At which campus can I study this program?
Requirements for a minor may be completed at any campus location offering the specified courses for the minor. Students may not change from a campus that offers their major to a campus that does not offer their major for the purpose of completing a minor.
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.
|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.
|Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better|
|CMAS 258||Introduction to Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies||3|
|CMAS 465||Child Maltreatment: Prevention and Treatment||3|
|CMAS 466||Systems and Community Responses||3|
|CMAS 493||Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies: Capstone Experience||1-3|
|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|
|Values and Ethics in Biobehavioral Health Research and Practice|
|Human Sexuality as a Health Concern|
|Foundations of Addictions Counseling|
|Counseling and Teaching Youth at Risk|
|Sexual and Domestic Violence|
|The Juvenile Justice System|
|Individual Differences and Education|
|Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies|
|Infant and Child Development|
|Developmental Problems in Childhood and Adolescence|
|Family Participation and Involvement in Child Services|
|Development and Administration of Human Services Programs|
|Introduction to the Fundamentals of Nursing|
|Violence and the Impact on Society|
|Introduction to Forensic Nursing|
|Introduction to Abnormal Psychology|
|Introduction to Well-being and Positive Psychology|
|Introduction to the Psychology of Gender|
|Humanistic, Existential, and Religious Approaches to Psychology|
|Self and Social Judgment|
|Introduction to Rehabilitation and Human Services|
|Introduction to Counseling as a Profession|
|Community Mental Health Practice and Services|
|Children and Families in Rehabilitation Settings and Human Services|
|Case Management and Communication Skills|
|Family in Cross-Cultural Perspective|
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Education Coordinator, Child Maltreatment Solutions Network
202F Henderson Building
University Park, PA 16802
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.