Tri-College Child and Family Studies (CFS) Consortium


The Tri-College Child and Family Studies (CFS) Consortium is an interdisciplinary group of faculty from many departments (e.g, Anthropology, Education, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Comparative Literature, and Social Work) who share interests in children, families, schools, and social-cultural contexts. Within this broad framework, different disciplines focus inquiry into the biological, familial, socioeconomic, political, cultural, and educational dimensions of child and family well-being and the varying life courses and life chances of individuals.

CFS Minor

This CFS Minor will provide a cohesive educational opportunity for undergraduate students interested in a wide array of problems, possibilities, and ideas concerning children and the experience of childhood, as well as in modes of investigating and responding to these. The CFS Minor enables students to explore the experiences of children and adolescents in the context of questions relating to parenting, race, class, gender/sexualities, schooling and informal education, and the places and roles of children in societies and cultures.

CFS Activities/Events

The CFS will sponsor 4-to-6 “brownbag” gatherings per semester consisting of individual workshop/discussion sessions facilitated by a range of individuals, including CFS students, affiliated faculty and staff, and guest speakers. Meetings will be one hour in length, with times to be arranged. In addition, the CFS will co-sponsor talks/events on topics related to child and family issues being hosted at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore, provide notices of these events on its website, and send campus announcements about upcoming events that may interest CFS faculty and students.

CFS Praxis/Internships

The CFS will maintain on its website an ongoing resource list for praxis and internship opportunities in child and family settings. In addition, the CFS will sponsor an annual Poster Session during which students will share highlights of their CFS campus and field-based praxis/internship/work experiences related to children and families.