Child and Family Studies
Students majoring in Child and Family Studies get to:
• Work with children at the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter
• Join a CAUSE ministry such as SASS: Students against Sexual Slavery
• Complete a hands-on internship with a non-profit, governmental, or parachurch organization that helps families and children.
• Conduct interviews and research on topics such as children/adolescents facing difficult circumstance (e.g., orphans, child soldiers, those in foster care, those who have been sexually abused, etc.) as well as other topics such as family communication, best practices in spiritual formation for families, marriage and family living, and sexuality.
• Create holistic curriculum for children in crisis.
• Work alongside Dr. Allen as she conducts research, speaks, and publishes (eight students have spoken with Dr. Allen at five events in the past eight years, including one opportunity in Nicaragua; several have co-authored articles and chapters in books)
• Create a professional portfolio that integrates academic and internship experience.
• Examine critical issues facing counselors, youth leaders, educators, ministers, and social workers.