Child Policy Pathway

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

Building on this introductory policy course, advanced options include an experiential learning course (CHST 302) which provides students a deep dive into state and federal policy-making with a trip to Washington, D.C., over spring break to meet with various policymakers and influencers. 

The Mann Child Policy Externship (CHST 398) 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 is 3-credit hours, and some are cross-listed with other departments. Depending on a student's major, the child policy externship may also count toward a capstone.  

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

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instructor for the Pathway courses.

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