Core Areas of Study
The Core Areas of Study program has two foci: Child Development and Adolescent 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 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.