Children and Youth Studies

Create an indelible impact on a young person’s life.

How do children and teenagers perceive the world? What rights are afforded to them in our legal systems? If you want to learn how you can play a critical role in helping and protecting children, our children and youth Studies program will give you the knowledge and skills to be an effective advocate. The program takes an interdisciplinary approach to provide you with a firm understanding of historical attitudes, child development and health, human rights and children in the judicial system. You have the option to major in children’s studies or, if you are majoring in education, take it as a concentration.

The children’s studies program broadened my understanding of children and how they think. The faculty showed me how I can become a good leader — something that I wanted to be but did not know how to do.

Natrasha Gereston ’11

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Quick Facts

  • The New York Times called our program “pioneering” when it was created in 1991.
  • Through the Children's Studies Center for Research, Policy and Public Service you will have the opportunity to participate in local, national and international research and assist community groups as well as governmental and advocacy agencies.
  • Our program director established the American Sociological Association Section on the Sociology of Children.

Possible Careers

  • Social worker in private practice or with a public or private agency
  • Legal advocate for children in the judicial system
  • Medical professional specializing in children's physical or mental health