Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies, Minor

Program Code: CMAS_UMNR

Program Description

The Intercollege minor in Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies is designed for students who wish to supplement their academic majors with studies in child protection and well-being. The minor provides students with a broad and interdisciplinary introduction to child maltreatment and serves to establish foundational knowledge of the history and etiology of child maltreatment, the structure and administration of child protective service systems, and the identification, investigation, treatment, and prevention of child maltreatment. Students completing this minor will have an understanding of the issues surrounding child maltreatment and advocacy and will be better prepared for professions across a variety of settings that serve children. To meet a diverse range of student interests, four core courses (12 credits) establish foundational knowledge in child maltreatment and advocacy and two elective courses (6 credits) offer opportunities for students to select course options aligned with their professional goals. A capstone course involving field work, research, or other relevant work is required.

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The CMAS minor is an interdisciplinary minor designed to allow students majoring in any discipline (ie: BBH, CN ED, CRIM, ED PSY, HDFS NURSING, PSYCH, RHS, and SOC) to enhance their knowledge/professional skills to work in any profession that serves and protects children.


Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

For the minor in Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies a minimum of 18 credits are required.

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CMAS 2583
CMAS 465Child Maltreatment: Prevention and Treatment3
CMAS 466Systems and Community Responses3
CMAS 493Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies: Capstone Experience3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Introduction to Health and Human Sexuality Keystone/General Education Course
Human Sexuality as a Health Concern
Foundations of Addictions Counseling
Counseling and Teaching Youth at Risk
Criminology Keystone/General Education Course
Sexual and Domestic Violence
The Juvenile Justice System
Individual Differences and Education Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies Keystone/General Education Course
Infant and Child Development Keystone/General Education Course
Adolescent Development Keystone/General Education Course
Developmental Problems in Childhood and Adolescence
Family Participation and Involvement in Child Services
Development and Administration of Human Services Programs
NURS 111
Introduction to the Fundamentals of Nursing
Violence and the Impact on Society Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Forensic Nursing
Introduction to the Psychology of Gender Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Well-being and Positive Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Self and Social Judgment
Humanistic, Existential, and Religious Approaches to Psychology
Child Psychopathology
Introduction to Rehabilitation and Human Services
Introduction to Counseling as a Profession
Case Management and Communication Skills
Community Mental Health Practice and Services
Children and Families in Rehabilitation Settings and Human Services
Social Problems Keystone/General Education Course
Family in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university's academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.


University Park

Cheri McConnell
Education Coordinator, Child Maltreatment Solutions Network
202F Henderson Building
University Park, PA 16802


Janet Melnick
Associate Teaching Professor
111B Dawson Building
Dunmore, PA 18512

Career Paths

The minor in Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies provides broad, foundational knowledge on the protection of children that is applicable to multiple educational and career pathways. Students receive both academic knowledge and real-world internship experiences that offer them a chance to explore potential career interests working with children or adolescents. With this minor, students set themselves up for career and educational success with specific, marketable skills in the detection, treatment, and prevention of child maltreatment.


The broad overview of child protection and advocacy including detection, treatment, and prevention of child maltreatment that you will receive gives you a better understanding to work in professions involving children to include, but not limited to: counseling, law enforcement, health, research, social work, education, forensic sciences, child welfare, and law.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Child protection and advocacy studies are relevant to masters and doctoral graduate programs across many academic disciplines, including Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Nursing, Pediatrics, Criminology, Forensic Psychology, and Education, among others.


University Park

202 Henderson Building
University Park, PA 16802


111B Dawson Building
Dunmore, PA 18512