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Children's Studies

The curriculum of this interdisciplinary program provides a strong holistic background in the study of children, from birth to adolescence. Theory and practice, from the disciplines of sociology, psychology, and education, form the basis for this integrated curriculum. Children’s studies courses provide foundational and global perspectives of children and childhood. A choice of concentration areas, culminating in a capstone experience and a senior portfolio, allows students to connect effectively with specific career opportunities.

What are the degree options?

The Children's Studies Program exemplifies Eastern's educational mission, which focuses on career preparation, strongly supported by the liberal arts.

Core Courses
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Children's Studies or
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Inequalities and Impacts on Educational Equity
  • Geography of Childhood
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Topics in Children's Studies
  • Sociology of Children
  • Capstone
  • Practicum or Internship
  • Senior Portfolio
    Concentration Areas
    • Option A - Research, for those who want to do graduate work in fields dealing with children.
    • Option B - Program development, for those pursuing careers in a variety of agencies.


    What can I do with my degree?

    The BA in chidren's studies boasts breadth and depth, offering students the benefit of perspectives from varied disciplines as well as research opportunity with practitioners in the field, relevant internships and career counseling.

    Some places you could go with a major in children's studies

    • Head Start, Early Head Start and ECEAP Specialist
    • Daycare owner/director
    • Center director
    • Head teacher
    • Lab school teacher at community colleges
    • After-school program director
    • Children's museum staff
    • Community recreation program staff
    • County extension specialist
    • Researcher
    Social Services
    • Youth shelter worker
    • Facility provider for at-risk children
    • Adoption counselor
    • Parent and family support
    • Family literacy
    • Social worker
    • Home visitor
    • Child care resource and referral agency counselor
    • Foster care supervisor
    • Program director
    • Juvenile justice worker
    • Family mediation (court)
    • Policy analyst
    • Child Life Specialist
    • Child health worker
    • Early interventionist

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