Child & Family Studies

Child and family studies draws a biblical and psychological landscape for holistic care of children and families, including emotional, social, physical and spiritual support. The CFS coursework prepares students for a wide range of careers working with hurting children and families in the public or private sector, both globally and domestically.

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Find out what our students and professor have to say about studying child and family studies at JBU.

Experience Career Variety

Six Reasons to Study Child & Family Studies at JBU

Reason #1

Experience Career Variety

JBU graduates are hired to be case workers, research assistants, content managers, program directors and a variety of other positions in various social service organizations.

Develop Relevant Curriculum

Six Reasons to Study Child & Family Studies at JBU

Reason #2

Develop Relevant Curriculum

Students spend a semester applying their knowledge of child development and crisis response to create holistic curriculum for counseling and therapy.

Get Real Experience

Six Reasons to Study Child & Family Studies at JBU

Reason #3

Get Real Experience

Students work as interns at incredible ministries right here in Northwest Arkansas like the Children’s Advocacy Center, New Life Ranch, NWA Women’s Shelter and New Beginnings Pregnancy Center.

Develop Solid Theology

Six Reasons to Study Child & Family Studies at JBU

Reason #4

Develop Solid Theology

Students take several upper-level theology classes while grappling with the difficult life situations they interact with daily.

Lead a Ministry

Six Reasons to Study Child & Family Studies at JBU

Reason #5

Lead a Ministry

Students are encouraged to lead one of the many child and community focused CAUSE ministries at JBU to complement and apply their coursework.

Write a Thesis

Six Reasons to Study Child & Family Studies at JBU

Reason #6

Write a Thesis

For their capstone course, students conduct extensive research and write a publishable thesis on a major-specific topic of their choice. This level of research is rare on an undergraduate level and offers an impressive writing sample for graduate school applications.

Maxie Burch

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Maxie Burch

Professor of Biblical Studies

As a historian and theologian, Maxie Burch is convinced that God is pretty big and therefore a great mystery that one lifetime will be insufficient to figure out.

Ph.D., Baylor University
M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological
B.A., The Citadel

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