Missouri Western State University offers an interdisciplinary minor in childhood studies. This minor is intended for those students who have child-related emphases in their major disciplines, such as juvenile delinquency, child psychology, or pediatrics or for those who simply wish to learn more about the subject of childhood. The minor will also provide a foundation of study for those students who intend to go on to professional or graduate school in order to study in child-related areas. This minor does not provide students with certification to teach in the state of Missouri.
Each student interested in this minor should discuss with his or her major academic advisor which courses best fit that student's discipline and concentration area as well as which general studies courses need to be chosen to satisfy prerequisites. Minor declaration forms shall be kept on file by the Director of Childhood Studies.
To insure that the minor is a truly interdisciplinary experience, at least three disciplines must be represented with no more than nine hours coming from any one discipline:
|Introduction to Juvenile Justice|
|Juvenile Law and Procedures|
|Family, Community, and Schools: Partnering for Young Children 1|
|Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child 2|
|Collaborating with Families and School Personnel for Inclusion|
|Literature for Adolescents|
|Literature for Children|
|Child Growth and Motor Development|
|Life-Span Developmental Psychology 3|
| Child/Adolescent Psychology|
|Child Psychopathology and Exceptionalities 3|
|Family and Child Welfare|
|Theatre for Children and Youth|
|Total Credit Hours||18|
University Graduation Requirements
- Have a valid and declared major on file (minors cannot be awarded in the same areas as the major, emphasis or concentration).
- Earn a minimum of 3 credit hours beyond the major, emphasis, concentration and/or general studies requirements.
- Earn a minor GPA of at least 2.0.