Child Policy Pathway

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For students interested in exploring historical and contemporary U.S. policy and how it impacts children, young people and families, the Schubert Center offers a unique curriculum through the Child Policy Pathway. The specialization begins with Public Policy in Child Development (CHST 301), a foundational course that introduces students to the central issues in public policy, basic principles of policy research, policy analysis, research-informed policy development and advocacy.

Policy areas of focus include:

  • Child poverty and family economic asset-building
  • Educational disparities and student supports
  • Physical, mental and social determinants of health
  • Child welfare and well-being
  • Legal systems and juvenile justice
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Building on this introductory policy course, advanced options include an experiential learning course which provides students a deep-dive into state and federal policy-making with a trip to Washington, D.C. over spring break in order to meet with a variety of policy makers and influencers. 

The Mann Child Policy Externship in a local public or nonprofit organization is another advanced option that gives students a hands-on opportunity to work directly with professionals who design and implement policies that impact the lives of children and their families. 

Each of these policy courses are 3-credit hours and some are cross-listed with other departments. The child policy externship may also count toward a capstone depending on a student's major.  

For more information about the Child Policy Pathway, contact the Schubert Center office at or Gabriella Celeste, the Schubert Center Policy Director, who serves as the instructor for the Pathway courses.