Minor in Childhood Studies

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.

The interdisciplinary minor is designed for students who have a child-related focus in their major and for those who want to explore the topic of childhood. This minor focuses on the study of issues concerning children and their representations, including their experiences in society within historical and contemporary cultures and global contexts. The curriculum fosters thinking about childhood theory, research, policy and the practical applications of this knowledge to decisions regarding children and youth. The minor provides enough flexibility for students to choose relevant courses in keeping with their primary interests.


Dunne, Garner (director)

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Minor Requirements

Total credits: 16

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Core Courses

Three to four credits of 3-4
Images and Experiences of Childhood: Social Construct, Literature, and Film 1
INTS 316 Introduction to Childhood Studies (Mason Core) 4
Total Credits 7-8


Select three courses from the following: 9
Family Law and the Justice System
EDUC 302
Human Growth and Development
EDUC 372
Human Development, Learning, and Teaching (Mason Core)
Contemporary Youth Studies (Mason Core)
Parent-Child Relations (Mason Core)
Developmental Psychology (Mason Core)
Child Development
Adolescent Development
Behavior Disorders of Childhood
Sociology of Delinquency
Marriage, Families, and Intimate Life
Youth Culture and Society
SOCW 415
Child and Family Welfare
Total Credits 9