Children, Youth & Family Studies Degree Requirements


Major in Children, Youth & Family Studies (44 cr)

CYFS 210 Foundations for Children, Youth & Family Studies [4]
CYFS 211 Models for Programming [4]
CYFS 300 Family Systems [2]
CYFS 320 Lifespan Development [4]
CYFS 330 Counseling Skills [4]
CYFS 335 Congregational Children’s Ministry* [2]
CYFS 336 Congregational Youth Ministry* [2]
CYFS 380 Practicum [4]
CYFS 480 Field Experience [14]
CYFS 485 Philosophy and Practice of Ministry [4]

Total required credits [44]

* With department approval, CYFS 335/336 may be replaced with courses tailored to a student’s area of professional interest, such as upper-level courses in CYFS, ECE, BUSA, or PSYC.

Minor in Youth Ministry

Required courses:
CYFS 210 Foundations for Children, Youth & Family Studies [4]
CYFS 211 Models for Programming [4]
CYFS 305 Youth Retreat Planning [2]
CYFS 336 Congregational Youth Ministry [2]
RELI 355 Christian Spirituality: Practicing Our Faith [4]

At least 4 additional credits from the following:
CYFS 230 Service Projects and Mission Trips [2]
CYFS 300 Family Systems [2]
CYFS 330 Counseling Skills [4]
CYFS 339 Family Ministry [2]
CYFS 356 Outdoor Ministry Programming [2]
CYFS 380 Practicum [4]
CYFS 398 Special Topics [1-4]
RELI 433 Contemporary Theology [4]

Total required credits [20]

Minor in Children’s Ministry

Required courses:
CYFS 210 Foundations for Children, Youth & Family Studies [4]
CYFS 211 Models for Programming [4]
CYFS 335 Congregational Children’s Ministry [2]
ECED 303 Children and Nature [2]
ECED 305 Children’s Literature, Language and Literacy [4]

At least 2 additional credits from the following:
CYFS 300 Family Systems [2]
CYFS 356 Outdoor Ministry Programming [2]
CYFS 398 Special Topic Seminar [1-4]
ECED 210 Child Growth and Development [4]
ECED 310 Diversity in Learning and Behavior [2]
ECED 398 Special Topics [1-4]

Total required credits [18]

Minor in Outdoor Leadership

Required courses:
CYFS 210 Foundations for Children, Youth & Family Studies [4]
CYFS 211 Models for Programming [4]
CYFS 305 Youth Retreat Planning [2]
CYFS 356 Outdoor Ministry Programming [2]
ECED 303 Children and Nature [2]

At least 4 additional credits from the following:
BUSA 210 Financial Accounting [4]
BUSA 320 Resource Development for Nonprofit Organizations & Grant writing [4]
BUSA 420 Managing the Non-profit Organization [2]
COMM 360 Advertising and Marketing Principles [4]
CYFS 355 Outdoor Ministry Administration [2]
RELI 355 Christian Spirituality: Practicing Our Faith [4]

Total required credits [18]

Minor in Pre-Counseling Studies

Required courses:
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology* [4]
CYFS 320 Lifespan Development [4]
CYFS 330 Counseling Skills [4]
PSYC 302 Introduction to Clinical Psychology [4]
PSYC 330 Research Methods [4]
PSYC 401 Abnormal Psychology [4]

Total required credits [24]

* Prerequisite course (must be taken before any other courses in the minor)