Academics & Majors

Children's Studies

Through this minor, you learn about children and childhood while drawing on the expertise of faculty from across Washington University. You develop a sophisticated interdisciplinary understanding of childhood and the issues surrounding the treatment and status of children throughout history. You explore interconnected ideas about children as objects and subjects in a variety of essential disciplines.

This area of study is especially attractive to students majoring in education, psychology, English, history and American culture studies, as well as students whose career plans include child-oriented specialties like family law or pediatric medicine.

The minor combines social science courses that measure and analyze how children mature and how institutions have affected children with courses in the humanities that examine how children are portrayed and constructed in art, literature, and film.