2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog

Child and Family Studies

Students may complete a Child and Family Studies minor as an adjunct to any major at Bryn Mawr or Haverford, pending approval of the student's coursework plan by the Child and Family Studies advisor in the student's major department.


Leslie Rescorla, Psychology

Assistant Director

Alice Lesnick, Education

Steering Committee

Marissa Golden, Political Science
Philip Kilbride, Anthropology
Mary Osirim, Sociology
Janet Shapiro, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research

The Child and Family Studies (CFS) minor provides a curricular mechanism for inter-disciplinary work focused on the contributions of biological, familial, psychological, socioeconomic, political, and educational factors to child and family well-being. The minor will not only address the life stages and cultural contexts of infancy through adolescence but will also includes issues of parenting; child and family well-being; gender; schooling and informal education; risk and resilience; and the place, the representation, and the voice of children in society and culture.

General inquiries concerning the minor should go to the CFS Director Leslie Rescorla (lrescorl@brynmawr.edu). Specific questions can be addressed to the advisor for the CFSminor in the student's major department: Leslie Rescorla (Psychology), Alice Lesnick (Education), Marissa Golden (Political Science), Philip Kilbride (Anthropology), and Mary Osirim (Sociology). Students in other departments wishing to enroll in the CFS minor should confer with Leslie Rescorla so that a departmental advisor can be selected.

Requirements for the Child and Family Studies Minor

The minor comprises six courses: one gateway course (PSYCH 206 Developmental Psychology, PSYCH 203 Educational Psychology, EDUC 200 Critical Issues in Education, or XXX YYY Study of Gender in Society), plus five additional courses, at least two of which must be outside of the major department and at least one of which must be at the 300 level. No more than two courses may be double-counted with a major or other degree credential.

Students will craft a pathway in the minor as they engage in course selection through ongoing discussions with their advisor. Sample pathways might include: political science/child and family law; sociology/educational policy; child and family mental health; depictions of children/families in literature and film; child and family public health issues; social work/child welfare; anthropology/cross-cultural child and family issues; gender issues affecting children and families; social justice/diversity issues affecting children and families; economic factors affecting children and families.

The minor also requires participation in at least one semester or summer of volunteer, practicum, praxis, community-based work study, or internship experience related to Child and Family Studies, with reflections to be recorded in a journal, which will be part of the student's portfolio. Students are expected to discuss their placement choices with their minor advisor. For further information about field-based experiences, consult the Child and Family Studies website: http://www.brynmawr.edu/tricochildfamily/minor.html.

To foster the inter-disciplinary nature of child and family studies, students enrolled in the minor must also complete the following requirements:

  • Attendance at a minimum of two CFS-related formal events per year, for which reflections/comments will be recorded in a journal, which will be part of the student's portfolio.
  • Attendance four times per semester for two semesters at a "brownbag" 1-hour seminar, comprised of individual workshop/discussion sessions facilitated by a range of individuals, including the students themselves, affiliated faculty and staff, and guest speakers
  • Participation during senior year in an annual CFS Poster Session during which students will share highlights of their CFS campus and field-based experiences.

Courses that can be counted toward the Child and Family Studies Minor

(Note: it is important to check the Trico course guide for updated course information. In some cases, courses relevant to the CFS minor will have changed, or been added. Students should explore freely and consult with their advisor on curricular choices):

Bryn Mawr College Courses and Seminars

ANTH B212 Primate Evolution and Behavior, Spring, 2012
ANTH B253 Childhood in the African Experience, Spring, 2012
ANTH B281 Language in the Social Context, Spring 2012
ANTH B312 Anthropology of Reproduction, Spring 2012
ANTH B341 Cultural Perspectives on Marriage & Family, Spring 2012
EDUC B200 Critical Issues in Education, Fall 2011 and Spring 2012
EDUC B250 Literacies and Education, Spring 2012
EDUC B266 Schools in American Cities, Spring 2012
EDUC B275 Teaching English Learners in U.S. Schools, Fall 2011
EDUC B301 Curriculum and Pedagogy, Fall 2011
EDUC B302 Practice Teaching Seminar, Spring 2012
EDUC B310 Defining Educational Practice, Fall 2011
EDUC B311 Field Work Seminar, Spring 2012
POLS B375   Women, Work & Family, Fall 2011
PSYC B203   Educational Psychology, Fall 2011
PSYC B206   Developmental Psychology, Spring 2012
PSYC B209   Abnormal Psychology, Spring 2012
PSYC B220   Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fall 2011
PSYC B340   Women's Mental Health
PSYC B346   Pediatric Psychology, Fall 2011
PSYC B351   Developmental Psychopathology
PSYC B352   Advanced Topics I Developmental Psychology
SOCL B201  The Study of Gender in Society
SOCL B217 The Family in Social Context
SOCL B225 Women in Contemporary Society: The Southern Hemisphere
SOCL B258 Sociology of Education, Spring 2012
SOCL B266 Schools in American Cities, Spring 2012
SOWK            Clinical Work with Children and Adolescents
SOWK            Family Therapy with Adolescents
SOWK            Family Therapy
SOWK            Poverty and Inequality
SOWK            Child Welfare
SOWK            Applied Developmental Science
SOWK            Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity
SOWK            Public Education: Issues in School Social Work Practice
SOWK            Education Law for Social Workers
SOWK            Public Health

Haverford College Courses and Seminars

ANTH H209 Anthropology of Education
ANTH H263  Anthropology of Space: Housing and Society
BIOL H217    Biological Psychology, Fall 2011
COML H289         Children's Literature
EDUC H200         Critical Issues in Education, Fall 2011 and Spring 2012
EDUC H210         Special Education, Fall 2011
EDUC H260         Multicultural Education
PSYC H213 Memory and Cognition, Fall 2011
PSYC H215 Introduction to Personality Psychology, Spring 2012
PSYC H224 Social Psychology, Spring 2012
PSYC H225 Self and Identity
PSYC H238 Psychology of Language
SOCL H235 Class, Race & Education

Swarthmore College Courses and Seminars

Ed 14 Introduction to Education, Fall 2011
Ed 17 Curriculum and Methods Seminar
Ed 21/Psych 21 Educational Psychology, Fall 2011
Ed 23/Psych 23 Adolescence
Ed 23A Adolescents and Special Education
Ed 26/Psych 26 Special Education
Ed 41 Educational Policy
Ed 42 Teaching Diverse Young learners
Ed 45 Literacies and Social Identities
Ed 53 Language Minority Education, Fall 2011
Ed 61 Gender and Education
Ed 64 Comparative Education
Ed 68 Urban Education, Fall 2011
Ed 69 Savage Inaccuracies: The Facts and Economics of Education in America
Ed 70 Outreach Practicum
Ed 121 Psychology and Practice Honors Seminar
Ed 131 Social and Cultural Perspectives Honors Seminar
Ed 151 Literacies Research Honors Seminar
Ed 162 Sociology of Education
Ed 167 Identities and Education Honors Seminar
PSYC 27 Language Acquisition and Development
PSYC 30 Physiological Psychology
PSYC 34 Psychology of Language, Fall 2011
PSYC 35 Social Psychology
PSYC 36 Thinking, Judgment, and Decision Making
PSYC 39 Developmental Psychology, Fall 2011
PSYC 41 Children at Risk
PSYC 42 Human Intelligence
PSYC 43 Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 50 Developmental Psychopathology
PSYC 55 Family Systems Theory and Psychological Change
PSYC 135 Advanced Topics in Social and Cultural Psychology
HIST 079 Women, Family, and the State in China