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The interdisciplinary Children’s Studies majors provide students a strong holistic background in the study of the development and learning of children from birth to adolescence in a variety of social contexts. Theory and practice from the disciplines of Sociology, Psychology and Education form the basis for this integrated curriculum. The BA Options A and B provide an opportunity for all students to develop a foundational and global perspective of children and childhood. Included in the program requirements is the course SOCI 101, which must be taken as a prerequisite to the Sociology courses found within the Children’s Studies Majors. This course may be used to fulfill the requirements for one General Education Course Requirement (GECR) but may not be counted twice toward the 180 credits required to graduate. In addition, EDUC 325, which makes up part of the Children’s Studies core, may be used to fulfull the requirement for the Culture and Gender Diversity requirement.  

Required courses in the following program of study may have prerequisites. Reference the course description section for clarification.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge in addressing children’s lives and experiences from a variety of disciplines;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of children’s diversity;
  • Critically evaluate a variety of approaches in working with children and reflect on their own practices and interactions with children;

  • Design curricula that addresses children's individuality in different types of interactions and contexts;

  • Demonstrate effective practices in working with children and child service organizations, which include knowledge of content area, problem solving, use of technology, opportunity for choice, motivation, collaboration, and respect for diversity;

  • Communicate effectively with all constituencies, including children, parents, colleagues, and community members; and demonstrate professional leadership in the field.

What will I study?

Note: two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college level foreign language is required.

Major-Core Courses Required (29-30 credits)
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology (5)
CDST 301 Introduction to Children’s Studies (2) or
     EDUC 306 Introduction to Early Childhod Eduction (1)
PSYC 305 Child and Adolescent Development (4)
EDUC 325 Inequalities and Impacts on Educational Equity (4)
GEOG 357 Geography of Childhood (3)
SOCI/WMST 370 Sociology of the Family (5)
SOCI/WMST483 Sociology of Children (5)
CDST 492 Senior Portfolio (2)

Core Electives (4 credits minimum)
CDST 402 Children's Rights (5)
CDST 411 Child Life Theory (5)
CDST 412 Health and Children (5)
CDST 413 Media and Children (5)
CDST 421 Play and Playwork (4)
CDST 422 Children's Loss and Grief (4)
CDST 439 Topics in Children's Studies (1-5)

Choose one of the following Practicum/Internship courses (3-4 credits)
CDST495 Internship (4)
PSYC 495 Experiential Learning (4)
EDUC 457 Collaborative Reflective Practice in Early Childhood Education (3)

Capstone (4 credits)
CDST 490 Children’s Studies Senior Capstone (4), ITGS 400 Interdisciplinary Senior Capstone (4)  or an approved Department Senior Capstone course
Total required core credits 41-43 credits


Degree Options–Choose one of the three options for the BA:  

The Research option is designed for those undergraduate students who plan to do graduate work or who wish to work in agencies or organizations that need data collection and assessment.

Required Courses ( 14-18 credits)

Theory –choose one (5-8 credits)
CSBS 310 Foundations of Social and Behavioral Science Theory (5)
PSYC 315 Human Relations (4)
and PSYC 320 Developmental Theories and Applications (4)

CSBS 320 Introductory Statistics for the Social Sciences (5)

Research Method–choose one (5 credits)
CSBS 330 Integrated Social Science Methods (5)
PSYC 309 Scientific Principles of Psychology (5)
PSYC 313 Research Methods in Psychology (5)

Electives (1-5 credits)
Elective credits, including CDST 499, as approved by major advisor.

Required core credits 41-43 credits
Required program credits 15-18 credits
Elective credits 1-5 credits
Minimum total credits for above major 60 credits

The Program option allows students to develop an enhanced and broadened perspective about children so they can have the flexibility to work with children in social service agencies and other child focused programs.

Required Courses (8 credits)
PSYC 315 Human Relations (4)
PSYC 324 Human Learning (4)

Electives (Minimum of 9 credits)
Choose from the following:
AAST 320 African American Family (5)
PSYC 402 Behavior Modification (4)
PSYC 476 Child and Family Guidance (4)
EDUC 455 Perspectives of Early Childhood Education (3)
EDUC 480 Educating Young Children with Diverse Backgrounds (3)
ENGl/EDUC 323 A Global View through Children’s Literature (5)
MGMT 326 Organization Theory and Behavior (4)
RCLS 260 Arts in Recreation (3)
RCLS 385 Programming in Recreation and Leisure Services (3)
SOCI 452 Juvenile Delinquency (5)
SOCI 463 Complex Organizations (5)
SOWK 471 Human Rights and Women’s Rights (4)
SOWK 492 Child Welfare (5)
Or other elective credits approved by major advisor...

Required core credits 41-43 credits
Required program credits 8 credits
Elective credits 9-11 credits
Minimum total credits for above major 60 credits

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