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Dr. Christine A. Hunt
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What Can I do With This Major?


Become a leader & advocate for children and families

SBU Childhood StudiesThe undergraduate childhood studies major is designed for students who want to develop knowledge and skills necessary for careers working with children and families in a wide variety of settings.

Childhood studies majors develop skills that are valued in the work force, including those that focus on child development from multiple perspectives, such as an understanding of typically developing children, special needs children and the needs of young children; an understanding of planning and organization of programs; and a strong emphasis on collaboration and community involvement.

The Childhood Studies degree provides students with a strong foundation in the liberal arts. The courses in the major will help students develop expertise in areas such as:

  • Child development
  • Understanding special needs children
  • Planning and preparing programs, events and activities
  • Behavior and behavior intervention
  • Collaboration with families and community members

Childhood Studies Program Internship

Childhood studies majors complete an internship in a community setting during their senior year. The internship is individually designed to meet the career goals of each student. During the internship, the student identifies a problem to be studied, a program to be developed or a collaborative partnership to develop. Students work with university faculty and site supervisors during this internship.

A wide range of career options are open to students who complete the Childhood Studies degree program. Sample career paths might be those in areas such as:
  • law as a child advocate
  • children's publishing (print & web)
  • social work
  • school or community counseling
  • children's museums
  • children's theater
  • day care operations
  • recreation
  • advocacy/public service
  • health and wellness
Childhood studies majors are encouraged to pursue a minor related to their career goals.  Potential minors are: 
  • Journalism/Mass Communications
  • Sociology or Social Work
  • Psychology
  • Business
  • Political Science
  • Philosophy of Law
  • English
  • Theater

Faculty Research & Honors

    May 25, 2016

    Dr. Nancy Casey, Dr. René Hauser and Dr. Anne Foerst
    Academic Leadership Institute participants
    Academic Leadership Institute Participants

    Three faculty members were nominated by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs to participate in the Academic Leadership Institute (ALI) of the Western New York Consortium of Higher Education. The 2015-16 participants were Dr. Nancy Casey, associate professor of education and acting dean of the School of Education; Dr. René Hauser, associate professor of education and director of the Differentiated Instruction program; and Dr. Anne Foerst, director of the Individualized Major program, Teagle Team Leader and associate professor of computer science. Each of the faculty members attended sessions provided by regional education leaders and worked with small groups to develop presentations on pertinent higher education topics. Dr. Hauser's presentation can be viewed at, and Dr. Casey's can be viewed at

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