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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

College of Letters and Science


Childhood and Adolescence Studies

W. Hobart Davies, Professor, Department of Psychology, hobart@uwm.edu

Kate Powers, Advisor, NWQ B5420, (414) 229-6686, powersk@uwm.edu

The Childhood and Adolescence Studies (CAS) Certificate Program provides students with a multidisciplinary opportunity to focus on children and adolescents through course offerings in the social sciences, humanities, health sciences, social work, education, and other disciplines. A wide spectrum of courses will allow students to understand children and adolescents from a variety of perspectives, facilitating the implementation of effective strategies to improve and enrich the lives of children and adolescents.

The Childhood and Adolescence Studies Certificate is intended to enhance a bachelor’s degree. The Program is open to all students seeking a bachelor’s degree from UWM and to students who previously have received a bachelor’s degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university.

Program Requirements

To obtain the certificate, the student must complete, with a minimum grade point average of 2.500, at least 18 credits in approved childhood and adolescence studies courses as indicated below. Courses for the certificate may not be taken on a credit/no credit basis.

Core Courses, 6 cr





Psych 260

Child Psychology


Sociol 448

Sociology of Children and Adolescents


Elective Courses, 12 cr
Elective credits must be selected from the list of approved courses below. Students may petition the CAS Advisory Committee for approval of appropriate courses not on the approved list.

Other Requirements
Twelve of the 18 required credits must be earned in residence at UWM. Of these twelve residence credits, nine must be taken at the 300 level or above.

Of the 18 required credits, 12 must be in the College of Letters and Science, with at least six of these at the 300 level or above. Three credits must be elected from outside the College of Letters & Science. No more than nine credits from any one department may count toward the Childhood and Adolescence Studies Certificate.

A maximum of six credits in Independent Study may count toward program requirements.

Approved Courses


Letters and Science – at least 6 credits are required





Africol 451

Rites of Passage in Black Societies


Africol 565

Selected Texts/Topics in Africology: "Raising Children, 'Race-ing' Children" subtitle

English/FilmStd 312

Topics in Film Studies: “Troubled Teens” subtitle

French 426

Growing Up French

Honors 200

Honors Seminar: The Shaping of the Modern Mind - "Growing Up" subtitle

IntlSt 550

Senior Seminar in International Studies: "Global Youth Language and Culture" subtitle

Psych 205



Psych 660

Experimental Child Psychology


Sociol 246

Juvenile Delinquency


Sociol 248

Sociology of Education


Non-L&S Courses – at least 3 credits are required



ComSDis 240

Normal Speech and Language Development

Crm Jst 520

Analysis Oriented Technology: Special Data Analysis; Crime Mapping, ArcGIS

Crm Jst 671

Juvenile Justice

CurrIns 650

Reading Interests of Adolescents

CurrIns 651

Literature for the Young Child

Ed Pol 534

The Student at Risk (Causes)

Ed Pol 580

An Overview of Child/Youth Care (jointly offered with ExcEduc 580 & Soc Wrk 580)

Ed Pol 581

Youth Work Practice (jointly offered with ExcEduc 581 & Soc Wrk 581)

Ed Psy 330

Introduction to Learning and Development

Ed Psy 640

Human Development: Theory and Research

ExcEduc 580

An Overview of Child/Youth Care (jointly offered with Ed Pol 580 & Soc Wrk 580)

ExcEduc 581

Youth Work Practice (jointly offered with Ed Pol 581 & Soc Wrk 581)

ExcEduc 600

Survey of Exceptional Education

HCA 203

Human Life Cycle

InfoSt 645 (648)

Library Materials for Children

InfoSt 646 (658)

Library Materials for Young Adults

InfoSt 691

Special Topics in Information Science: "African American History in Children's Literature"; "GLBTQ Literature for Young Adults"; "Multicultural Children's Literature" subtitles

Nurs 203

Human Growth and Development Across the Life Span

Nutr 245

Life Cycle Nutrition

PH 206

Child and Adolescent Health

Soc Wrk 250 (350)

Human Behavior and the Social Environment

Soc Wrk 562

Child and Family Services

Soc Wrk 580

An Overview of Child/Youth Care (jointly offered with Ed Pol 580 & ExcEduc 580)

Soc Wrk 581

Youth Work Practice (jointly offered with Ed Pol 581 & ExcEduc 581)

Independent study courses focusing on children and adolescents may be accepted with the approval of the CAS Advisory Committee. If a core course is not offered in the years an undergraduate student is pursuing the certificate, the student can petition the CAS Advisory Committee to accept another course in its stead. Other courses not on this list but relevant to the study of children and adolescents may be accepted with the approval of the CAS Advisory Committee.

Credits earned at other institutions equivalent to courses in the certificate program may be accepted in partial fulfillment of the program requirements, subject to review by the CAS Advisory Committee. Students currently enrolled at UWM who have fulfilled some of the program’s requirements prior to the program’s approval may have their credits applied retroactively to the certificate program.

Awarding the Certificate

Students currently involved in baccalaureate studies who successfully complete the requirements of the program will be awarded the certificate at the time of graduation. Students who already have a bachelor’s degree will receive the certificate upon completion of the program requirements.

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