Children’s Studies Minor

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 directly with children (e.g., in a hospital, community center, counseling clinic, school). These opportunities enrich students’ understanding of children, enhance students’ growth as involved citizens, and 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, and 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 may count toward the minor. Per University policy, students may not double-count courses for a major and a minor. (For example, an education major may not count EDUC 102 Educational Psychology for this minor because it is required for the education major, but the student may use PSYC 307 Culture and Child Development to count for the minor.) One of the five courses may be a one-credit independent study completed in any department that has an appropriate focus and content to count for the minor. Before starting such an independent study, it must be approved by the coordinators if the student wishes it to count toward the minor.

EDUC 102Educational Psychology1
EDUC 227Immigrant Youth in U.S. Society1
EDUC 230Foundations of Classroom Assessment1
EDUC 235The Creative Process1
EDUC 290Gender Issues in Education1
EDUC 318Critical Multiculturalism1
EDUC 321Disability Studies1
EDUC 323Education of Young Children1
EDUC 334Later Childhood and Adolescence1
EDUC 335Child & Adolescent Development1
EDUC 347Family, School, and Community Partnerships1
ENLS 218Studies in Children's Literature1
ENLS 220Young Adult Fiction1
ENLS 290Special Topics1
FREN 370Topics in Civilization (Learning to be French: Education and Identity in Modern and Contemporary France)1
MATH 203Introduction to Mathematical Thought1
MATH 204Elementary Geometry and Statistics1
MUSC 135Introduction to Teaching Music1
MUSC 230Music for Exceptional Children1
PSYC 307Culture and Child Development1
PSYC 320Children's Studies1


Co-coordinators: Chris J. Boyatzis, Lori A. Dira