid

What can you do with a Family Science Degree

Learn more about the types of jobs and common employers that Family Science graduates work for.

Careers

  • Workforce Education Coordinator
  • Behavioral Health Technician
  • Communications Officer
  • Police/Court Clerk
  • Nursing Administrator
  • Transitional Youth Advocate

Employers

  • Families Care
  • Compass
  • Boys Town
  • Children's Hospital and Medical Center
  • State of Nebraska