Community & Family Services
Interested in vocations that focus on helping people? Ouachita’s community and family services major in the Pruet School of Christian Studies at Ouachita is designed to prepare graduates for a wide range of vocations in areas of community, family and social services or for graduate education in social work, counseling and other fields.
Children’s and family ministry
Family service groups
Graduate study: professional counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work, law, ministry
Introduction to Social Services
Internship in Community and Family Services
This flexible degree program allows you to choose courses to suit your interests and the needs of your future career path. View the detailed degree requirements PDF to see all courses included in the program.
Graduate School Acceptance Rate for Pruet School students
Academic Departments Involved in the Program
Average Class Size, Department of Christian Ministries
Full-time Faculty Have Doctoral Degrees
choose your path
The clinical emphasis is designed for students who are interested in going on to pursue graduate work, clinical mental health counseling or clinical social work.
Courses focus on research, evidence-based trauma therapy models, psychology, counseling and social services. Students will be well-prepared to enter graduate school after completing their coursework.
The human services emphasis is designed for students who are interested in careers geared toward serving their communities and meeting people’s practical needs.
Courses focus on human services and court systems, sociology, social entrepreneurship and the relationship between suffering, tragedy and the Christian faith. These students will be equipped to work in areas such as non-profit work and ministry.
In their words
hear from a faculty member & student
"The combination of learning Biblical truths, practical applications in community or mental health settings and communication skills sets students up to serve in a variety of settings. I can confidently say that I have come out of this program with a stronger love for people and more confidence in how I can use my abilities to serve them. I am thankful for the faculty and staff who come alongside students in such an impactful four years of learning, growing, and serving. This degree program was the perfect choice for me."
Class of 2022 community & family services major
LEARN FROM PROFESSORS WHO ARE THE AUTHORS OF YOUR TEXTBOOKS
Don’t just read textbooks by experts in the field. At Ouachita, you actually can learn from those very authors! Faculty members in Ouachita’s Pruet School of Christian Studies have written numerous books, including Bible handbooks, commentaries and other theological and ministry resources.
JOIN INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS AT CONFERENCES ON CAMPUS
Gain valuable insights and network with professionals at conferences hosted each year by the Pruet School, including a pastors’ conference and a Conference on Issues in Christian Counseling. These opportunities – held right here on campus – are a great head start on a meaningful career.
SERVE THE KINGDOM LOCALLY, ABROAD OR ANYWHERE IN BETWEEN
Service is a way of life here. Whether your passion is children, senior adults, church planting, overseas missions or anything in between, there are dozens of programs through Ouachita’s Elrod Center for Family and Community, Campus Ministries and the Pruet School to connect you with opportunities to serve.
A FOUNDATION FOR SUCCESS
for graduation and beyond.
Whether you plan to launch your career after graduation or continue to graduate studies, a Ouachita degree in community and family services will provide a solid foundation for your success. Interested in counseling, social work or another path requiring graduate study? Our hands-on, individualized academic advising will make sure you complete any prerequisites needed for the graduate program of your choice.
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A life-changing experience
Learning to serve
Has God called you to serve Him through ministry or missions? The Pruet School of Christian Studies is a great place to prepare. Our students gain an understanding of the theological, biblical and practical elements of Christian ministry as well as hands-on experience in ministry, missions and service.
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