Human flourishing matters.

Accompanying a major in Psychology, the Child and Adolescent Services emphasis will equip you to work in a variety of human service roles focusing on children, adolescents and families. Your course work and related experiences will focus on child and adolescent development, creative therapeutic approaches for children and families, and the contexts that impact children and adolescents.

If you desire to work with children, adolescents and families in agency, counseling and ministry settings, consider adding this emphasis to your program of study.

  • Overview

    • School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
    • Division: Social Science
    • Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts
    • Format: Residential
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Career Opportunities

    An emphasis in Child and Adolescent Services will prepare you for entry-level human services work. In addition, the emphasis will prepare you for opportunities to complete graduate work in psychology, child and adolescent development, counseling, family and child ecology, and related disciplines. You could serve in settings such as:

    • Youth residential treatment programs
    • School-based intervention services
    • Adoption agencies
    • Crisis pregnancy centers
    • Child and family ministries
    • Other child and adolescent service settings

    Relevant Classes

    A well-rounded list of liberal arts and major classes prepare you to excel as an innovative, character-driven professional. And trained advisers provide the personalized, strengths-focused guidance you need to thrive as a college student and complete your degree.

    Download a semester-by-semester class planning guide. This shows how you can finish your degree in four years.

  • Global Internships

    100% of our traditional undergraduate students complete an academic internship or practicum. More than a graduation requirement, this real-world experience helps you explore your calling and gain practical skills for career success.

    With guidance from the Center for Career & Life Calling, our students land internships at trusted businesses and nonprofits around the world.

    • MOKA
    • Starlight Ministries

    Job and Graduate School Placement Rate


    of all our traditional undergraduate students from the class of 2017 were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.