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Child Advocacy

Coordinating Committee
Julie Newman Kingery, Psychological Science, Coordinator
Diana Baker, Educational Studies
Mary Kelly, Educational Studies
James Sutton, Sociology

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.


Child Advocacy Minor

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.

Core Courses

EDUC 202 Human Growth and Development 
EDUC 203 Children with Disabilities
EDUC 221 Understanding Autism
EDUC 310 Second Language Acquisition
EDUC 335 Arts and Education
PSY 203 Introduction to Child Psychology 
PSY 205 Adolescent Psychology
PSY 370 Topics in Developmental Psychology
PSY 303 Advanced Theory and Design in Developmental Psychology

Family and Other Social Contexts
AFS 208 Growing up Black 
AMST 260 Who Am I: A Critical Family History
ANTH 341/441 Making Babies
GSIJ 207 Transnational Intimacies
GSIJ 303 Sexuality and Disability
ECON 207 Economics of Education
ECON 310 Economics and Gender 
EDUC 201 Schooling and Social Equality 
EDUC 209 Gender and Schooling
EDUC 330 Disability & Transition: Life after High School 
EDUC 331 Rethinking Families
ENV 213 Poverty and Place in Rural America
ENV 237 Environmental Justice in Indian Country
SOC 206 Kids and Contention: The Sociology of Childhood 
SOC 225 Working Families
SOC 263 Juvenile Delinquency
SPN 332 Literatura Infantil
GSIJ 211 Place and Health

Strategies for Child Advocacy
ANTH 205 Race, Class, and Ethnicity
GSIJ 205 Queer and Trans Social Movements
GSIJ 302 Trans Studies
ECON 122 Economics of Caring 
ECON 248 Poverty and Welfare
EDUC 170 Race Dialogues for Community and Change
EDUC 220 Storytelling
EDUC 230 Teaching English Language Learners
EDUC 306 Technology and Children with Disabilities 
EDUC 308 Politics of Care
EDUC 333 Literacy
EDUC 336 Special Topics: Self Determination in Education 
MUS 221 Introduction to Music Therapy
SJSP 101 Introduction to Community Based Research
SOC 221 Race and Ethnic Relations 
SOC 261 Sociology of Education 
SOC 357 Race and Education
SPNE 210 Introduction to Bilingual Education
THTR 290 Theatre for Social Change
WRRH 250 Talk and Text
WRRH 335 Writing Colleagues Seminar

Service-learning courses, individually designed course equivalents, or an internship (including the Boston or Geneva Collaborative Internship), may count toward the Strategies for Child Advocacy core with permission of the child advocacy minor advisor.


DAN 107 Introduction to Jamaican Dance
DAN 110 Introduction to Dances of the African Diaspora
DAN 230 Community Arts: Wellness, Environment, Culture
EDUC 100 Perspectives on Education
EDUC 308 Politics of Care
EDUC 221 Understanding Autism 
EDUC 370 Multiculturalism
ENG 114 Literature of Sickness, Health and Disability
GSIJ101 Intro to LGBT and Queer Studies
GSIJ 100 Introduction to Gender, Sexuality, and Intersectional Justice POL 333 Civil Rights
SOC 223 Inequalities
SOC 224 Social Deviance
SPN 304 Latinx-Latin American Literature
WRRH 215 Literate Lives: Rhetorics of Marginalized Education
GSIJ 100 Introduction to Women’s Studies

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