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.

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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 information sessions", 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
ENGL 271 Transatlantic Childhood in the 19th Century
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 235 Mexican-American Communities
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
COML 289 Children's Literature
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 34 Psychology of Language
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