The Children's Studies Program is a 120-credit, direct-entry Honours BA Program, which also includes Double Major, Major/Minor, and Minor degree options.
Major, Double Major, or Major/Minor
Students in the Major, Double Major, or Major/Minor (with Children's Studies as the Major) are required to complete at least 42 credits in Children's Studies as follows: 30 credits consisting of a 1000-level Humanities Foundations course (9 credits, of which 6 count towards the degree program); a 2000-level core course (6 credits); a 3000-level core course (6 credits); a capstone seminar (6 credits) and one other child-related 4000-level course (6 credits). In addition, these students will be required to complete at least 12 credits of departmental/divisional courses relevant to Children's Studies (see list of additional courses), selected in consultation with the program faculty advisor assigned to each student.
Students with Children's Studies as a Minor will be required to complete at least 30 credits in Children's Studies as follows: 18 credits consisting of the 1000-level core Humanities Foundations course (9 credits, of which 6 count towards the degree program); the 2000-level core course (6 credits); and one of the 4000-level child-focused Humanities courses (6 credits). In addition, these students will be required to complete at least 12 credits of departmental/divisional courses relevant to Children's Studies (see list of additional courses), selected in consultation with his/her program faculty advisor.
The required courses fulfill the program's objectives in that they focus on the consideration of children as fully human beings who have distinct and special rights, are agents in their own lives and are creators as well as consumers of culture.
Each core course includes a graded component related to hearing the voice of the child, which is necessary to pursuing the best interests of the child as the program seeks to train students to do, and another involving direct engagement with children in a local school.
The third-year offering specific to majors provides them with the ethical, theoretical and methodological bases for the unique philosophy and orientation of the program as well as opportunity to develop child-centered research skills and experience in applying childist principles to research involving children. Thereby, those students (being the Program majors) who are thinking of pursuing further study in the area or are likely to develop careers in working with children are better informed to do so.
Meanwhile those with a certain interest in the area (being the Program minors) are provided considerable exposure to the distinctive philosophy that pervades the program courses, and learn to appreciate its outcomes in terms of greater knowledge pertinent to child and childhood without the same rigorous dedication to Children's Studies as the core methodology of their studies.