Major in Family and Human Services

Explore social justice issues • Prepare for your career or graduate school • Change the world

Make a career of helping others

The Family and Human Services major prepares you for careers in the many areas of social services: state organizations, schools, churches, non-profit organizations, and foster care and adoption agencies. You'll explore real issues and challenges that arise in human relationships, and learn to advocate with and for the clients you serve.

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What to expect as a Family and Human Services student at JBU

Experience Career Variety

Family and human services graduates are hired to be case workers, family and child advocates, program directors, community liaisons, foster care and adoptions specialists, and a variety of other positions in various social service organizations.

Get Real Experience

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

Explore Northern Ireland

With field trips, lectures, and dinners with the locals, students acquire a unique perspective on family, culture, and themselves while earning six credit hours in Northern Ireland.

Develop Solid Theology

As part of the curriculum, students take several upper-level theology classes while grappling with the difficult life situations they interact with daily.

Write a Thesis

For their capstone course, students conduct extensive research and write a publishable thesis on a major-specific topic of their choice.

Earn a Masters Degree

JBU has developed a specific curriculum track in which students earn a B.S. in Family and Human Services and an M.S. in Counseling in five years.

Tailor Your Degree

Choose an emphasis of study such as Child and Adolescent Studies, Criminology, Pre-Counseling, Psychology, Social Justice, Wilderness Counseling, or Counseling to learn more about your interests.

What could you do with a Family and Human Services degree? 

Case Management

Serve within both profit and nonprofit organizations, children's advocacy centers, foster care and adoptions agencies, anti-poverty organizations, half-way homes, youth/adult/senior citizen's programs, or group homes.

Research and Evaluation

Work for community centers, hospitals, adoption agencies, rehabilitation centers or camp programs.

Writing, Editing, or Researching

Serve within organizations focused on children and family (book publishers, radio/TV stations, nonprofit organizations, newspapers, magazines, or manufacturers).

Program Advocate/Coordination/Evaluation

Work for child and family advocacy programs, childhood enrichment and development centers, health and wellness agencies, or women's protective agencies.

Teaching and Administration

Lead in religious organizations, daycare centers (private or public), extended school programs, private homes, family daycare.

Department of Human Services

In many states, DHS looks for graduates who have specialized in a degree for social work with children and families.

Grad School

Pursue grad degrees in Social Work, Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy.

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