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Childhood Studies Minor

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:

Minor Requirements
Select eighteen credit hours from the following:18
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
Domestic Relations
Maternal/Newborn Nursing
Pediatric Nursing
Child Growth and Motor Development
Life-Span Developmental Psychology 3
Child/Adolescent Psychology
Child Psychopathology and Exceptionalities 3
The Family
Family and Child Welfare
Theatre for Children and Youth
Internship: Relevant field experience/practicum/internship through any academic department 4
Relevant Special Topics Course offered through any academic department 4
Relevant Independent Study arranged with any full-time faculty member 4
Total Credit Hours18

University Graduation Requirements

  1. Have a valid and declared major on file (minors cannot be awarded in the same areas as the major, emphasis or concentration).
  2. Earn a minimum of 3 credit hours beyond the major, emphasis, concentration and/or general studies requirements.
  3. Earn a minor GPA of at least 2.0.

Our minors help you explore your interests and further develop your career goals. With two minors to choose from, you can customize a program focused on your individual interests.

Are you ready to declare a minor? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the Nursing and Health Professions Department.

Declaring a Minor
Students should choose a minor that is different from their major, emphasis or concentration. Minor coursework must consist of a minimum of four credit hours beyond the student’s major, emphasis, concentration and general studies requirements.

Requirements for All Minors
To be awarded a minor, an overall GPA of at least 2.0 must be earned in the required minor coursework unless a higher standard is noted for a specific minor program. The same course in a degree minor may be used to fulfill major course requirements unless stated in a major or minor. Substitution courses are not allowed.