Through engaging classes and hands-on experience, the Children, Youth & Family Studies program gives you knowledge and skills to work with children, youth, and adults in settings that range from churches and camps to social service agencies and non-profit organizations.
You will study emerging trends and contemporary research, human lifespan development, family systems, counseling and relational skills, program planning and administration, and best practices for working with children and youth – all from a rich Christian faith perspective.
You’ll gain practical experience through practicum and internship courses – accumulating up to 700 hours of valuable learning experience. You can also hone skills in program planning through participation in the Holden Youth Weekends, a high school youth event led by Trinity students.
Throughout your program of study, professors will work with you to tailor classes to meet your unique interests, such as youth ministry, children’s ministry, community social services, outdoor ministry, or nonprofit leadership. This means you can adapt assignment and projects to what you’re most interested in.
Become a youth ministry director in a church. Run programs at a camp. Become a case manager or agency program director. Work in a community nonprofit. Direct a children’s ministry program. Pursue graduate studies or seminary to become a counselor, teacher, or pastor.
As you finish the program, professors will help you prepare for life beyond college by coaching you in creating a resume, finding jobs, or applying to graduate school.