Child and Family Studies (CFS) is an interdisciplinary program with courses based in many departments (anthropology, education, English, film studies, political science, psychology, sociology, comparative literature, and social work). The CFS minor provides a flexible but cohesive educational opportunity for undergraduate students interested in children, families, schools, and social-cultural contexts. Within this broad framework, different disciplines focus inquiry into the biological, familial, psychological, socioeconomic, political, cultural, and educational dimensions of child and family well-being and the varying life courses and life chances of individuals.
Students craft a pathway in the minor as they engage in course selection through ongoing discussions with the CFS Director. 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; or economic factors affecting children and families.
Students may complete a Child and Family Studies minor as an adjunct to any major at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, or Swarthmore pending approval of the student’s coursework plan by the Co-Directors of Child and Family Studies, Jodie Baird and Heejung Park.
For more information or to declare the CFS minor, please reach out to one of the co-Directors for advising. You are welcome to contact a co-Director with whom you share scholarly interests or with whom you’ve taken prior coursework; if you have no preference, please reach out to Jodie Baird if your last name begins with A-L and to Heejung Park if your last name begins with M-Z.