Childhood Studies Minor

Photo of young children of various racial and gender identities smiling at the camera

The Childhood Studies Minor in the College of Arts and Sciences is an exciting 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 incorporates interests in child policy, parenting, gender, the life course, and the place of children in society and culture.

Case Western Reserve University has earned national and international recognition for its cutting edge research and teaching on the life cycle. The minor in Childhood Studies helps students take advantage of the diversity of child-related learning opportunities available through the Schubert Center for Child Studies, multiple departments across the Case Western Reserve campus, and institutions throughout the greater Cleveland community.

Print the Minor Declaration Form.

Faculty Advisers

The following faculty members provide academic advising to students interested in a minor in Childhood Studies:

Gabriella Celeste, JD
Co-Director, Childhood Studies Program
Policy Director, Schubert Center for Child Studies
E-mail Gabriella Celeste

Anastasia Dimitropoulos, PhD
Co-Director, Childhood Studies Program; Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences
Director, Schubert Center for Child Studies
E-mail Anastasia Dimitropoulos

Jill Korbin, PhD
Professor of Anthropology
Senior Advisor, Schubert Center for Child Studies; Co-Director, Childhood Studies Program
E-mail Jill Korbin

Elizabeth Short, PhD
Professor of Psychological Sciences
Co-Director, Childhood Studies Program
E-mail Elizabeth Short

Childhood Studies Minor Requirements

The minor in childhood studies requires 15 hours of course work in at least two different departments. Students may take up to 4 hours of practicum courses that provide experience working with children in hospitals, day cares, and educational settings. Students may also request approval to take independent study courses in any academic discipline suited to his/her interest in childhood studies. Students may count up to 6 credit hours toward their major. This is possible for more than one major, but with a maximum of 6 credit hours per major.

Print the Minor Declaration Form.

Approved Courses for the Childhood Studies Minor

Please check the University Bulletin for course descriptions and the Schedule of Classes to find out which of these courses will be offered each semester.

Other courses with a childhood focus, including independent studies, may be petitioned for approval to one of the minor advisors. Your petition should include the course description and a syllabus. For independent studies, your petition should include a paragraph description of how the study is related to childhood studies and a brief letter or e-mail from the faculty member agreeing to supervise. 

If you wish to undertake an independent study listed below, you need to consult with the faculty member for approval prior to registering. 

  • CHST 301/ANTH 305/POSC 382A: Child Policy (3)
  • CHST 302/ANTH 307: Experiential Learning in Child Policy (3)
  • CHST 398/ANTH 308: Child Policy Externship (3-6)
  • CHST 398C/ANTH 398C/PSCL 398C: Child Policy Externship and Capstone (3)
  • CHST 399: Independent Study (1-6)
  • ANTH 306: Anthropology of Childhood and the Family (3)
  • ANTH 313: Anthropology of Adolescence (3) *Inactive Course
  • ANTH 399: Independent Study (1-6)
  • COSI 313: Language Development
  • EDUC 304: Educational Psychology (3)
  • ENGL 369: Children’s Literature
  • HSTY 387: Growing up in America: 1607-2000 (3)
  • MUED 391: Music in Early Childhood (3) 
  • NTRN 328: Child Nutrition, Development and Health (3)
  • NURS 315: Parents & Neonates in Health and Illness (4.5)
  • NURS 316: Children & Adolescents in Health and Illness (4.5)
  • NURS 356: Nursing Care of Critically Ill Neonates, Infants and Children (9)
  • PSCL 230: Child Psychology (3)
  • PSCL 329: Adolescence (3)
  • PSCL 333: Early Intervention I: Theories and Practice (3)
  • PSCL 334C/335C: Seminar and Practicum: Hospitalized Children (3)
  • PSCL 344: Developmental Psychopathology (3)
  • PSCL 379: Neurodevelopment Disabilities (3)
  • PSCL 393: Experimental Child Psychology (3)
  • PSCL 397: Independent Study (1-6)
  • SASS 315: Adoption Practice and Policy
  • SASS 355: Drugs and Youth
  • SASS 368: Whatever It Takes: Creating Pathways out of Poverty for Children
  • SASS 375D: International Travel and Study Abroad: Child Welfare in Guatemala
  • SASS 390: Independent Study (1-6)
  • SOCI 320: Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (3)
  • SOCI 361: The Life Course (3)
  • SOCI 375: Independent Study (1-6)

Examples of other courses approved on a case-by-case basis

Students can petition to have courses count towards the minor even if they are not on the above list as long as they are focused on children and adolescents.  Examples of courses that meet this requirement are provided below; these have been previously approved, but are not offered regularly. An Academic Advisement Form MUST be completed in order for these courses to be counted.

  • FSSY 185R: Oh, The Places You Will Go! Representations of Space in Children’s Picture Books (4)
  • USSO 288E: Music in Early Childhood (3)
  • USSY 291H: From Dr. Seuss to Wild Things: Radical Children’s Literature

Courses NOT on this list may also be considered for possible elective credit.  These may be CWRU courses or courses from other universities (transfer credits or classes taken while studying abroad).  To submit these courses for consideration, students must complete a Petition for Elective Credit form and send the course syllabus to