Students choose to minor in Childhood Studies for a variety of reasons: Biology or English majors who may wish to become teachers someday, Criminal Justice or Sociology majors who want to focus on youth services, Nursing students with an eye on pediatrics or adolescent medicine, or Business majors who would like to contribute to foundations, non-profits or organizations that serve children and youth. 

The minor draws on many disciplines including Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, English, History, Religion, Economics and Biology. Childhood Studies provides instruction and information to those directly responsible for ministering to children’s needs and formulating policies affecting their lives and futures and equips individuals to make informed decisions concerning children and youth.

All are welcome to explore this minor that offers students maximal flexibility within our interdisciplinary program.

Declaring a Childhood Studies Minor

You may declare a minor at any time.

Core Program Requirements (18 credits)

Required Course (3 credits)

50:163:101 Introduction to Childhood Studies (3) This course examines provides students with an understanding of childhood as an historical and social phenomenon and addresses various, contemporary issues such as children’s rights, morality, child labor, consumerism and children and the internet.

Elective Courses (15 credits, with a minimum of six credits in Childhood Studies)

Elective coursework may range across disciplines; however, a minimum of six credits must be taken in the Childhood Studies department. Any Childhood Studies (163) course may be applied to the minor. If they wish, students may choose other courses focused on children and youth – including courses from the list below – from a variety of departments. If you have a question about a course not on this list, please contact the Undergraduate Program Coordinator in Childhood Studies.

  • 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, call the Department of Childhood Studies at (856)225-6741 for an adviser.