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.

Declaring a Childhood Studies Major

Students may declare themselves as a major in Childhood Studies by going to the Office of the Registrar (bottom floor (basement), Armitage Hall Building) and indicating their choice.  Once declared, new majors should review the department’s Advising page and contact their faculty advisor to set up an appointment.

Childhood Studies Curriculum (36 credits)

The 36 credit total is comprised of 21 required credits and 15 elective credits. 

Required credits include: Introduction to Childhood Studies (3) and the Senior Seminar (3), as well as coursework in three content areas: Childhood in Global and Intercultural Contexts (6), Childhood and Social Institutions (3), and Methods in Childhood Studies (6). 

In addition to these required credits, Childhood Studies majors will take an additional 15 credit hours of electives, 6 of which must come for Childhood Studies (163) courses.  Any coursework done in Childhood Studies beyond the required credits may count toward elective credits.  Additional approved courses from a wide variety of departments, including (but not limited to) Psychology, Sociology, English, History and Criminal Justice, are listed below.

The department has also created a worksheet to help you keep track of your progress through the Childhood Studies major. You can print the Childhood Studies worksheet here. If you fill in your sheet as best as you are able, and write down any remaining questions that you have, we’ll be much better able to help.

Required Credits (21 credits)

Introduction to Childhood Studies 163:101 (3 credits) — must be successfully completed before enrolling in the Senior Seminar.

Senior Seminar in Childhood Studies 163:480  (3 credits)

Children in Global and Intercultural Contexts (6 credits)
One of the following:

  • Children and Migration (163:370)
  • Global Childhoods (163:370)
  • Ethnographies of Childhood (163:372)
  • Youth Identities and Urban Ecology (163:383)

And one of the following:

  • History of Youth (163:320)
  • Youth in a New Nation (163:325)
  • Kids’ Media Cultures (163:350)
  • Children’s Books and Illustrations (163:360)
  • Young Adult Literature (163:361)
  • Children’s Literacies (163:362)

Childhood and Social Institutions (3 credits)

One of the following:

  • Child Health and Disparities (163:250)
  • Urban Education (163:382) 
  • Gender and Education (163:382)
  • Children’s Geographies (163:388)
  • Service Learning in Childhood Studies (163:481/491)

Methods in Childhood Studies (6 credits)

  • Statistics 830:250, 960:183 or 960:283
  • Understanding Childhood Through Statistics (163:460)

Elective Credits (15 credits)

Any Childhood Studies (163) course that is not being counted toward course requiements above may count as an elective. You may also choose to take courses related to children and childhood offered in other programs and departments.  Note:  At least 6 of your elective credits must come from Childhood Studies (courses with a 163 number).   Below is a comprehensive, but not exaustive, list of approved elective course offerings.  If you find a course that you believe fits the criteria for the major, please discuss it with your advisor and seek approval before you take the class. Courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

  • Child Health and Disparities (163:250)
  • Children’s Rights (163:260)
  • Childood and Disabilities (163:270)
  • Children and War (163:275)
  • Childhood and Play: Theories and Practices (163:280)
  • History of Youth (163:320)
  • Youth in a New Nation (163:325)
  • Kids’ Media Cultures (163:350)
  • Toy Design (163:351)
  • Developing MInds and Bodies (163:352)
  • Childrens Books and Illustration (163:360)
  • Young Adult Literature (163:361)
  • Children’s Literacies (163:362)
  • Childhood and Migration (163:370)
  • Global Childhoods (163:371)
  • Ethnographies of Childhood (163:372)
  • Special Topics in Childhood Studies (163:380)
  • Special Topics in Childhood Studies (163:381)
  • Urban Education (163:382)
  • Youth Identities and Urban Ecology (163:383)
  • Gender and Education (163:384)
  • Special Topics in Childhood Studies:  Health Disparities in Children(163:386)
  • Special Topics in Childhood Studies (163:387)
  • Children’s Geographies (163:388)
  • Observation and Assessment in ECE (163:391)
  • Design of Child Environment (163:392)
  • Social and Emotional Development (163:394)
  • Directors’ Academy (163:395) (4 credits)
  • Leadership Practicum* (163:396)
  • Management in ECE* (163:397)
  • Staff Supervision * (163:398)
  • Directed Readings (163:400)
  • Understanding Childhood Through Statistics (163:460)
  • Child Wellbeing (163:481) (4 credits)
  • Service Learning in Childhood Studies 2 (163:491)
  • Advanced Research (163:495) 
  • 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)
  • Education in America (512:230)