Cultivate your critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Discover the fascinating ways children absorb and reflect their environments. Research critical, often complex influencers, from family, society, religion and culture to race, class, gender and sexuality. The child and adolescent studies major offers four concentrations: child life, research, pre-occupational therapy, and child mental health and welfare. In each of your classes, you’ll learn foundational knowledge to work with diverse populations, apply research and theories, and enhance your passion for helping young people. As a student, you will:
- Develop effective strategies to meet the distinct needs and demands of school-age children
- Identify cultural, biological, psychological and environmental influences on development
- Learn the legal and ethical issues around working with children
- Explore traditional and emerging methods of social research
- Communicate important child-related issues to policy and decision-makers
- Analyze the developmental and cognitive stages of school-age children
Our core requirements and electives are designed to give students the opportunity to engage children and adolescents from a variety of perspectives. The program’s interdisciplinary foundation will help you understand how the world affects a child, how a child affects the world and how to serve them in between, no matter how you ultimately put your credentials and knowledge to use.
Join: Our campus hosts an active Child and Adolescent Studies Association as well as a chapter of Tau Upsilon Alpha honors society, the national organization for human services.
Experience: You won’t just learn from our knowledgeable faculty — you’ll apply what you learn from them to get hands-on experience of your own. Internships are an integral part of the education journey. Faculty help students find placement opportunities but students are also encouraged to find their own and have worked in occupational therapy facilities, shelters, hospitals and schools.
Graduates of the Child and Adolescent Studies program build gratifying careers and pursue advanced study in early childhood and adolescent development, education, youth advocacy, social work and counseling. More than 75 percent advance to graduate school within two years of graduation from Bowie State. The specialization that they earn here opens opportunities in juvenile corrections, counseling centers, hospitals and hospices, daycares and schools, social welfare and adoption agencies, youth centers, and nonprofits, including:
- Teacher or educator
- Early childhood program administrator
- Counselor or therapist
- Childcare director
- Occupational therapist
- Child life specialist
- Family attorney
- Youth program coordinator
- Social worker
- Research analyst
- Teacher’s aide or paraprofessional
- Teen parenting mentor