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Dr. Nancy Casey, Chair
ncasey@sbu.edu
(716) 375-2141
Plassmann Hall Room B48
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778

What Can I do With This Major?

CHILDHOOD STUDIES

Become a leader & advocate for children and families

SBU Childhood StudiesThe undergraduate major in childhood studies 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.

This major 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 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 completing the major.  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

Sinesiou, Craig C.

Titles/Responsibilities Lecturer
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Elementary Education
Contact Information Office Phone: (716) 375-2451
E-mail: csinesio@sbu.edu 
Office Location Plassmann Hall, B46
Courses Taught
  • CHST 493. Internship in Childhood Studies 
  • DIFF 509. Communication and Collaboration for Standards-based Differentiated Instruction 
  • SPED 230. Introduction to Special Education  
  • SPED 460. Communication and Collaboration Skills for Educators 
  • University 101: Skills for the Good Journey  
Academic Degrees
  • M.A., School Psychology, Alfred University
  • B.A., Psychology, Alfred University
Personal Interests/Community Involvement
  • Theater productions
  • Children’s Theatre Workshop
  • Boy Scouts
  • Presenting workshops pertaining to Special Education within the surrounding communities.
  • I also enjoy just talking with students about life.
Other Education
Professional Background
Accomplishments Along with my wife, Punkie, won a contest for naming a new Crayola crayon.
Teaching Philosophy My teaching philosophy is forever evolving. Briefly stated, I believe students need to do more than regurgitate facts, what some refer to as “bulimic learning.” Content subject matter should not be taught in isolation; students need to see the relationship among various subject areas. They need to be able to understand theory and know how to apply it so that it becomes relevant in their world. They need to know “how to think,” to be able to evaluate, synthesize, and analyze information, and to be able to ask “what if…?” and “how can I make a change or a difference…?” 
Current Research Interests/Projects
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