Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Services

With a Child and Family Services degree, you can learn parenting skills, family crisis management, family communication and more!

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 bachelor’s of science in child and family services might appeal to you.

A career in family and child development can have many facets, and ACU can prepare you for all of them.

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Why Child and Family Services at ACU?

Taught from a Christian perspective, our child and family development degree 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.

With a bachelor degree in human services, career options are many. You could work as a family counselor, adoption counselor, marriage counselor, funeral director, childcare director, group home worker, family resource coordinator, youth services coordinator and more.

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

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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

Clubs and Activities

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

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

Required Hours

University Requirements: 56 credit hours + Major Requirements: 39 credit hours + Electives: 33 credit hours = Total Required: 128 credit hours

Example Coursework

Minor Available:



Application Deadlines

Early Action: November 1st

Regular: February 1st

National Candidates: May 1st

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