Core Areas of Study
The Core Areas of Study program has three foci: Adolescent Development; Child Advocacy and Family Policy; and Child Development. Students may elect a thesis or comprehensive exam option.
This Core Area of Study is designed to develop general competence in understanding and applying theory and research regarding adolescents within the context of their families and communities. Students are expected to participate in projects involving adolescents and their families, and to complete a practicum in a program serving adolescents.
This Core Area of Study is designed to develop general competence in understanding theory and research regarding advocacy and policy issues impacting children and families. Those accepted into the program will be expected to work with selected state, national, and international agencies as child advocacy interns, develop expertise on at least one advocacy or policy issue, and conduct research on a related topic.
This Core Area of Study prepares students to work in a variety of social science positions, enter doctoral programs, and acquire early childhood leadership positions. Students gain an understanding of children from infancy through the early school years. Students will complete an internship in an educational program serving young children. Students in the Child Development Core Areas of Study must complete an internship in a child-focused setting and may do research at the Child Study and Development Center.