Current Programs in North America

Antioch University Los Angeles

Antioch University Los Angeles

Culver City, California

https://www.antiochla.edu/academics/ma-psychology/specializations/child-studies

Child Studies Specialization (within the M.A. in Psychology): “The Child Studies Specialization prepares students in state-of-the-art assessment, diagnosis, and effective interventions with young children, school-age children, and adolescents. In addition to the now-traditional approaches to interventions with children and teens (play therapy and family therapy), the Child Studies Specialization emphasizes both scientific and humanistic perspectives, and supports evidence-based practice in the context of a flexible and integrative multi-modal, multicultural, and multi-systemic approach. Our vision is to approach understanding and healing children and teens by focusing our efforts on the whole child and children’s multiple ecologies: family, peers, school, spirituality, neighborhood, and community.”

George Bermudez, Director
Phone: (310) 578-1080, ext. 305
Email: gbermudez@antioch.edu

Brock University

Brock University

St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

https://brocku.ca/social-sciences/programs#CHYS

B.A./M.A. Child and Youth Studies: “Students in Child and Youth Studies have the opportunity to learn about young people from many perspectives, through differing research approaches, and across diverse topics. Our courses cover such areas as peer cultures, bullying, learning disabilities, exceptionalities, autism, children’s rights, gender and sexuality, globalization, and cross-cultural understandings of childhood and youth.”

Dawn Zinga, Department Chair and Associate Professor
(905) 688-5550, ext. 3152
Email: dzinga@brocku.ca

Brooklyn College

Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, New York

https://brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/academics/schools/socialsciences/interdisciplinary/undergraduate/childrens.php

B.A., Concentration, or Minor in Children and Youth Studies: “The Brooklyn College Children and Youth Studies Program, with an interdisciplinary faculty from the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, education, and related academic areas, provides interdisciplinary perspectives on the individual experiences, social conditions, and rights of children and youth in historical and present contexts. Furthermore, the program aims to understand these complex experiences and conditions in global, national, and local contexts by integrating course content with field-based curricula and research. Through these efforts, the Children and Youth Studies program supports the college’s larger mission to provide a superior Liberal Arts and Science education as well as promote applied and practitioner based skills. This combined focus on academic and applied content prepares students to participate in and contribute to a variety of child and youth related fields.”

Jeremy Porter, Director
Email: jporter@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Children and Youth Studies Program
Phone: (718) 951-3192
Email: childrensstudies@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Bucknell University

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

https://coursecatalog.bucknell.edu/collegeofartsandsciencescurricula/areasofstudy/childrensstudiesminor/

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.”

Chris Boyatzis, Coordinator
Phone: (570) 577-1696
Email: boyatzis@bucknell.edu

Lori Smolleck, Coordinator
Phone: (570) 577-3458
Email: lsmollec@bucknell.edu

Case Western Reserve University, Schubert Center for Child Studies

Case Western Reserve University, Schubert Center for Child Studies

Cleveland, Ohio

http://schubert.case.edu/education/childhood-studies-minor/

Childhood Studies Minor: “The Childhood Studies Minor in the College of Arts and Sciences is an exciting educational opportunity for undergraduate students interested in a wide array of issues concerning children and the experience of childhood. This interdisciplinary minor focuses on the life stages of infancy through adolescence and incorporates interests in child policy, parenting, gender, the life course, and the place of children in society and culture.”

Elizabeth Short, Advisor for the Childhood Studies program
Email: short@case.edu

Gabriella Celeste, JD, Director of the Child Policy
Email: celeste@case.edu

Christopher Newport University

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, Virginia

https://cnu.edu/english/minors/

Childhood Studies Minor (in the Department of English):

“Christopher Newport University offers a multi-disciplinary minor in childhood studies for undergraduates and a certificate program for practitioners in the community. The program is designed to meet the following student goals:

  1. Provide a body of knowledge about children and adolescents combined with skills obtained from the student’s major discipline to prepare for careers in social work, counseling, administrative positions in community programs for children and adolescents, juvenile justice programs, and others.
  2. To serve as a minor for the student who has no career goals in the field but has an interest in the study of childhood. Any of the courses may be taken without commitment to the entire program.”

Kara Keeling, Director
Phone: (757) 594-7952
Email: kkeeling@cnu.edu

Eastern Washington University

Eastern Washington University

Cheney, Washington

https://www.ewu.edu/csbssw/programs/childrens-studies.xml

B.A. in Children’s Studies/Concentration Areas in Research; Program Development; Early Childhood Education: “The curriculum of this interdisciplinary program provides a strong holistic background in the study of children, from birth to adolescence. Theory and practice, from the disciplines of sociology, psychology, and education, form the basis for this integrated curriculum. Children’s studies courses provide foundational and global perspectives of children and childhood. A choice of concentration areas, culminating in a capstone experience and a senior portfolio, allows students to connect effectively with specific career opportunities.”

Children’s Studies
Phone: (509) 359-4826
Email: mhowes2@ewu.edu

Dr. Deanna Trella, Director
Phone: (509) 359-4828
Email: dtrella@ewu.edu

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Madison, New Jersey

http://view2.fdu.edu/academics/becton-college/minors/childrens-studies/

Children’s Studies Interdisciplinary Minor: “The children’s studies minor provides students with a multidisciplinary understanding of childhood in human society. Using the disciplinary perspectives of literature, psychology, and sociology, and anthropology, the minor grounds students in an understanding of childhood as preparation for employment in child services and advocacy, or advanced study in the fields of education, literature, psychology, sociology and anthropology.”

David Rosen, Contact
Phone: (973) 443-8724
Email: rosen@fdu.edu

George Mason University, New Century College

George Mason University, New Century College

Fairfax, Virginia

https://ncc.gmu.edu/programs/la-minor-nc-chds

Minor in Childhood Studies: “The minor in childhood studies 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.”

Pamela Watkins Garner, Contact
Phone: (703) 993-4599
Email: pgarner1@gmu.edu

Hampshire College

Hampshire College

Amherst, Massachusetts

https://www.hampshire.edu/academics/index_cyl.htm

Critical Studies of Childhood, Youth, and Learning Program: “The Critical Studies of Childhood, Youth, and Learning Program is an interdisciplinary academic program connecting students, faculty, staff, and the larger community. CYL promotes critical thinking about how children and youth grow, change, create, and learn in the context of larger social structures and cultural practices.

We respect young people as participants in artistic, educational, cultural, and social communities. We dispute traditional paradigms of knowledge production that view children solely as objects of adult values and practices. Rather, we consider the multifaceted identities of children and youth and affirm them as narrators of their own experiences, as social theorists in their own right, and as teachers as well as learners.

We believe that learning occurs in many spaces. For this reason, we conceive of education broadly and consider children’s lives over their days and through the years. We believe that efforts to address the education and well-being of children and youth must be grounded in the complexity that exists across individuals, families, classrooms, schools, communities, and other learning contexts.

Our courses, projects, events, and community-engaged learning opportunities incorporate the integration of methodologies, disciplines, and perspectives. We believe that sharing diverse ideas, practices, and knowledge strengthens our capacity to act thoughtfully and passionately in the world. We support collaborations that enhance our educational endeavors, explore and advance research, theory, and practice, and respect the goals of our community partners. These efforts challenge our assumptions and compel us to innovate and develop habits of critical inquiry that inform our understanding and interactions with young people and the significant adults in their lives.”

Melissa Burch, CYL Director
Phone: (413) 559-5465
Email: mburch@hampshire.edu

Beth Mattison, CYL Assistant Director
Phone: (413) 559-5613
Email: emattison@hampshire.edu

Humber College

Humber College

Tornoto, Ontario, Canada

https://communityservices.humber.ca/programs/child-and-youth-care-bachelor-of-arts.html

BA of Child and Youth Care: “Humber’s Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree program provides you with the knowledge and skills required for in-depth work with children, youth and community development. Your program will be based on the professional practice of child and youth care supported by the disciplines of psychology, sociology, community development, political science and education. The curriculum focuses on the theory and research of relational practice: building relationships to support children and youth in crisis or going through change.”

Katherine Sloss, Program Coordinator
Phone: (416) 675-6622, ext. 79270
Email: sloss@humber.ca

Illinois State University

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois

https://childrensstudies.illinoisstate.edu/

Minor in Children’s Studies (Department of English): “The Children’s Studies minor at Illinois State University was established in 2003 to educate future professionals who are interested in concepts of childhood and/or will be working with children. The program utilizes interdisciplinary approaches to understanding children and concepts of childhood. Core courses include child development and the history of the American family. Students also take courses in Humanities/Fine Arts and the Social Sciences so that they can learn various approaches to both the study of childhood and how children are represented in and participate in the arts.”

Roberta Seelinger Trites, Director
Email: seeling@ilstu.edu

Iowa State University

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

https://www.hdfs.hs.iastate.edu/undergraduate-majors/cfs/

B.S. in Child, Adult and Family Services: “As communities adapt to changing statewide and national demographics, the Child, Adult, and Family Services major will prepare you to work with people from the very young to the very old. You will help them learn skills and strategies in education, child care, youth development, family interaction, conflict resolution, and addiction/abuse treatment. For individuals and families facing life’s challenge, such as alcohol or substance abuse, immigration, family conflict, and death, finding support can be difficult. Students graduating with a degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services are trained to help people of all ages cope and conquer obstacles in order to lead a better, more fulfilling life.”

Carl Weems, Professor and Chair, Human Development and Family Studies
Phone: (515) 294-9659
Email: cweems@iastate.edu

Pat Walsh, HDFS Academic Advising Coordinator
Phone: (515) 294-8193
Email: pwalsh@iastate.edu

King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario

King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario

London, Ontario, Canada

https://www.kings.uwo.ca/academics/childhood-and-social-institutions/

Childhood & Social Institutions: Area of Concentration (three-year B.A.); Honors B.A.; Combined Honors program: “This is the only interdisciplinary program of its kind in Canada.  It combines a unique focus on identifying often overlooked child competencies, a constructive questioning of existing understandings of childhood, and an exploration of the implications of the changing status of children and childhood in Canada and internationally.  We take a critical view of the social institutions around childhood – the home, the school, the legal system, the educational system, etc.  Students will engage with a variety of courses which offer opportunities to deepen their knowledge in the area and will gain skills in critical thinking and social and historical analysis as well as understanding how childhood is experienced by children.  Issues around children’s rights and children’s agency are a prominent feature of our courses.”

Patrick Ryan, Chair
Phone: (519) 433-3491, ext. 4442
Email: pryan2@uwo.ca

Lesley University

Lesley University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

https://www.lesley.edu/bachelor-of-arts/child-studies/

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Children, Youth, and Families: “Discover how race and ethnicity, gender, class, and culture shape families and communities and affect children’s learning and growth. And gain insights that will prepare you to be an advocate for youth and families in need.

Explore the factors that influence family patterns and human development from infancy onward. Through the lenses of community, culture, and society, you’ll focus on children, adolescents, emerging adults, or families. You’ll investigate theories from psychology and sociology. While examining the social institutions, structures, and processes that affect youth, you’ll conduct social science research on issues that matter to you.

But your hands-on learning won’t end there. Through Lesley’s internship program, you’ll gain real-life experience in settings throughout Great Boston. Our Early Intervention specialization will prepare you for working with children with special needs and their families, while our Teaching Infants and Toddlers track can help you obtain certification to teach in early childhood settings.

General Contact
Phone: (617) 349-8800

Missouri Western State University

Missouri Western State University

St. Joseph, Missouri

https://www.missouriwestern.edu/childhoodstudies/

Childhood Studies Minor: “Missouri Western State University offers an interdisciplinary minor in Childhood Studies. This minor is intended for those students who have child-related emphases in their major disciplines, such as juvenile delinquency, child psychology, or pediatrics, or for those who simply wish to learn more about the subject of childhood. The minor will also provide a foundation of study for those students who intend to go on to professional or graduate school in order to study in child-related areas.”

Mike Cadden, Director
Phone: (816) 271-4576
Email: cadden@missouriwestern.edu

Montclair State University

Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ

https://www.montclair.edu/cehs/academics/departments/fcs/

B.A. in Family and Child Studies/Concentrations in Families, Children, and School Settings; Family Services; Gerontology; M.A. in Family and Child Studies; Ph.D. in Family Studies: “The Family and Child Studies Department provides students with a greater understanding of multiple ways of knowing families and children in various contexts. It enables students to critically analyze the literature and to keep abreast of trends in research. The faculty creates a learning environment that supports and encourages the development of forward thinking practitioners and educators who work with families and children in a variety of setting.”

General Contact
Phone: (973) 655-4171

Katia Paz Goldfarb, Department Chair
Phone: (973) 655-4171
Email: goldfarbk@mail.montclair.edu

Lyndal Bee Lian Khaw, MA Coordinator
Phone: (973) 655-3006
Email: khawl@mail.montclair.edu

Bradley van Eeden-Moorefield, PhD in Family Studies Coordinator
Phone: (973) 655-4440
Email: phdfamily@montclair.edu

Mount Royal University

Mount Royal University

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

https://www.mtroyal.ca/ProgramsCourses/FacultiesSchoolsCentres/…

B.A. in Child Studies, with “Child & Youth Care Counsellor” and “Early Learning & Child Care” streams: “With a unique approach to Child Studies, Mount Royal’s distinctive four-year program emphasizes experiential learning in early learning or child and youth care while providing theoretical foundation and valuable hands-on learning opportunities in- and outside the classroom. Going beyond traditional program offerings, the BCST focuses on creating experienced and well-rounded graduates, who are prepared to become strong advocates for children and youth in the community, or pursue further education at a graduate school level.”

General Contact
Phone: (403) 440-5968

Angie Smith Academic Advisor
Phone: (403) 440-8906
Email: asmith@mtroyal.ca

Pat Kostouros, BCST Coordinator-Child and Youth Care Counselor Major
Phone: (403) 440-6440
Email: pkostouros@mtroyal.ca

Susan Garrow-Oliver, BCST Coordinator-Early Learning and Child Care Major
Phone: (403) 440-5003
Email: sgarrow@mtroyal.ca

Post University

Post University

Waterbury, Connecticut

https://www.post.edu/maincampus/chs.shtml

B.S. in Child Studies: “You’ve seen firsthand the positive impact of education on young children, and you want to lead and help them be successful in school. As a child studies major at Post University, you will prepare for a new position or promotion in private and state-funded centers, early care and early education centers, departments of social services, family resources centers, children’s museums, or recreation centers. This program will prepare you to work with children birth through age 8 in private settings. Many of our graduates go on to pursue their master’s degree at Post University for further career advancement to head teacher or program-level administrator.

Deborah Watson, Advisor Contact
Phone: 591-7302
Email: dwatson@post.edu

St. Bonaventure University

St. Bonaventure University

St. Bonaventure, NY

http://www.sbu.edu/academics/childhood-studies

B.S. in Childhood Studies: “The undergraduate major in childhood studies is designed for students who want to develop knowledge and skills necessary for careers working with children and families in a wide variety of settings.

Childhood studies majors develop skills that are valued in the work force, including those that focus on child development from multiple perspectives, such as an understanding of typically developing children, special needs children and the needs of young children; an understanding of planning and organization of programs; and a strong emphasis on collaboration and community involvement.”

Christine A. Hunt, Department Chair
Phone: (716) 375-2315
Email: chunt@sbu.edu

Saint Vincent College

Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, Pennsylvania

https://www.stvincent.edu/academics/majors-and-programs/childrens-studieshttp

Minor in Children’s Studies: “The minor in Children’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program of study inspired by the work of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media. The minor seeks to enhance students’ understanding of children from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, providing students with a broad-based examination of childhood grounded in the tradition of the liberal arts.

Mary Beth Spore, Dean
Phone: (724) 805-2950, Ext. 2950
Email: marybeth.spore@stvincent.edu

UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

https://childrensliterature.uncc.edu/

Minor in Children’s Literature and Childhood Studies (Department of English): “The Minor in Children’s Literature and Childhood Studies (CLCS) provides students with an opportunity to study children’s literature within the context of the interdisciplinary field of childhood studies. The minor recognizes that the academic study of children’s literature is intrinsically linked to other disciplines that focus on particular aspects of childhood. In addition to taking courses in children’s literature, students participating in this minor select courses pertaining to such childrelated topics as language acquisition, child psychology, education, juvenile law, pediatric nursing, and the history and culture of childhood.”

Anita Moss, Contact
Phone: (704) 687-4215
Email: awmoss@uncc.edu

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, California

https://www.usfca.edu/arts-sciences/undergraduate-programs/child-youth-studies

Child and Youth Studies Interdisciplinary Minor: “Child and Youth Studies is an interdisciplinary program that will provide the undergraduate student with a scholarly and experiential understanding of childhood and adolescence. The minor, which is open to all majors, educates students about the physical, psychological, spiritual, social, and cultural aspects of human development during the first 18 years of life. It integrates the many child- and youth-focused courses and service learning experiences across disciplines within the schools and colleges at USF to provide a structured course of study for the undergraduate student interested in learning about children.”

Office of Child and Youth Studies
Phone: (415) 422-5703
Email: athorson@usfca.edu

Vanderbilt University, Peabody College of Education & Human Development

Vanderbilt University, Peabody College of Education & Human Development

Nashville, Tennessee

https://peabody.vanderbilt.edu/departments/psych/undergraduate_programs/child_studies_bs.php

B.S. in Child Studies: “The major is excellent pre-professional preparation for students interested in graduate school in Psychology or Education, in law (e.g., child and family advocacy), or in various health related areas (e.g., medicine, nursing) involving children. It is also appropriate for students who are interested in gaining a broader understanding of children and families in contemporary society.”

https://peabody.vanderbilt.edu/departments/psych/med_in_child_studies/child_studies_faq.php

M.Ed. in Child Studies: “The M.Ed. in Child Studies program offers an interdisciplinary degree through the Department of Psychology and Human Development. Building upon Peabody College’s long tradition of excellence, the program is designed to train knowledgeable practitioners and researchers in a range of fields related to child and adolescent development. Throughout the program, students are encouraged to integrate research, theory, and practice.”

Leigh Wadsworth, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Phone: (615) 322-5566
Email: wadsworth@vanderbilt.edu

Vicki Harris, Director, Child Studies Program
Email: s.harris@vanderbilt.edu

Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri

https://cenhum.artsci.wustl.edu/academics/minor

Children’s Studies Minor (The Center for the Humanities): “In the Children’s Studies Minor, students will learn about children and childhood while drawing on the expertise of faculty from across Washington University. Minors will develop a sophisticated interdisciplinary understanding of childhood and the issues surrounding the treatment and status of children throughout history.”

General Contact
Phone: (314) 935-5576

Wendy Love Anderson, Academic Coordinator for Center for the Humanities, Advisor to Incoming Minors
Email: andersonwl@wustl.edu

Wilfrid Laurier University

Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

https://legacy.wlu.ca/homepage.php?grp_id=13187

Honours B.A. Youth & Children’s Studies; Honours B.A. Youth & Children’s Studies in Combination with another Honours B.A. Program: “What is a child? What is a youth? And what does it mean to be a child or a youth in the contemporary world? Laurier Brantford’s new Honours program in Youth and Children’s Studies uses these questions as the basis for an exploration into the worlds and issues of children and youth.

In order to truly understand children and youth in the 21st century, we need to examine the many worlds they inhabit: school, home, cultural and religious groups, peer groups, neighbourhoods, media communities, and even “brand tribes.” This program looks at children and youth from many different perspectives, using tools from psychology, criminology, media studies, indigenous studies, health studies, literature, and history. The program looks at children and youth not just as objects of academic inquiry, but as subjects and agents in their own right, who engage with and impact the wider world around them.”

General Contact
Phone: (519) 756-8228, ext. 5875

Lisa Wood (Program Coordinator)
Phone: 756-8228, ext.5755
Email: lwood@wlu.ca

York University

York University

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

http://chst.huma.laps.yorku.ca/

Honours B.A. Program; Honours Double Major B.A. Program; Honours Double Major Interdisciplinary B.A. Programs; Honours Major/Minor B.A. Program; Honours Minor B.A. Program: “The Program explores the experiences of children and adult constructions of childhood throughout time and across cultures, adopting a “childist” (child-centered) and children’s rights approach that recognizes children as subjects in their own culture.”

Children’s Studies Program Office
Phone: (416) 736-2100, ext. 33214
Email: lapschst@yorku.ca

Potential Future Programs

Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University

College Station, Texas

Some discussion about developing a certificate in childhood studies (through the Department of English)

https://www.english.tamu.edu/groups-and-activities/working-groups

Critical Childhood Studies Working Group (in the Department of English): “The Critical Childhood Studies Working Group promotes the interdisciplinary interrogation of the figure of the child in the humanities. The purpose of the group is to identify disciplinary assumptions about children and childhood and to theorize the ways in which these assumptions directly and indirectly inform humanistic inquiry. The group is particularly interested in how the figure of the child is deployed to further (and sometimes challenge) the workings of power in cultural practices. The CCS Working Group provides a forum to read and discuss critical texts, to present and engage current research, and to build a community of scholars whose work addresses the child figure.”

Lucia Hodgson, Contact
Email: luciahodgson@tamu.edu

University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Eventual goals of offering Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. degrees in childhood and youth studies; short-term goal of developing a childhood and youth studies minor

Childhood and Youth Studies across the Disciplines Research Collaborative: “The emergent field of Childhood Studies (encompassing pre-adult phases of the life cycle more generally) is developing as an interdisciplinary conversation among a wide range of scholars. The field augments traditional disciplinary scholarship in sociology, history, anthropology, education, psychology, and other fields. Beginning with an understanding of “growing up” as a set of historically-bound practices neither naturally given nor entirely constructed, Childhood Studies traces various connections and processes through which childhood and youth come into being as categories and experiences. Some of the questions that Childhood Studies asks include: How do our conceptions of children govern what we do to/with them? How do these conceptions vary across time and cultures? How do we conceptualize children’s agency at different ages?”

Kysa Hubbard, Contact
Email: khubbard@edu