This online master's specialization in International Family Studies is designed to prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills for strengthening families through research, service, and policy intervention. The program focuses on professional roles related to international family services with perspectives on families and communities and the ability to act effectively and ethically in decision-making and problem solving.Graduates of this program will be prepared to engage in constructive public discourse to sustain and strengthen families across the globe and apply logical, critical, and creative thinking to the advancement of knowledge and understanding in international family studies. This program is available through a partnership with institutions in the Global Consortium for International Family Studies (GCIFS).
Who should consider this program?
Yan Xia believes engaged students and meaningful research help strengthen families and the community. Her research, outreach and teaching have led to many honors and recognition. Her research interests include: research on immigrant youth behavioral and mental health, parent-adolescent communication and relationship, strengths and stress among Asian immigrant families, adolescent substance abuse, program evaluation and Chinese adolescent social competence.
(Only required if English is not your native language)
Statement of Professional Goals and Resume
Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.
|Family Immigration and Migration||3|
Course Number: CYAF 811
Exploration of migration in a global context, including how policies shape emigration and immigration of families in different parts of the world. Specific attention will be paid to the social, cultural, political, and economic factors related to early childhood education, parenting, adolescent identity, marriage and relationships, elder care, health and well being, and host-country integration.
|Family and Violence in the Global Context||3|
Course Number: CYAF 815
The concept of violence includes both interpersonal violence (child abuse, violence against women) and collective violence (war, genocide) and their intersections. The nature, causes, agents, and consequences of, as well as responses to violence are examined in the social, political, economic, cultural and global contexts.
|Families Across the Life Course||3|
Course Number: CYAF 837
Exploration of family interactions and individual development across the life span and the cultural, political, and social factors that impact development globally.
|Family Centered Practice Approaches||3|
Course Number: CYAF 844
Material and course experiences prepare students for family centered practice regardless of discipline. Course content emphasizes the family as the unit of observation, programming, and intervention.
|Foundations in Family Studies||3|
Course Number: CYAF 884
Introduction to the trans-disciplinary field of Family Studies from global perspectives. Theoretical and research approaches to the study of the family in varied cultural and national contexts will be explored.
|Families and Cultural Diversity||3|
Course Number: CYAF 885
Critical understanding of the diversity of family forms in their cultural contexts. The impact of history, tradition, and contemporary trends on families will be explored. Emphasis will be on recognizing, accepting, and working within a context of diversity of culture and family form.
|Strengths and Challenges of Families Across the World||3|
Course Number: CYAF 886
Theoretical, practical, and experiential learning to enhance understanding of family strengths and challenges across the world. Principles for developing culturally sensitive strengths-enhancing programming for children and families throughout the world will be addressed.
|International Perspectives on Family Policy||3|
Course Number: CYAF 887
Analysis of the systems, contexts, and policies that affect individuals and families throughout the world.
|Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation||3|
Course Number: CYAF 889
Principles and methods of program design, implementation, and outcome evaluation of family programs in global contexts and across the globe.
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.