Family in meeting with counselor

Child and Family Services (BS)

Nature and nurture.

In contemporary society, the definition of family is evolving; the traditional nuclear family has many variations. If you’re interested in learning about human development—from infancy to adolescence—and the relationship between youths and their family and social settings, a degree in child and family services might appeal to you.

Taught from a Christian perspective, our program prepares people-oriented students for a variety of careers serving children and families. You will examine current research and theory, and learn to design, implement and evaluate family life education plans.

Program Overview

Credit hours University Requirements: 56 credit hours
+ Major Requirements: 39 credit hours
+ Electives: 33 credit hours
= Total Required: 128 credit hours*
*Based on track selection
Tracks N/A
Department Bible Missions and Ministry
School/College College of Biblical Studies


You’ll take courses such as:

  • Family Communication
  • Human Intimacy
  • Family Crises and Resiliency
  • Parenting and Family Skills
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What can you do after graduation?

  • Family Resource Coordinator
  • Childcare Director
  • Funeral Director
  • Group Home Worker
  • Marriage Counselor
  • Adoption Counselor
  • Youth Services Coordinator
  • Family Counselor

Hollie Young (’05) is among the first on the scene for children.

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Clubs and Activities

Child and family services majors get practical experience through co-curriculars such as:

  • Service-learning
  • Internships
  • Community-based research
  • Study abroad

About the Department of Marriage and Family Studies

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The mission of the Department of Marriage and Family Studies is to equip students to strengthen family relationships and solve personal and relational problems through child and family services or therapeutic intervention while cultivating Christian leadership and character in each student. Our students examine how humans interact in relationships as families, groups, communities, cultures and society as a whole. They use this understanding to help and to serve.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.