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.

Catalog Year: 2024-2025


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, Garcia-Gomez, Garner (director), Shadur

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Minor Requirements

Total credits: 16-17

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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

A maximum of 4 credits may be applied to the minor.


Select three courses from the following: 9
Children and Media
Youth and Conflict
Delinquency and the Juvenile Justice System
Family Law and the Justice System
ECED 201
Introduction to Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners
ECED 405
Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education
EDSE 469
Individualized Supports and Specialized Care of Students with Severe Disabilities
Human Growth and Development
Human Development, Learning, and Teaching
ELED 258
Children's Literature for Teaching in Diverse Settings (Mason Core)
ELED 443
Children, Family, Culture, and Schools, Ages 4-12
The Hospitalized Child and Family
Contemporary Youth Studies (Mason Core)
Parent-Child Relations (Mason Core)
Youth, Music, Social Change
Youth Resistance and Advocacy
PHED 360
Sport Based Youth Development
Lifespan Development (Mason Core)
Child Development
Adolescent Development
Behavior Disorders of Childhood
Sociology of Delinquency
Contemporary Families and Intimate Relationships
Youth Culture and Society (Mason Core)
Child and Family Welfare
Total Credits 9