Bachelor of Arts in Children's Studies

About

The Bachelor of Arts in Children’s Studies program includes several options to choose from. Each option has been designed for specific groups of students with different goals for the future.


Option A: Child Life and Health

The Child Life and Health option is designed for students pursuing certification in Child Life with the Association of Child Life Professionals and for those pursuing graduate work for future employment in medical fields working with children.

Campuses: Cheney and Online


Option B: Social Services & Community Programming for Children

The Social Services & Community Programming for Children option is designed for students interested in pursuing work with children and/or families at the agency level. OR for students who want to pursue community-based work in learning and development.

Campuses: Cheney and Online


 

Curriculum & Requirements

Children's Studies Major, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The Children’s Studies Bachelor of Arts provides a comprehensive foundation for the study of children and childhood. Program options allow students to focus their studies in areas of child life and health, or social services and community programs for children.

Note:

  • enrollment in CDST 302 requires proof of a successfully completed background check;
  • two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college-level foreign language is required.
Required Core Courses
CDST 300FOUNDATIONS OF CHILDREN'S STUDIES–PART I2
CDST 302FOUNDATIONS OF CHILDREN'S STUDIES–PART 2 (enrollment requires successful complete of a background check.)3
CDST 303INFANT AND TODDLER DEVELOPMENT4
CDST 304GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT THROUGH CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE4
CDST 310GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES OF CHILDREN5
CDST 330RESEARCH METHODS FOR STUDYING CHILDREN AND CHILDHOOD4
CDST/GWSS 386CHILDREN AND THE FAMILY5
CDST 402CHILDREN'S RIGHTS, LAWS AND ETHICS5
CDST 403DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION IN CHILDHOOD5
CDST 404TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES5
CDST 415MINDFULNESS AND ALTERNATIVE PRACTICES FOR WORKING WITH CHILDREN5
CDST 490SENIOR CAPSTONE CHILDREN'S STUDIES 5
Required Option29-32
Option A: Child Life and Health
CHILD LIFE THEORY
CHILDREN'S LOSS AND GRIEF
THERAPEUTIC PLAY
PEDIATRIC MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
CHILD LIFE PRACTICE ASSESSMENT AND PREPARATION
CDST OPTION A FIELDWORK
Required Option A Elective–choose one course from the following
SCHOOL REINTEGRATION AND SUPPORT
PEDIATRIC PALLIATIVE CARE
NON-TRADITIONAL CHILD LIFE
INTERNATIONAL CHILD LIFE
Option B: Social Services and Community Programs for Children
ADVOCATING FOR CHILDREN WITH DIVERSE NEEDS
PLAY AND PLAYWORK
CDST OPTION B INTERNSHIP
DISABILITY, CULTURE AND SOCIETY
CHILD ABUSE: RECOGNITION AND INTERVENTION STRATEGIES
Required Option B Electives–choose two courses from the following
ADOLESCENT ADDICTION ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT
FOUNDATIONS OF NATURE-BASED LEARNING
DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
INTRODUCTION TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
INTRODUCTION TO THE HELPING PROFESSIONS
Total Credits81-84

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