Child and Youth
Studies is an interdisciplinary program that will provide the
undergraduate student with a scholarly and experiential understanding
of childhood and adolescence. The minor, which is open to all majors,
educates students about the physical, psychological, spiritual, social,
and cultural aspects of human development during the first 18 years of
life. It integrates the many child- and youth-focused courses and
service learning experiences across disciplines within the schools and
colleges at USF to provide a structured course of study for the
undergraduate student interested in learning about children.
The Interdisciplinary Minor in Child and Youth Studies requires a minimum of twenty-four (24) credits, as follows:
*Students must obtain a "C" grade or better in all courses for the minor.
least 12 credits of the CYS Minor must come from courses outside of the
student's major department(s) and other academic programs (e.g., Dual
Degree Program and minors).
*Students must meet with the Director of the CYS minor before starting the program.
Three (3) core courses (12 credits)
Required (4 credits)
One course in Psychology (4 credits)
One course in Sociology (4 credits)
Two Elective Courses (8 credits)
- COMS - 302 Dark Side of Interpersonal/Family Communication
- COMS - 306 Family Communication
- ESS - 220 Motor Development
- ESS - 360 Exercise and Healthy Kids
- NURS - 331/420 Family Health I - NURSING ONLY
- NURS - 341/421 Family Health II - NURSING ONLY
- PSYC - 328 Child Psychopathology
- PSYC - 350 Perspectives in Psychology (Family Psychology)
- PSYC - 369 Child Maltreatment
- SOC - 229 Diversity of American Families
- SOC - 329 Social Worlds of Children
- SOC - 338 Sociology of Education
- SOC - 356 Juvenile Justice
- SOC - 390 Sociology of Adolescence
- TEC - 611 Education of Bilingual Children: Theory and Practice
- TEC - 643 Education of Exceptional Children
Four credits of Departmental Practicum and Internship Experience (s)
about the Child and Youth Studies Minor should be directed to Professor Diana Lattimore in the Department of Psychology (firstname.lastname@example.org );
students interested in enrolling in the minor should meet with her
during her regularly scheduled office hours.