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The Child Advocacy minor engages students in the study of issues important to children. This includes the circumstances children experience regarding physical and emotional health, material resources, social relationships, education, and rights. It explores three components of child advocacy: 1) child development, 2) the family and other social contexts, and 3) educational, legal, and community-based strategies for advocacy.

interdisciplinary, 5 courses
The minor consists of five courses, with no more than three courses from any one department. The five courses must include one Development core course, one Family and Other Social Contexts 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 two electives 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. All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or higher. No more than two courses with a CR grade may be counted towards the minor.

EDUC 202 Human Growth and Development
EDUC 203 Children with Disabilities
PSY 203 Introduction to Child Psychology
PSY 205 Adolescent Psychology
PSY 370 Topics in Developmental Psychology

Family and Other Social Contexts
AFS 208 Growing up Black
ANTH 341/441 Making Babies
ECON 310 Economics and Gender
EDUC 201 Schooling and Social Equality
EDUC 302 Disability in China
EDUC 331/ANTH 214 Rethinking Families
EDUC 332 Disability, Family, and Society
EDUC 336 Special Topics: Diversity, Children, & Families
EDUC 336 Special Topics: Disability & Transition: Life after High School
EDUC 338 Inclusive Schooling
SOC 206 Kids and Contention: The Sociology of Childhood
SOC 225 Sociology of the Family
SOC 263 Juvenile Delinquency

Strategies for Child Advocacy
AFS 200 Ghettoscapes
ANTH 205 Race, Class, and Ethnicity
BDIS 202 Urban Politics
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
PPOL 364 Social Policy and Community Activism
SOC 221 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC 261 Sociology of Education*
SOC 290 Sociology of Community

(*This course counts toward the strategies for child advocacy core only when it is accompanied by a child-related formal service learning component)

Service-learning courses, individually designed course equivalents or the Boston and Geneva Collaborative Internships may count toward the Strategies for Child Advocacy core with permission of the child advocacy minor adviser.

EDUC 209 Gender and Schooling
EDUC 221 Understanding Autism
EDUC 370 Multiculturalism
HIST 208 Women in American History
POL 236 Urban Politics
POL 333 Civil Rights
POL 375 Feminist Legal Theory
PPOL 219 Sexual Minority Movements and Public Policy
SOC 223 Inequalities
SOC 258 Social Problems
WRRH 206 Immigrant Experiences: Voices and Discourses

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


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