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

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

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 must be on topics related to children and childhood. Make sure to check each semester’s current schedule for the courses being offered.  Courses of interest that may be applied to your major include any Childhood Studies (163) course that is not being counted toward the required courses (all courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted), including:

  • Introduction to Childhood Studies (163:101) 
  • 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)
  • Senior Seminar in Childhood Studies (163:480)
  • Child Wellbeing (163:481) (4 credits)
  • Service Learning in Childhood Studies 2 (163:491)
  • Advanced Research (163:495

Your elective coursework may range across disciplines and not be confined to one department. Below is a comprehensive, but not exhaustive, list of 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. Note: at least two of your elective courses must come from Childhood Studies (courses with a 163 number).

  • 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)


For questions pertaining to the Childhood Studies major or minor, call the Department of Childhood Studies at (856)225-6741 for an adviser.