The Child Studies bachelor's degree program immerses you in the study of youth populations within multiple related contexts, including family, community, culture, society and psychological development.
You're eager to explore all of the factors that play a role in a child's development. You want to get the whole picture, and truly understand what makes us who we are as we grow up and learn to navigate the world.
In this major, you will acquire multicultural perspectives as you learn about the influence of class, race and ethnicity, gender, and culture on human development and family patterns.
You'll develop a deep foundation in theoretical and practical Sociology and Psychology. Classes integrate supervised experiential learning with knowledge acquired in the classroom.
The program provides you with a strong foundation in family and developmental studies to prepare you for graduate studies or work in a range of professions.
This course focuses on human growth and development from conception through early adolescence. Emphasized are the characteristic stages of physical, language, cognitive, and social-emotional development considered from various theoretical perspectives. Also considered are the broad range of children's abilities and needs; the influence of family structures on personality and behavior; and common health problems, including substance abuse, as these impact development. Students must fulfill the certification-related competencies assigned to the course in order to receive a passing grade.
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