Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) Program
Human Development and Family Science provides a comprehensive program grounded in family science theory, research, and professional practice and application for individuals to work with children and families. This career path provides students with knowledge and intervention skills that will assist them in helping to prevent and remedy interpersonal problems experienced by individuals in their family relationships, building on the family’s strengths. In addition, HDFS will prepare students for graduate school (e.g. family science, family therapy, social work, counseling psychology, and law), or for employment in human services agencies or programs. -
Web page at cehs.unl.edu/cyaf/programs/family-science -
Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies (CYAF) - College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS) - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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[00:00:04.137]So we're excited
[00:00:04.943]that you're interested
[00:00:06.172]to learn more about our programs.
[00:00:08.091]And in this short video,
[00:00:09.815]you're going to hear
[00:00:10.560]from other professors
[00:00:11.811]about the unique strengths
[00:00:13.613]and great things
[00:00:14.431]that you can do and accomplish
[00:00:16.966]with this degree.
[00:00:18.385]I would describe our students
[00:00:20.487]compassionate, intuitive and caregivers.
[00:00:23.623]HDFS Students are able to learn
[00:00:25.792]about working with diverse
[00:00:26.910]populations through practice.
[00:00:28.878]That goes beyond theory
[00:00:30.330]within this flexible major
[00:00:31.831]that has a wide variety of electives
[00:00:34.067]so students can really tailor it
[00:00:35.668]to their exact
[00:00:36.469]interests and career paths.
[00:00:38.638]I believe that HDFS
[00:00:40.140]is an excellent program
[00:00:41.357]within the university.
[00:00:42.926]The professors and staff care
[00:00:44.244]immensely about their students
[00:00:45.895]and go out of their way
[00:00:46.796]to provide the resources
[00:00:48.048]and learning needed to succeed.
[00:00:49.766]There are many opportunities
[00:00:50.784]within the HDFS majors,
[00:00:52.472]such as Study Abroad
[00:00:53.636]and connecting Family Studies
[00:00:55.071]to other departments in the university.
[00:00:57.207]I plan to work in parent programs
[00:00:58.892]in the future
[00:01:00.677]gave me the skills
[00:01:01.611]to get accepted
[00:01:02.111]into my dream graduate schools.
[00:01:04.314]Although I'm moving,
[00:01:05.248]I plan to stay connected
[00:01:06.599]to all of the professors
[00:01:07.584]and staff here in HDFS.
[00:01:09.419]Human Development and
[00:01:10.613]Family Science students
[00:01:11.521]have the opportunity
[00:01:12.472]to take a wide
[00:01:13.189]variety of classes
[00:01:14.507]that feels small
[00:01:15.775]by creating learning teams
[00:01:17.727]where students get to know one
[00:01:19.045]another and make friends.
[00:01:20.697]Learning in the context of
[00:01:21.931]a community helps students
[00:01:23.183]not only feel connected to one another,
[00:01:25.318]but they are better able to take concepts
[00:01:27.170]learned in classes
[00:01:28.221]and apply it in the real world.
[00:01:29.873]I feel like this is a really good major
[00:01:31.257]for a lot of people
[00:01:31.975]because you get to explore
[00:01:33.893]two different things
[00:01:35.929]where you get to learn about yourself
[00:01:37.313]and then family science
[00:01:38.298]where you learn about your family
[00:01:39.499]and then apply it to your career.
[00:01:41.184]My research is on working with families
[00:01:43.103]who are in stress, crisis and trauma.
[00:01:45.688]I try to help families work
[00:01:47.190]better through that process
[00:01:48.625]and lean on the people
[00:01:49.709]that are in their support system.
[00:01:51.628]I'm really grateful
[00:01:52.412]when I have undergraduate students
[00:01:53.813]that can work with me,
[00:01:54.681]especially because my research centers
[00:01:56.733]on people here in Nebraska.
[00:01:58.051]But it also centers
[00:01:58.918]on people around the world,
[00:02:00.053]especially those in Brazil.
[00:02:01.704]Research assistants are really helpful
[00:02:03.590]because they can help me transition
[00:02:05.692]the information back to the classroom
[00:02:07.794]and help me know how to work with
[00:02:10.046]and support students
[00:02:11.898]as they learn how to do good research.
[00:02:13.850]UNL has made it easy
[00:02:15.051]for me to balance academics and athletics.
[00:02:17.670]When I'm done here
[00:02:18.505]I want to be an athletic director
[00:02:20.156]and because of the time management
[00:02:21.541]that I've been taught
[00:02:22.225]and been able to work with families,
[00:02:24.227]I think it will be a lot
[00:02:26.579]So the reason why I chose HDFS
[00:02:28.548]is my major,
[00:02:29.632]It's because it was easy for my credits
[00:02:32.068]to transfer here to UNL
[00:02:33.536]and the faculty here
[00:02:34.487]has made it an easy transition,
[00:02:35.905]especially Dr. Dalla.
[00:02:38.057]She has encouraged me
[00:02:39.659]to look into the master's program here,
[00:02:41.761]so because of her,
[00:02:42.662]I will be doing the Youth
[00:02:44.898]next year in the fall of 2021.
[00:02:47.333]I'm very excited about this opportunity
[00:02:49.652]and I'm looking forward
[00:02:50.570]to the different careers
[00:02:51.588]that it could bring.
[00:02:52.654]When you pursue a degree
[00:02:53.690]in Human Development
[00:02:54.174]and Family Sciences
[00:02:55.742]in the Department of Child,
[00:02:56.809]Youth and Family Studies,
[00:02:57.977]you can expect
[00:02:58.561]to have international issues
[00:03:00.363]integrated within your coursework.
[00:03:02.148]This is because we offer something
[00:03:03.333]called the International Studies minor,
[00:03:05.368]and then you have
[00:03:06.085]an international experience
[00:03:07.136]attached to that minor,
[00:03:08.454]such as the Study Abroad program.
[00:03:10.073]In this department,
[00:03:10.974]we go to places like Brazil and India.
[00:03:13.943]offers an ambassador scholarship.
[00:03:16.079]If you go on to the programs
[00:03:18.348]they'll give you $1,000.
[00:03:20.066]I also teach a seminar
[00:03:21.167]every single semester
[00:03:22.851]called Ready, Set, Go.
[00:03:24.170]If you complete the seminar,
[00:03:25.521]you'll receive $1,000
[00:03:26.789]to go on any program
[00:03:27.840]within the College of Education
[00:03:29.158]and Human Sciences.
[00:03:30.977]who graduate from our
[00:03:32.729]and Family Science
[00:03:33.630]program are well prepared
[00:03:35.965]to work in a number of settings.
[00:03:37.650]The HDFS program is grounded in research
[00:03:41.371]and professional practice,
[00:03:42.956]and what is unique about that
[00:03:44.457]is that we can look at the individual
[00:03:47.010]in its entire context
[00:03:48.928]from this ecological approach,
[00:03:50.813]and because of that
[00:03:52.015]we can use a strength-based approach
[00:03:53.933]in helping these individuals and families
[00:03:57.954]develop the skills
[00:03:59.042]that they need to overcome
[00:04:00.623]the interpersonal challenges
[00:04:02.242]that they're dealing with
[00:04:03.176]on a day-to-day basis.
[00:04:04.978]So if you're interested
[00:04:05.845]to learn more about our program,
[00:04:07.764]I would encourage you
[00:04:08.598]to go to our
[00:04:12.250]for the Department
[00:04:13.202]of Child, Youth
[00:04:13.803]and Family Studies
[00:04:14.721]and the Human Development
[00:04:15.722]and Family Science.
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