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The interdisciplinary minor is designed for students who have a child-related focus in their major and for those who want to explore the topic of childhood. This minor focuses on the study of issues concerning children and their representations, including their experiences in society within historical and contemporary cultures and global contexts. The curriculum fosters thinking about childhood theory, research, policy and the practical applications of this knowledge to decisions regarding children and youth. The minor provides enough flexibility for students to choose relevant courses in keeping with their primary interests.


Dunne, Garner (director)


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must earn a minimum grade of 2.00 in all courses applied to the minor. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: CHDS

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 16

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

Three to four credits of3-4
Images and Experiences of Childhood: Social Construct, Literature, and Film 1
INTS 316Introduction to Childhood Studies (Mason Core)4
Total Credits7-8


Select three courses from the following:9
Family Law and the Justice System
Human Growth and Development
Human Development, Learning, and Teaching (Mason Core)
Contemporary Youth Studies (Mason Core)
Parent-Child Relations (Mason Core)
Developmental Psychology (Mason Core)
Child Development
Adolescent Development
Behavior Disorders of Childhood
Sociology of Delinquency
Marriage, Families, and Intimate Life
Youth Culture and Society
Child and Family Welfare
Total Credits9