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.
This major provides students with a strong foundation in the liberal arts. The courses in the major will help students develop expertise in areas such as:
- Child development
- Understanding special needs children
- Planning and preparing programs, events and activities
- Behavior and behavior intervention
- Collaboration with families and community members
Childhood studies majors complete an internship in a community setting during their senior year. The internship is individually designed to meet the career goals of each student. During the internship, the student identifies a problem to be studied, a program to be developed or a collaborative partnership to develop. Students work with university faculty and site supervisors during this internship.
A wide range of career options are open to students completing the major. Sample career paths might be those in areas such as:
Childhood studies majors are encouraged to pursue a minor related to their career goals. Potential minors are: