Apr 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Child and Adolescent Studies, BA/BS


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This major introduces students to the scientific study of the life, development, and socialization of children and adolescents. The Child and Adolescent Studies Program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that prepares the student for a wide range of research, assessment, evaluation and management opportunities in institutions and agencies serving children and adolescents, such as: juvenile correctional institutions, Head Start administration and programs, counseling centers, children’s hospitals and hospices, daycare centers, schools, social welfare agencies, adoption agencies, youth centers, clinical settings, street outreach, transitional living, entrepreneurship, and more.

Majors are required to earn at least a “C” in all courses in their major. Seniors are also required to perform one semeser (150 hours) of field placement. 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 & Adolescent Studies, the student must complete 120 hours.

The Child and Adolescent Studies Program provides:

  • Small classes
  • Integration of learning to experience
  • Day, evening, and SUMMER classes
  • Courses to enhance parenting and professional skills
  • Counseling and training services for students, incarcerated mothers and welfare to work mothers, and others
  • Cultural pedagogical models
  • Cultural coping strategies
  • Indigenous storytelling

Development Electives - 3 Semester hours chosen from:


Choose one from the list below (3 Semester hours) 

Tracks/Concentrations


Child Life Track


This track prepares students for the certification examination for child life (children’s therapy in hospitals) and is based on the necessary courses for graduate admission in Child Life [18 credit hours]

Child Mental & Wellness Health Services Track


This track supports careers in child advocacy and youth outreach and mentorship and preparation for graduate training in counseling, social work or marriage and family therapy [Choice of six courses (18 credit hours) from list below]

Developmental Research Track


This track prepares students for graduate studies in research-heavy fields related to this major such as public policy and child development (18 credit hours)

Pre-Occupational Therapy Concentration


This concentration prepares students for a job as a occupational therapy assistant and allow students to have the prerequisites for graduate studies in occupational therapy [26 credit hours]

Sample Program


Freshman Year


Sophomore Year


First Semester


Total: 15

Second Semester


Total: 14

Junior Year


First Semester


  • ____ ____ Child Development Elective 3 Credits
  • ____ ____ CAAS Free Elective 3 Credits
  • ____ ____ Clinical Elective 3 Credits
  • ____ ____ Education Elective 3 Credits
  • ____ ____ Free Elective 3 Credits
Total: 15

Second Semester


Total: 15

Senior Year


First Semester


Total: 15

Second Semester


Total: 18

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