Childhood Studies Concentration

The program provides students with an in-depth understanding of childhood in historical, contemporary, and global contexts and prepares them for careers in a wide variety of areas, including preschool teaching, child welfare and advocacy, child health and wellness, juvenile justice, youth programming, and other human services areas.

Catalog Year: 2021-2022

The Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies brings together research, theory and practice across numerous disciplines. Integrative studies majors select a multidisciplinary concentration or work with student services staff to develop their own concentration, uniquely suited to their academic and career goals. Integrative studies majors explore new topics and experiences while gaining the knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce.  Required coursework is offered in small classes with ample room for discussion, collaborative learning, and experiential learning, including in-community projects, volunteer opportunities, field work, internships and work with faculty on research that directly engages current social and global challenges.

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Integrative studies students may fulfill lower level Mason Core requirements through approved integrative studies (INTS) coursework. Students pursuing a BA in integrative studies must complete a minimum of 30 credits of (INTS) coursework, with at least 18 credits at the 300 and 400 levels. These 30 INTS credits fulfill the writing intensive and synthesis Mason Core requirements. In addition, students must complete ENGH 302 Advanced Composition (Mason Core).

Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

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Integrative studies students complete INTS 391 Understanding Integrative Studies and choose a concentration from the options below. Before registering, students should see an advisor to help plan their degree program to meet Mason requirements. The advisor also can help students choose electives or a minor.

Required Course

INTS 391 Understanding Integrative Studies 3

Concentration in the Major

A concentration is the equivalent of a major in a traditional degree program. Students choose from an established multidisciplinary concentration below or create with faculty an individualized program of study to fit their interests and needs. Concentration coursework combines integrative studies (INTS) classes with coursework from other Mason units (departments, schools, and colleges). While fulfilling the concentration requirements, students are also responsible for completing a minimum of 30 credits of INTS coursework. Any INTS courses required for the concentration will apply. Students must present a minimum GPA of 2.00 in courses applied to the concentration.

Concentration in Childhood Studies (CHDS)

Students complete the following coursework:

Seven Required Courses (minimum of 22 credits)
INTS 312 Images and Experiences of Childhood: Social Construct, Literature, and Film 3-6
INTS 316 Introduction to Childhood Studies (Mason Core) 4
INTS 317 Issues in Family Relationships (Mason Core) 3-4
or INTS 321 Parent-Child Relations (Mason Core)
PSYC 100 Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core) 3
PSYC 211 Developmental Psychology (Mason Core) 3
PSYC 313 Child Development 3
STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core) 3-4
or SOCI 313 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (Mason Core)
Total Credits 22-27
Additional Courses
Select three courses from the following: 9-18
Children and Media  
Youth and Conflict  
Critical Study of Children's Literature  
HEAL 350
Interventions for Populations and Communities at Risk  
Conflict Resolution and Transformation  
Violence and Gender  
Contemporary Youth Studies (Mason Core)  
Construction of Differences: Race, Class, and Gender (Mason Core)  
Parent-Child Relations (Mason Core)  
The Nonprofit Sector (Mason Core)  
Youth, Music, Social Change  
Youth Resistance and Advocacy  
NUTR 295
Introduction to Nutrition (Mason Core)  
NUTR 420
Strategies for Nutrition Education  
NUTR 421
Community Nutrition  
NUTR 422
Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle  
NUTR 423
Nutrition and Chronic Illnesses  
NUTR 466
Nutrition and Weight Management: Obesity, Anorexia, and Bulimia  
PHED 360
Sport Based Youth Development  
Adolescent Development  
Personality Theory  
Abnormal Psychology  
Psychology of Gender  
Behavior Disorders of Childhood  
Child and Family Welfare  
Sociology of Delinquency  
Youth Culture and Society (Mason Core)  
Oher relevant courses with approval of advisor
Total Credits 9-18

Additional Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with electives to bring the degree total to 120.