Child and Family Studies
Students majoring in Child and Family Studies have a variety of career opportunities upon graduation.
• Case management for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations, day care providers, half-way homes, children/youth/adult/senior citizen's programs or group homes—both internationally and domestically, faith-based and secular.
• Research and evaluation for community centers, hospitals, adoption agencies, rehabilitation centers or camp programs.
• Writing, editing or researching for organizations focused on children and family (book publishers, radio/TV stations, nonprofit organizations, newspapers, magazines or manufacturers).
• Social services for federal, state and local government agencies (Departments of Human Services in many states look for graduates who focused on children and families studies)
• Program advocate/coordination/evaluation for child care programs, health and wellness agencies, women's protective agencies—both internationally and domestically, faith-based and secular.
• Teaching and administration for religious organizations, day care centers (private or public), extended school programs, private homes, family day care.
• Children’s ministry and family ministry in church settings.
• Graduate school: CFS majors pursue graduate degrees in play therapy, child and/or family counseling, school counseling, social work, occupational therapy, and Christian education.
Recent JBU graduates who majored in this field are working or have recently worked with the following organizations:
• Children’s Advocacy Center (children who have been sexually abused)
• Shelterwood (at-risk teens)
• Paidia (in Israel)
• Department of Human Services
• Camp War Eagle
• Nehemiah Project and Boys’ Ranch in Kitwe, Zambia
• Little Lighthouse (children with special needs)
• Kids Across America
• Overseas Mission Fellowship International (in Thailand)
• Saving Grace (transitional living and life skills education for young women 17-25 who have aged out of foster care or group homes)
• Children’s ministry in several faith communities