Childhood Studies Program


614A Crawford Hall
www.case.edu/artsci/childstudies
Phone: 216-368-0540
Jill E. Korbin and Elizabeth J. Short, Directors
E-mail: jill.korbin@case.edu; elizabeth.short@case.edu

 

The Childhood Studies program is an educational opportunity for undergraduate students interested in a wide array of issues concerning children and the experience of childhood. This interdisciplinary minor focuses on the life stages of infancy through adolescence and includes interests in parenting, child development, gender, the life course, and the place of children in society and culture.


While the Childhood Studies program is situated in the College of Arts and Sciences, children and childhood are a focus of research and teaching in units throughout the University, including the School of Medicine, the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, the School of Law, the School of Dental Medicine, and the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. In addition, the Schubert Center for Child Studies sponsors research, lectures, and programs on children and childhood and provides opportunities for student involvement in research, education, and policy, including externships with local nonprofits.


Program advisory committee


Jill E. Korbin, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology

Co-Director, Childhood Studies Program

Director, Schubert Center for Child Studies


Elizabeth J. Short, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

Co-Director, Childhood Studies Program

Associate Director, Schubert Center for Child Studies


Eileen Anderson-Fye, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Associate Director, Schubert Center for Child Studies


Molly Irwin, M.P.H.
Adjunct Lecturer in Anthropology

Director, Child Policy Initiative, Schubert Center for Child Studies


Undergraduate Programs


Minor

(15 credit hours)


The undergraduate minor in childhood studies is built on a foundation in the social sciences. It is also suited, however, to students interested in exploring childhood from the perspectives of the natural sciences, the humanities, or the arts.


The minor requires a minimum of 15 hours of course work; the courses must be taken in at least two different departments. Students may count up to six of these hours toward a major in another field. If they are pursuing more than one major, they may count up to six hours toward each one.


The courses listed below are accepted toward the minor. Other courses may be accepted with approval from the Childhood Studies academic representative.

*No more than four hours of practicum experience can count toward the minor.


Course Descriptions


CHST 301. Child Policy (3)
This course introduces students to issues in child policy. Local, state and federal child policy will be considered, and topics will include, for example, policies related to child poverty, schooling, child welfare, and children’s physical and mental health. Students will learn how policy is developed, how research informs policy and vice versa. Recommended preparation: One social sciences course or consent.
Offered as ANTH 305 and CHST 301.


CHST 302. Experiential Learning in Child Policy (3–6)
Focus on state and federal legislation impacting children, youth, and families. Course includes an experiential learning component at the state or federal level and a travel experience to either Columbus, OH or Washington, D.C. to learn firsthand how policy is formed. Students may take this course twice for credit.
Offered as ANTH 307 and CHST 302.
Prereq: CHST 301.


CHST 398. Child Policy Externship (3)
This course provides students with externships in child policy. These externships give students an opportunity to work directly with professionals who design and implement policies that impact the lives of children and their families. Agencies involved are active in areas such as childcare, education, juvenile justice, and physical and mental health. Students apply for the externship. Selected students are placed in a local child policy agency. An individualized learning plan is developed in consultation with the Childhood Studies Program faculty, the supervisor in the agency, and the student. This course is a 3 credit-hour course and may be taken twice for a total of 6 credit hours.
Offered as ANTH 308 and CHST 398.
Prereq: CHST 301.


CHST 398C. Child Policy Externship and Capstone (3)
This course provides students with externships in child policy. These externships give students an opportunity to work directly with professionals who design and implement policies that impact the lives of children and their families. Agencies involved are active in areas such as childcare, education, juvenile justice, and physical and mental health. Students apply for the externship. Selected students are placed in a local child policy agency. An individualized learning plan is developed in consultation with the Childhood Studies Program faculty, the supervisor in the agency, and the student.
Offered as ANTH 398C, CHST 398C, PSCL 398C.


SAGES Senior Cap
CHST 399. Independent Study (1–6)

Students propose topics for independent reading and research.