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Child and Adolescent Studies

Coordinator: Charla McKinzie Bishop

This major introduces students to the scientific study of life, development, and socialization of children and adolescents.  The Child and Adolescent Studies Program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that prepares students for a wide range of opportunities working with children including daycare, research, and child welfare.  Students are required to take courses on child development, societal issues, child abuse, research, education, and clinical/direct services with children and adolescents.  Graduates of this program have worked in juvenile correctional institutions, Head Start administration and programs, counseling centers, children's hospitals and hospices, daycare centers, schools, social welfare, adoption agencies, youth centers, clinical settings, street outreach, and transitional living.

Majors are required to earn at least a "C" in all courses in their major.  Seniors are also required to complete one semester of field placement prior to graduation.  After completing ENGL 101 and ENGL 102, Expository Writing and Argument and Research, students must take and successfully pass the Bowie State University English Proficiency Examination.  Transfer students who complete their English composition requirements must take the English Proficiency Examination during the first semester of enrollment at the university.  Exceptions to or substitutions for the following major requirements are considered only through a formal process of departmental recommendations.  To receive a degree in Child and Adolescent Studies, the student must complete 120 hours.

 
 

Charla McKinzie Bishop

Kim Barnett

Coordinator

Assistant Professor

CLT 331-V

CLT 331-P

(301) 860-3102

(301) 860-3116

cmckinzie@bowiestate.edu

kbarnett@bowiestate.edu

 
 

CORE REQUIREMENTS IN CHILD AND ADOLESCENT STUDIES (54 SEMESTER HOURS)

Development

  • CAAS 101 - Intro to Child and Adolescent Studies

Sociological Topics and Childhood

  • CAAS 250 - Intergenerational Aspects of Family
  • CAAS 270 - Sociological Issues

Child Abuse

  • CAAS 282 - Child Abuse and Family Violence

Legal and Ethical Issues regarding working with children

  • CAAS 314 - Child Policy & Program Development
  • CAAS 354 - Legal & Ethical Standards

Field Placement

  • CAAS 306 - Intro to Field
  • CAAS 424 - Field and Seminar

Research

  • SOCI 309 - Elementary Statistics
  • SOCI 412 - Methods of Social Research

Child Development Elective - 3 credit hours (1 course) are needed to fulfill this requirement; students may select from the list below:

  • SOCI 302 - Juvenile Delinquency

Clinical Electives - 6 credit hours (2 courses) are needed to fulfill this requirement; students may select from the list below:

  • CAAS 360 - Art, Music, Dance and Play Therapy
  • CAAS 412 - Therapy with Children and Adolescents
  • SOWK 305 - Social Work among Children
  • SOWK 306 - Social Work with the Black Family
  • SOWK 309 - Social Work and Addictions
  • PSYC 404 - Psychological Measurement

Education Electives - 6 credit hours (2 courses) are needed to fulfill this requirement; students may select from the list below:

  • EDUC 101 - Intro to Education
  • EDUC 316 - Foundations of Education
  • ECED 301 - Theory & Practices in Early Childhood Education
  • SPED 403 - Orientation to Special Education
  • PSYC 412 - Educational Psychology

CAAS Free Electives - 6 credit hours (2 courses) are needed to fulfill this requirement; students may select from the list below:

  • MGMT 101 - Intro to Business
  • NURS 215 - Nutrition
  • PSYC 311 - Cross Cultural Psychology
  • CAAS 350 - Sign Language I
  • SOCI 413 - Data Analysis Seminar
  • FREN 101 - First Year French I
  • SPAN 101 - First Year Spanish I

 

 Sample Program

Freshman Year

Sem. Hrs.

First Semester

FRSE 101

Freshman Seminar

3

ENGL 101

Composition and Literature I

3

CAAS 101

Introduction to Child and Adolescent Studies

3

____ ___

Arts and Humanities Elective

3

COSC ___

Computer Science Elective

3

 

 

15

Second Semester

BIOL 101

Biological Science

4

ENGL 102

Composition and Literature II

3

HIST 114

Afro American History to 1865 or

 

HIST 115

Afro American History since 1865

3

MATH 116

Introduction to Mathematics

3

____ ___

Arts and Humanities Elective

3

 

 

16

Sophomore Year

Sem. Hrs.

First Semester

SOCI 302

Juvenile Delinquency

3

HEED 102

Life and Health

3

SOCI 309

Elementary Statistics

3

PSYC 101

General Psychology

3

ENGL PRO

English Proficiency Exam

0

___ ___

Natural Science Elective

3

 

 

 

15

Second Semester

CAAS 250

Intergenerational Aspects of Family

3

CAAS 282

Child Abuse and Family Violence

3

CAAS 270

Sociological Issues in Child Socialization

3

SOCI 412

Methods of Sociological Research

3

____ ___

Social Science Elective

3

 

 

15

 

 

 

Junior Year

Sem. Hrs.

First Semester

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Child and Adolescent Studies Free Elective

3

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Clinical Elective

3

SOCI 412

Methods of Sociological Research

3

CAAS 306

Introduction to Field Observations and Experiences

3

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Education Elective

3

 

 

15

Second Semester

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Child and Adolescent Studies Free Elective

3

------------

Education Elective

3

CAAS 314

Child Policy and Program Development

3

CAAS 354

Legal and Ethical Standards

3

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Clinical Elective

3

 

 

15

Senior Year

Sem. Hrs.

First Semester

____ ___

Social Science Elective

3

____ ___

General Elective

3

____ ___

General Elective

3

CAAS 424

Field Practicum and Seminar

6

 

 

15

Second Semester

____ ___

Elective

3

____ ___

General Elective

3

____ ___

General Elective

3

____ ___

General Elective

3

____ ___

Social Sciences Elective

3

 

 

15

  

MINOR PROGRAM (18 CREDITS) 

CAAS 101  Introduction to Child and Adolescent Studies

3

Child Abuse Course (3 semester hours)

 

CAAS 260  Child Abuse & Neglect

3

CAAS 282  Child Abuse & Family Violence             

3

Sociological Topics & Childhood (3 semester hours)

 

CAAS  250  Intergeneration Aspects of Family    

3

CAAS  270  Sociological Issues

3

Ethics and Policy (3 semester hours)

 

CAAS  314  Child Policy & Program Development

3

CAAS  354  Legal & Ethical Standards

3

Two Electives (6 semester hours; courses not already used for the above requirements)

 

CAAS  250  Intergeneration Aspects of Family    

3

CAAS   260  Child Abuse & Neglect           

3

CAAS  270  Sociological Issues

3

CAAS  282  Child Abuse & Family Violence

3

CAAS  314  Child Policy & Program Development

3

CAAS  354  Legal & Ethical Standards       

3

CAAS  360  Art, Music, Dance and Play Therapy  

3

CAAS  412  Therapy with Children and Adolescents                          

3