study the issues. Create the change. 

Engage in the issues important to children with a minor in Child Advocacy. Core areas of focus include child development, the family and other social contexts affecting children as well as social, educational and legal strategies for advocating on behalf of children. Courses in Child Advocacy will prepare you for fields in public education, medicine and more.



Student SpotlightKatie Brown '23

major: psychological science
minor: child advocacy 

“As a Psychological Science major, I have always had an interest in working with children. The Child Advocacy minor has equipped me to better understand child development as a whole, as well as advocating strategies to ensure that no child is left behind within our school systems. Two of my favorite classes, "Children with Disabilities" and "Child Psych" provided me with a solid academic foundation to better formulate opinions on such issues while simultaneously being able to express these ideas to my peers."


Experiential EducationLearning in the Field

Student reads a Spanish children's book to local children.

Work with Geneva school children in the classroom or examine how water access affects families at the Finger Lakes Institute.

At Hobart and William Smith, learning goes beyond textbooks and classrooms. You’ll gain high-impact practical experience that deepens learning and opens doors.


No Borders:Global Education

Study personal development in Wales or diversity in education in New Zealand.

Wherever you go, our top-ranked global education program will allow you to apply classroom knowledge, develop cultural understanding and build global connections that expand your personal capacity and sense of purpose.


Discover the questions and build an understanding about the most pressing issues surround the wellbeing of children. 

EDUC 203 – Children with Disabilities

Develop a thorough understanding of youth who experience disabilities. Examine how society determines who has disability, the impact labeling has on children's lives, special education and how children with disabilities fit into the mainstream of American life.

ECON 310 – Economics and Gender

Take an in-depth look at the economics of the family, household production and the allocation of time. Consider gender and the labor supply and gender differences in occupation and earnings.

SOC 225 – Sociology of Family

Explore the question, what is "the family?" 


Alum ImpactExploring New Interests

Jasmine Jackson ‘20
Minors: Child Advocacy and Health Professions 

"I wanted to be a biochemistry major but I had many additional interests. The interdisciplinary child advocacy minor allowed me to explore these interests and exposed me to new ones. Two of my favorite classes, “Understanding Autism” and “Juvenile Delinquency,” provided me with a solid academic foundation and the opportunity to formulate my opinion on issues and to express such ideas with my peers."

Companies That Employ Our graduates

  • American Tower Corporation
  • AmeriCorps
  • Boston Higashi School
  • Community Hope
  • Harvey R. Newlin Elementary
  • National Center for PTSD
  • Ottoson Middle School
  • The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
  • University of Redlands

universities where our graduates are studying

  • American University
  • Boston University
  • Columbia University
  • Smith College
  • UMass Amherst
  • University of Michigan
  • UNC Chapel Hill
  • Wheelock College