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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 330 Disability & Transition: Life after High School 
EDUC 331/ANTH 214 Rethinking Families
EDUC 332 Disability, Family, and Society
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
BIDS 202 Urban Politics in Education
ECON 122 Economics of Caring
ECON 248 Poverty and Welfare
EDUC 170 Race Dialogues for Community and Change
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
SOC 315 Race and Education

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.

DAN 230 Community Arts: Wellness, Environment, Culture
EDUC 209 Gender and Schooling
EDUC 221 Understanding Autism
EDUC 370 Multiculturalism
POL 333 Civil Rights
PPOL 219 Sexual Minority Movements and Public Policy
SOC 223 Inequalities
SOC 258 Social Problems
WRRH 170 ASL & Deaf Culture
WRRH 280 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.

Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.