University of Florida

Department of Family, Youth & Community Sciences
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The degree programs offered through the department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences are interdisciplinary, applied social science programs designed to prepare you to enter a career in research or academia, human services, youth professions, family life education, cooperative extension, or community development in a public, private, or nonprofit organization.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Tracy Irani
Department Emphasis
  • 30% Family Scienc
  • 40% Youth Development
  • 30% Community Science
Campus Enrollment
50,000
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Community - Master's
  • Community - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

3001 McCarty Hall
P.O. Box 110310
Gainesville, FL 32611
United States

Phone Number
352-273-3538
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family, Youth, & Community Sciences
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Family Resource Management
  • Principles of FYCS
  • Parenting and Family Development
  • Contemporary Family Problems and Interventions
  • Human Services
  • Foundations of Youth Development
  • Introduction to Social and Economic Perspectives on the Community
  • Community Food Systems
  • Personal and Family Financial Counseling
  • Ethical Issues in FYCS
  • Urban and Rural America in Transition
  • Youth and Family Relations
  • Contemporary Youth Problems and Solutions
  • Organizational Leadership for Nonprofits
  • Working with Nonprofit Organizations in Community Settings
  • Fundraising for Community Nonprofit Organizations
  • Risk Management in Nonprofit Organizations
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Methods of Family Life Education
  • Planning and Evaluating FYCS Programs
  • Family Policy
  • Applied Social Research Methods
  • Supervised Extension Experience in FYCS
  • Individual Study
  • Supervised Research in FYCS
  • Honors Project
  • Senior Seminar
  • Practicum in FYCS
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
CFLE
Undergrad Comments

The Family, Youth and Community Sciences (FYCS) major provides education and experience for careers in human services, community development, cooperative extension, and youth professions. Students develop in-depth knowledge in individual and family development and functioning in a community and societal context. Students learn intervention skills such as interpersonal communication; program planning, management, and administration; social policy; applied research and evaluation; and community-based education.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Larry Forthun
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Adolescent Problematic Behavior
  • Promoting Positive Youth Development
  • Prevention Science in Youth Development and Family Science
  • Seminar in Youth Development and Family Science
  • Scientific Reasoning and Research Design
  • Advanced Research Methods for Family, Youth and Community Sciences
  • Applied Data Analysis in Family, Youth and Community Sciences
  • Theoretical Approaches to Youth Development
  • Theories of Family Development, Systems and Change
  • Theories of Community Development
  • Sustainable Community Development
  • Community Development and Civic Engagement
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations
  • Nonprofit Human Resource Management
  • Risk Management for Nonprofits
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Grant Proposals for Community-Based Organizations
  • Program Planning and Evaluation for Human Service Delivery
  • Public Policy and Human Resource Development
  • Personal and Family Financial Planning
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Family, Youth, & Community Service (thesis and non-thesis options)
  • Nonprofit Organizational Development Concentration
  • Community Studies Concentration
  • On-campus (<a href="http://fycs.ifas.ufl.edu/Graduate/">http://fycs.ifas.ufl.edu/Graduate/</a>)
  • Online (<a href="http://onlinefycs.ifas.ufl.edu/">http://onlinefycs.ifas.ufl.edu/</a>)</ul>
Masters Comments

The Master of Science in FYCS can help you develop the specialized skills needed to pursue an advanced social science degree (e.g., PhD) or move into a leadership role in career areas such as human services, social welfare, family life education, nonprofit organizations, youth development, or other community-based initiatives. The curriculum closely examines methods you can use to effectively create and evaluate human services programs and explores interdisciplinary research and assessment techniques you can immediately apply to your organization.

We offer a Concentration in Nonprofit Organizational Development that can be completed while earning your MS degree. This concentration helps you build a foundation of skills necessary to develop and sustain an effective nonprofit, including coursework that examines essential topics like governance, strategic planning, fundraising, risk management, and financial planning.

CFLE

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process. ocesses and systems, and community contexts influence the behavioral, psychosocial, and socio-emotional well-being of children, adolescents, and emerging adults.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Youth Development and Family Science
Doctoral Comments

Designed to prepare you to conduct high-impact research addressing the problems, issues, and needs relevant to developing youth, their families, and the communities in which they live. This PhD is appropriate whether you plan to pursue a tenure-track faculty position or a career in the government, nonprofit, or private sectors. Research in this field answers questions related to how human growth and development, interpersonal and family processes and systems, and community contexts influence the behavioral, psychosocial, and socio-emotional well-being of children, adolescents, and emerging adults.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.

Program Approved Since
3/1/2002
CFLE Contact
Dr. Suzanna Smith
CFLE Contact Email