The child advocacy minor engages students in the study of issues important to children, especially the problems children face regarding physical and emotional health, material support, social relationships, and educational needs. It explores three components of child advocacy: 1) child development, 2) the family and other social contexts affecting children, and 3) social, educational and legal strategies for advocacy on children's behalf.

interdisciplinary, 5 courses

The minor consists of five courses, from at least two divisions, with no more than three courses from any one department. The five courses must include one Development core course, one Family or other Social context core course, and one Strategies for Child Advocacy core course. The remaining two courses may be selected from other core course options or from the electives. The five courses selected for the minor must reflect a cohesive theme. Examples of possible themes are Children at Risk, Children in Poverty, or Urban Education. Three of the five courses must be unique to the minor.

Core Courses


  • EDUC 202 Human Growth and Development
  • EDUC 203 Children with Disabilities
  • EDUC 336 Special Topics: Disability & Transition: Life after High School
  • PSY 203 Introduction to Child Psychology
  • PSY 205 Adolescent Psychology
  • PSY 370 Topics in Developmental Psychology

Family and Other Social Contexts

  • ANTH 230 Beyond Monogamy
  • ANTH 341/441 Making Babies
  • ECON 310 Economics and Gender
  • EDUC 201 Schooling and Social Equality
  • EDUC 302 Disability in China
  • EDUC 332 Disability, Family, and Society
  • EDUC 338 Inclusive Schooling
  • SOC 225 Sociology of the Family
  • SOC 263 Juvenile Delinquency
  • WRRH 206 Immigrant Experiences: Voices and Discourses

Strategies for Child Advocacy

  • ALST 200 Ghettoscapes
  • ECON 122 Economics of Caring
  • ECON 248 Poverty and Welfare
  • EDUC 306 Technology and Children with Disabilities
  • EDUC 307 Civil Rights Education
  • EDUC 333 Literacy
  • EDUC 336 Special Topics: Self Determination in Education
  • SOC 290 Sociology of Community
  • Service-learning courses, individually designed course equivalents or the Boston and Geneva Collaborative Internships may count toward the advocacy core with permission of the child advocacy minor advisor.


  • EDUC 222 Understanding Autism
  • EDUC 370 Multiculturalism
  • HIST 208 Women in American History
  • PEHR 215 Teaching for Change
  • POL 236 Urban Politics and Public Policy
  • POL 333 Civil Rights
  • POL 375 Feminist Legal Theory
  • PPOL 364 Social Policy and Community Activism
  • SOC 258 Social Problems

Other liberal arts courses or one independent study course (with appropriate departmental prefix) may count as electives with permission of the child advocacy minor advisor.


Lilian Sherman
Assistant Professor
100B Merritt Hall
(315) 781-3628     

Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.