Coordinators: Chris Boyatzis, Lori Smolleck

The interdepartmental Children’s Studies minor offers a multidisciplinary perspective on children and childhood to help students achieve a deeper and broader understanding of children and childhood. Children are examined in contexts of culture, historical era, educational systems, socioeconomic class, geographic setting, religious ideology, political and economic systems, and so on. In addition, Children’s Studies is concerned with children’s “lived” experience. Thus, some courses may examine exigencies that affect hundreds of millions of children globally (e.g., poverty, hunger, war, disease, labor, etc.). Children’s Studies also emphasizes advocacy and service for children. Thus, many courses in the minor involve a service-learning or fieldwork component in which students work with children directly (e.g., in a hospital, community center, counseling clinic, school). These opportunities not only enrich students’ understanding of children but enhance students’ growth as involved citizens and also benefit children and organizations in the community.

The Children’s Studies minor could benefit students from many departments. Many education and psychology students could be interested but there are other audiences and specialized interests: pre-med students interested in pediatrics, English majors interested in children’s literature, pre-law students interested in family law or child advocacy, computer science or engineering students interested in educational or recreational software, and so on. Collectively, the courses in the minor will expose students to new undergraduate opportunities as well as varied educational and career options.

The minor consists of five courses from the list below, with the following stipulations. At least four courses must be at the 200 level or above, and no more than two courses taken in any one department can count toward the minor. Per University policy, students cannot double count courses for a major and a minor. (Thus, for example, an education major could not count EDUC 201 for this minor because it is required for the education major, but the student could use PSYC 307 to count for the minor.)

EDUC 201: Educational Psychology
EDUC 230: Foundation Classroom Assessment
EDUC 235: Integrated Arts in Learning
EDUC 316: Teaching in Diverse Environments
EDUC 318: Multiculturalism and Education
EDUC 323: Education of Young Children
EDUC 334: Later Childhood and Adolescence
EDUC 335: Child and Adolescent Development
EDUC 347: Family, School, and Community Partnerships

ENGL 218: Studies in Children’s Literature
ENGL 220: Young Adult Fiction
ENGL 290: Special Topics: Introduction to Children’s Literature

MATH 117: Introduction to Mathematical Thought
MATH 118: Elementary Geometry and Statistics

PSYC 207: Developmental Psychology
PSYC 307: Culture and Child Development
PSYC 320: Children's Studies
PSYC 337: Child Development in Denmark

SPAN 323: Latin American Short Stories for Children

 

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