Department of English at Illinois State University

Minor in Children's Studies

The Minor in Children's Studies provides an opportunity for students to enhance their knowledge of children and child culture through interdisciplinary exploration of child-related issues. This program is designed to be of interest to students who wish to pursue child-related emphases in their major disciplines, such as children's literature, child psychology, children's history and culture, pediatrics, juvenile justice, or social work with children, or for those who wish to learn more about the subject of childhood from multidisciplinary frames of reference. The minor will also provide a foundation for those students who intend to go to professional or graduate school to pursue child-centered research interests.

Course Requirements

  • A minimum of 24 hours, including FCS 112 or HIS 112 or SOC 112 and one of the following: FCS 101, PSY 301, C&I 210.
  • The remaining 18 hours must include a minimum of 2 courses from Group A and a minimum of 2 courses from Group B.
  • Group A: ENG 170, 271, 272, 370, 372, 373, 374, 375; MUS 371.
  • Group B: C&I 233; CJS 215; CSD 115, 175; FCS 231; 233; 250; HIS 261, 262, 330; NUR 208; POL 339; PSY 215, 302; 346; SOC 262.
  • With permission of the minor advisor the following categories of courses may be counted toward the minor. 1-3 hours of an internship with a child-related agency, arranged through a department. 1-3 hours of an independent study on a childrelated topic. 1-3 hours of a special topics course on a childrelated topic, offered through a department.
  • NOTE: No more than 9 hours may be selected from the student’s first or second major department.

Please note that these requirements are for the 2010-2012 course catalog. Students enrolled under prior catalogs should check with one of the English Department's Academic Advisors for those requirements.

For questions about the minor in Children's Studies, please contact Dr. Roberta Trites