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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2013

College of Letters and Science


Childhood and Adolescence Studies


For additional information, contact L&S Interdepartmental Studies Office, HLT 285, (414) 229-6686/5362, powersk@uwm.edu or wrjames@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 2.50, 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

3

Sociol 448

Sociology of Children and Adolescents

3

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 and 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
Anthro 446

The Child in Different Cultures

English/FilmStd 312 Topics in Film Studies: “Troubled Teens” subtitle
FilmStd 212 Intermediate Topics in Film Studies: "Teens on TV" subtitle
Honors 200 Honors Seminar: The Shaping of the Modern Mind - "Growing Up" subtitle
Honors 351 University Honors Seminar in the Social Sciences - "Making Meaning of Children's Play", “Exploring the Social Construct of Childhood” subtitles
Psych 205 Personality
Psych 560 Developmental Theories
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 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
L&I Sci 645 (648) Library Materials for Children

L&I Sci 646 (658)

Library Materials for Young Adults

L&S Sci 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

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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