The information listed below is a direct excerpt from the 2017-18 Course Catalog.

Published annually, the Course Catalog sets out the requirements of the academic programs--the majors, minors, and concentrations. Each Bryn Mawr student must declare her major before the end of her sophomore year. Students may also declare a minor or a concentration, but neither is required for the A.B. degree. Students must comply with the requirements published in the Course Catalog at the time when they declare the major, minor and/or concentration.

The Course Catalog also sets out the College requirements. Students must comply with the College requirements published at the time they enter Bryn Mawr College.

2017-18 Catalog
2016-17 Catalog
2015-16 Catalog
2014-15 Catalog

Child  and Family Studies Minor 

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 Director of Child and Family Studies, Leslie Rescorla.

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 not only addresses the life stages and cultural contexts of infancy through adolescence but also includes issues of parenting; child and family well-being; gender; schooling and informal education; risk and resilience; and the place, representation, and voice of children in  society and culture.

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 SOCL 201 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. Advanced Haverford and Swarthmore courses typically taken by juniors and seniors that are more specific than introductory and survey courses will count as 300 level courses. Only two CFS courses may be double-counted with any major, minor, or other degree credential.

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.

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. Students are expected to discuss their placement choices with the CFS Director.

To foster the inter-disciplinary nature of Child and Family Studies, students enrolled in the minor must also complete the following requirements:

  • Attendance at periodic CFS evening meetings for discussion sessions, guest speakers, "minor teas", etc..
  • Participation during senior year in an annual CFS Poster Session during which students will share highlights of their CFS campus and field-based experiences.

(Note: it is important to check the Trico course guide for updated course information as not every course is taught every year. 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).

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

Bryn  Mawr College Courses and Seminars

ANTH 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 268 Cultural Perspectives on Marriage and Family

ANTH 279 Anthropology of Childhood and Youth

ANTH 312 Anthropology of Reproduction

ARTS 269 Writing for Children

EDUC 200 Critical Issues in Education

EDUC 210 Perspectives on Special Education

EDUC 260 Multicultural Education

EDUC 266 Schools in American Cities

EDUC 302 Practice Teaching Seminar

EDUC 311 Fieldwork Seminar

ENGL 247 Shakespeare's Teenagers

ENGL 270 American Girl: Childhood in U.S. Literatures, 1690-1935

POLS 375 Gender, Work and Family

PSYC 203 Educational Psychology

PSYC 206 Developmental Psychology

PSYC 209 Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 250 Autism Spectrum Disorders

PSYC 303 Portraits of Maladjustment

PSYC 322 Culture and Development

PSYC 340 Women's Mental Health

PSYC 346 Pediatric Psychology

PSYC 350 Developmental Cognitive Disorders

PSYC 351 Developmental Psychopathology

PSYC 375 Movies and Madness

SOCL 102 Society, Culture, and the Individual

SOCL 201 The Study of Gender in Society

SOCL 205 Social Inequality

SOCL 217 The Family in Social Context

SOCL 225 Women in Society

SOCL 229 Black America in Sociological Perspective

SOCL 258 Sociology of Education

SOCL 266 Schools in American Cities

SOWK 552 Perspectives on Inequality

SOWK 554 Social Determinants of Health

SOWK 571 Education Law for Social Workers

SOWK 574 Child Welfare Policy, Practice, and Research

SOWK 575 Global Public Health


Haverford  College Courses and Seminars

ANTH 103 Introduction to Anthropology

ANTH 209 Anthropology of Education

ANTH 263 Anthropology of Space: Housing and Society

EDUC 200 Critical Issues in Education

EDUC 275 English Learners in the U.S

PSYC 215 Introduction to Personality Psychology.

PSYC 223 Psychology of Human Sexuality

PSYC 335 Self & Identity

SOCL 204 Medical Sociology

SOCL 226 Sociology of Gender


Swarthmore College Courses and Seminars

ED 14  Introduction to Education

ED 21/Psych 21 Educational Psychology

ED 23/Psych 23 Adolescence

ED 23A  Adolescents and Special Education

ED 26/Psych 26 Special Education

ED 42 Teaching Diverse Young Learners

ED 45 Literacies and Social Identities

ED 53  Language Minority Education

ED 64 Comparative Education

ED 68 Urban Education

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 167 Identities and Education Honors Seminar

PSYC 35 Social Psychology

PSYC 39 Developmental Psychology

PSYC 41 Children at Risk

PSYC 50 Developmental Psychopathology

PSYC 55  Family Systems Theory and Psychological Change

PSYC 135 Advanced Topics in Social and Cultural Psychology

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