Childhood & Adolescence Studies

The Certificate in Childhood and Adolescence Studies covers topics related to children and their social worlds. Through its classes, students examine how race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability impact development and cognition.

UWM's Certificate in Childhood and Adolescence Studies (CAS) is an interdisciplinary program built around a core of liberal arts courses. The primary course offerings are in sociology and psychology, with other complementary courses drawn in from health sciences, social work, education, and criminal justice.

Students complete the certificate with a better understanding of children and adolescence and how they are affected by society, culture, religion, politics, economics, health, and education policy. The certificate complements a number of different majors including education, psychology, sociology, social work and political science, and can make graduates more marketable for jobs that involve working with children.

Download our fact sheet to the right to learn more about this certificate.

Certificate Requirements

Total Childhood and Adolescent Studies Credits

18 credits

Required Core Courses (6 Credits)

Psych 260 - Child Psychology, 3 credits

Social 448 - Sociology of Children and Adolescents, 3 credits

Elective Courses (12 credits)

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.

Letters & Science – at least 6 credits are required

  • Africol 451 - Rites of Passage in Black Societies, 3 credits
  • Africol 565 - Selected Texts/Topics in Africology: "Raising Children, 'Race-ing' Children" subtitle, 3 credits
  • CompLit 135 - Experiencing Literature in the 21st Century: “Youth Culture in the Middle East Through Literature, Art, and Film” subtitle, 3 credits
  • English/FilmStd 312 - Topics in Film Studies: “Troubled Teens” subtitle, 3 credits
  • FilmStd 212 - Intermediate Topics in Film Studies: "Teens on TV" subtitle, 3 credits
  • French 426 - Growing Up French, 3 credits
  • Honors 200 - Honors Seminar: The Shaping of the Modern Mind - "Growing Up" subtitle, 3 credits
  • IntlSt 550 - Senior Seminar in International Studies: "Global Youth Language and Culture" subtitle, 3 credits
  • Psych 205 - Personality, 3 credits
  • Psych 660 - Experimental Child Psychology, 3 credits
  • Social 246 - Juvenile Delinquency, 3 credits
  • Social 248 - Sociology of Education, 3 credits

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

  • ComsDis 240 - Normal Speech and Language Development, 3 credits
  • Crm Jst 671 - Juvenile Justice, 3 credits
  • CurrIns 233 - Introduction to Children’s and Young Adult Literature, 3 credits
  • CurrIns 650 - Reading Interests of Adolescents, 3 credits
  • CurrIns 651 - Literature for the Young Child, 3 credits
  • Ed Pol 534 - The Student at Risk (Causes), 3 credits
  • Ed Pol 580 - An Overview of Child/Youth Care (jointly offered with ExcEduc 580 & Soc Wrk 580), 3 credits
  • Ed Pol 581 - Youth Work Practice (jointly offered with ExcEduc 581& Soc Wrk 581), 3 credits
  • Ed Psy 330 - Introduction to Learning and Development, 3 credits
  • Ed Psy 640 - Human Development: Theory and Research, 3 credits
  • ExcEduc 580 - An Overview of Child/Youth Care (jointly offered with Ed Pol 580 & Soc Wrk 580), 3 credits
  • ExcEduc 581 - Youth Work Practice (jointly offered with Ed Pol 581 & Soc Wrk 581), 3 credits
  • ExcEduc 600 - Survey of Exceptional Education, 3 credits
  • HCA 203 - Human Life Cycle, 3 credits
  • L&I Sci 645 (648) - Library Materials for Children, 3 credits
  • L&I Sci 646 (658) - Library Materials for Young Adults, 3 credits
  • L&I Sci 691 - Special Topics in Information Science: "African American History in Children's Literature"
    "GLBTQ Literature for Young Adults"
    "Multicultural Children's Literature" subtitles, 3 credits
  • Nurs 203 - Human Growth and Development Across the Life Span, 3 credits
  • Nutr 245 - Life Cycle Nutrition, 3 credits
  • PH 206 - Child and Adolescent Health, 3 credits
  • PH 306 - Adolescent Health and Development, 3 credits
  • Soc Wrk 250 (350) - Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 3 credits
  • Soc Wrk 562 - Child and Family Services, 3 credits
  • Soc Wrk 580 - An Overview of Child/Youth Care (jointly offered with Ed Pol 580 and ExcEduc 580), 3 credits
  • Soc Wrk 581 - Youth Work Practice (jointly offered with Ed Pol 581 and ExcEduc 581), 3 credits

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.

Additional Information

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 & 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.

GPA Requirements

To obtain the certificate, the student must complete, with a minimum grade point average of 2.500. Courses for the certificate may not be taken on a credit/no credit basis.