The bachelor degree in Childhood Studies prepares practitioners and beginning scholars to understand childhood in interdisciplinary contexts. Graduates have the analytical skills necessary to work effectively with children, an appreciation of the diversity of paths through childhood and adolescence, and a commitment to the welfare of children throughout the world. Students interested in working in Early Childhood programs as certified teachers or administrators may choose to concentrate in Early Childhood Education. A combined BA/MA option is also available for qualified students.
Students seeking to obtain the Bachelor of Arts of Childhood Studies must be admitted to the Camden College of Arts and Sciences or to University College, Camden. The process for admission into these colleges is described here.
Declaring a Childhood Studies Major
Once enrolled, undergraduate students may choose to declare themselves as majoring in Childhood Studies by going to the Registrar’s office (1st floor, Armitage Building) and indicating their choice. At that point, students should contact the Childhood Studies secretary, Sandra Hill, at ude.sregtur.nedmacnull@llihdnas or 856-225-6741, to set up an appointment with a department adviser.
Please read the following information carefully:
Fall 2010 entering students and all future students
All students entering Rutgers University (including transfer students) from the Fall 2010 semester forward who are interested in majoring in Childhood Studies or who will declare their Childhood Studies major at any point after Spring 2010, will follow the curriculum listed below (this is for the general BA degree; the requirements for the ECE concentration remain the same).
All other CS majors
If you are already a Childhood Studies major you will continue to follow the curriculum in place when you first declared your major (scroll down to find those requirements).
There are no changes to the Childhood Studies minor requirements.
The new Childhood Studies curriculum requires that in addition to the Introduction to Childhood Studies and the Senior Seminar, students will complete coursework in three content and/or skills areas: Childhood in Global and Intercultural Contexts (6 credits), Childhood and Social Institutions (3 credits) and Methods in Childhood Studies (6 credits). In addition, Childhood Studies majors will take 15 credit hours of electives from a wide variety of courses that span many different departments, including (but not limited to) Psychology, Sociology, English, History and Criminal Justice.
Core Program Requirements for the 2010 curriculum (36 credits)
a) Required Courses (21 credits)
Introduction to Childhood Studies (3 credits)
(i) Introduction to Childhood Studies (163:101)
Children in Global and Intercultural Contexts (6 credits)
(ii) Children and Migration (163:370) OR Youth Identities and Urban Ecology (163:383)
AND History of Youth (163:320) OR Youth in a New Nation (163:325) OR Children’s Books and Illustrations (163:360) OR Literature of Childhood (350:360) OR Young Adult Literature (163:361)
Childhood and Social Institutions (3 credits)
(iii) Urban Education (163:382) OR Service Learning in Childhood Studies (163:481/491)
Methods in Childhood Studies (6 credits)
(iv) Statistics (830:250 OR 960:183 OR 960:283) AND Understanding Childhood Through Statistics (163:460)
Senior Seminar (3 credits)
(v) Senior Seminar (163:480)
b) Electives (15 credits)
Elective coursework must be on topics related to children and childhood. Your elective coursework should range across disciplines and not be confined to one department. Courses of interest that may be applied to a minor in Childhood Studies include any Childhood Studies course (all 163 numbers) and the following courses:
(i) Any Childhood Studies course not counted above
(ii) A variety of upper-level courses (300 +) on topics related to children or childhood, including, but not limited to
- Juvenile Justice (202:322)
- Family Ethics (840:340)
- Sociology of the Family (920:306)
- Psychology of Childhood (830:226)
- Psychology of Adolescence (830:326)
- Childhood and Culture (070:308)
- Sociology of Childhood and Adolescence (920:323)
- Educational Psychology (830:301)
- Family and Gender in Historical Perspectives (512:371)
- American Child in Literature (352:347)
- Literary Constructions of Childhood (350:361)
- Children’s Literature in Print and Film (350:362)
For questions pertaining to the Childhood Studies major or minor please contact the Department of Childhood Studies (856-225-6741) for an adviser.
a) Required Courses (9 credits)
i) Introduction to Childhood Studies
ii) Statistics I
iii) Senior Seminar in Childhood Studies
b) Social Science Concentration (9 credits)
i) Psychology –Or- Sociology/Anthropology (This means that students must either complete the three psychology classes identified below OR the three sociology/anthropology classes identified below).
(a) Introduction to Psychology
(b) Method and Theory
(c) Psychology of Childhood –Or- Psychology of Adolescence
(a) Introduction to Sociology
(b) Method and Techniques of Social Research
(c) Childhood and Culture –OR– Childhood and Adolescence
c) Humanities Concentration (9 credits)
i) English –Or– History (This means that students must either complete the three English classes identified below OR the three History classes identified below).
(a) Critical Methods in English
(b) Literature of Childhood
(c) Literature of Adolescence –Or- American Child in Literature and Culture
(d) -OR- Literary Constructions of Childhood
(a) Perspectives on History
(b) Family and Gender in Historical Perspective
(c) History of Childhood in America
d) Electives (9 credits)
(1) Three upper division courses on topics related to childhood or children.