Childhood Studies Program
615 Crawford Hall
Anastasia Dimitropoulos, Director, Schubert Center for Child Studies
The Childhood Studies Program is an 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 enables students to pursue interests in parenting, child development, gender, the life course, and the place of children in society and culture.
For students interested in exploring historical and contemporary U.S. policy and how it impacts children, young people, and families, the program offers a unique curriculum through the Child Policy Pathway. This specialization begins with CHST 301 Public Policy in Child Development, a foundational course that introduces students to central public policy issues, basic principles of policy research, policy analysis, research-informed policy development, and advocacy. The Pathway also offers an experiential learning course on policy-making that includes a trip to Washington, D.C., and an externship at a local organization—a hands-on opportunity to work directly with professionals who design and implement policies that impact the lives of children and their families.
Policy areas of focus include:
- Child poverty and family economic asset-building
- Educational disparities and student supports
- Physical, mental, and social determinants of health
- Child welfare and well-being
- Legal systems and juvenile justice
While the Childhood Studies Program and Minor are situated in the College of Arts and Sciences, children and childhood are a focus of research and teaching in units throughout the university, including the School of Medicine; the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences; the School of Law; the School of Dental Medicine; and the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.
The Childhood Studies Program is associated with the Schubert Center for Child Studies, which bridges research, practice, policy, and education for the well-being of children and adolescents. The Center sponsors research, lectures, and programs on children and childhood and provides opportunities for student involvement in research, education, and policy.
Gabriella Celeste, JD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology; Policy Director, Schubert Center for Child Studies; Co-Director and Minor Advisor, Childhood Studies Program
Anastasia Dimitropoulos, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences; Director, Schubert Center for Child Studies; Co-Director and Minor Advisor, Childhood Studies Program
Jill E. Korbin, PhD
Lucy Adams Leffingwell Professor, Department of Anthropology; Senior Advisor, Schubert Center for Child Studies; Co-Director and Minor Advisor, Childhood Studies Program
Sonia Minnes, PhD
Professor, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences; Research Director, Schubert Center for Child Studies
Elizabeth Short, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences; Co-Director and Minor Advisor, Childhood Studies Program
The undergraduate minor in Childhood Studies is built on a foundation in the social sciences. It is also suited, however, to students interested in exploring childhood from the perspectives of the natural sciences, the humanities, or the arts. The minor requires a minimum of 15 hours of course work; the courses must be taken in at least two different departments.
The courses listed below are accepted toward the minor. Other courses may be accepted with approval from the program advisors.
|ANTH 306||The Anthropology of Childhood and the Family||3|
|ANTH 399||Independent Study||1 - 6|
|CHST 301/ANTH 305/POSC 382A||Public Policy in Child Development||3|
|CHST 302/ANTH 307||Experiential Learning in Child Policy||3|
|CHST 398/ANTH 308||Child Policy Externship||3|
|CHST/ANTH/PSCL 398C||Child Policy Externship and Capstone||3|
|CHST 399||Independent Study||1 - 6|
|COSI 313||Language Development||3|
|EDUC 304||Educational Psychology||3|
|ENGL 369||Children's Literature||3|
|HSTY 387||Growing Up in America: 1607 - 2000||3|
|MUED 391||Music in Early Childhood||3|
|NTRN 328||Child Nutrition, Development and Health||3|
|NURS 315||Parents and Neonates in Health and Illness||4.5|
|NURS 316||Infants, Children, and Adolescents in Health and Illness||4.5|
|NURS 356||Nursing Care of Critically Ill Neonates, Infants, and Children||8|
|PSCL 230||Child Psychology||3|
|PSCL 334C||Seminar and Practicum: Hospitalized Children||3|
|PSCL 335C||Seminar and Practicum: Hospitalized Child *||3|
|PSCL 344||Developmental Psychopathology||3|
|PSCL 379||Neurodevelopmental Disabilities||3|
|PSCL 393||Experimental Child Psychology||3|
|PSCL 397||Independent Study||1 - 3|
|SASS 315||Adoption Practice and Policy||3|
|SASS 355||Drugs and Youth||3|
|SASS 368||Whatever it Takes: Creating Paths Out of Poverty for Children||3|
|SASS 375D||International Travel & Study Abroad: Child Welfare in Guatemala||3|
|SASS 390||Independent Study for Undergraduates||1 - 3|
|SOCI 320||Delinquency and Juvenile Justice||3|
|SOCI 361||The Life Course||3|
|SOCI 375||Independent Study||1 - 3|
|Independent studies or one-time course offerings approved by the program advisors are also accepted toward the minor.|
* No more than four hours of practicum experience can count toward the minor.
NOTE: Students may count up to six of the hours they complete for the Childhood Studies minor toward a major in another field. If they are pursuing more than one major, they may count up to six hours toward each one.
CHST 301. Public Policy in Child Development. 3 Units.
This course introduces students to issues in public policy that impact children and families. Local, state, and federal child policy will be considered, and topics will include, for example, policies related to child poverty, education, child welfare, juvenile justice, and children's physical and mental health. Students will learn how policy is developed, how research informs policy and vice versa, and a framework for analyzing social policy. Recommended preparation: One social sciences course or consent.
Offered as ANTH 305, CHST 301, and POSC 382A.
CHST 302. Experiential Learning in Child Policy. 3 Units.
Focus on state and federal legislative policy impacting children, youth, and families. Course includes an experiential learning component at the state or federal level and a travel experience to either Columbus, OH or Washington, DC to learn firsthand how policy is formed. Students may take this course twice for credit.
Offered as ANTH 307 and CHST 302.
CHST 398. Child Policy Externship. 3 Units.
Externships offered through CHST 398/ANTH 308 give students an opportunity to work directly with professionals who design and implement policies that impact the lives of children and their families. Agencies involved are active in areas such as public health, including behavioral health, education. juvenile justice, childcare and/or child welfare. Students apply for the externships, and selected students are placed in local public or nonprofit agencies with a policy focus. Each student develops an individualized learning plan in consultation with the Childhood Studies Program faculty and the supervisor in the agency. CHST 398/ANTH 308 is a 3 credit-hour course and may be taken twice for a total of 6 credit hours.
Offered as CHST 398 and ANTH 308.
Prereq: CHST 301.
CHST 398C. Child Policy Externship and Capstone. 3 Units.
Externships offered through CHST/ANTH/PSCL 398C give students an opportunity to work directly with professionals who design and implement policies that impact the lives of children and their families. Agencies involved are active in areas such as public health, including behavioral health, education, juvenile justice, childcare and/or child welfare. Students apply for the externships, and selected students are placed in local public or nonprofit agencies with a policy focus. Each student develops an individualized learning plan in consultation with the Childhood Studies Program faculty and the supervisor in the agency.
Offered as CHST 398C, ANTH 398C, and PSCL 398C. Counts as SAGES Senior Capstone.
Prereq: CHST 301.
CHST 399. Independent Study. 1 - 6 Units.
Students propose topics for independent reading and research.