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Major in Child Studies

Peabody has long had great strength in the area of Child Studies. The 36-hour interdisciplinary undergraduate major in Child Studies draws on courses from Psychology, Education, Special Education, and Human and Organizational Development.

The major is excellent pre-professional preparation for students interested in graduate school in Psychology or Education, in law (e.g., child and family advocacy), or in various health related areas (e.g., medicine, nursing) involving children. It is also appropriate for students who are interested in gaining a broader understanding of children and families in contemporary society.

The major areas covered are: Developmental Psychology, Learning, Research Methods, Language and Literacy, and Families, Community and Diversity. Interested students should discuss the program with Leigh Scheer, director of undergraduate studies.

Honors Program

The Honors Program in Child Studies offers qualified majors the opportunity to conduct individual research projects in collaboration with faculty members. This research experience culminates in the writing and public presentation of a senior thesis.

Students who major in Child Studies are eligible to apply for the Honors Program at the end of their sophomore year if they have an overall grade point average of at least 3.3 and at least a 3.3 in Child Studies courses. Students who complete the program successfully and who have a final grade point average of at least 3.3 will receive Honors in Child Studies.

The program should substantially aid those intending to do graduate work. More specific information concerning admission to and the requirements of the Honors Program is available here, from the Director of the Child Studies Program, or the department educational activities coordinator.

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