Child Advocacy


The child advocacy minor is designed to engage students in the study of issues important to children. The program explores three components of child advocacy including child development, the family and other social contexts affecting children, and social, educational and legal strategies for advocacy on children's behalf.



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The program offers an interdisciplinary minor.


interdisciplinary, 5 courses

The minor consists of five courses, with no more than three courses from any one department. The five courses must include one Development core course, one Family or other Social context core course, and one Strategies for Child Advocacy core course. The remaining two courses may be selected from other core course options or from the electives. The five courses selected for the minor must reflect a cohesive theme. Examples of possible themes are Children at Risk, Children in Poverty, or Urban Education. Three of the five courses must be unique to the minor. All courses for the minor must be completed with a grade of C- or better.


Our students choose from a variety of introductory and advanced courses, each designed to provide students with strong critical thinking and analytical skills.

Below you'll find a sampling of some classes that meet the requirements for the child advocacy minor, as well as suggestions for additional studies that could be part of your larger interdisciplinary experience at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

EDUC 203 Children with Disabilities


Develop a thorough understanding of children and youth who experience disabilities by examining how society determines who has disability, the impact labeling has on children's lives, special education, and how children with disabilities fit into the mainstream of American life. Explore the family, social, legal, and educational aspects of disabilities through a variety of perspectives. To learn more about this topic, take EDUC 306 Technology and Children with Disabilities.

ECON 310 Economics and Gender


Take an in-depth look at the economics of the family, household production and the allocation of time, gender and the labor supply, and gender differences in occupation and earnings. Then, examine the gender(s) of law by enrolling in POL 375 Feminist Legal Theory.

SOC 225 Sociology of Family


Explore the question, What is "the family?" Examine two-parent, single-parent, and extended families, what social forces contribute to the rise in divorce, and how cultural norms concerning motherhood and fatherhood have changed over time. Analyze the family as a social institution embedded in particular historical contexts, including industrialization, de-industrialization, and feminism. Next, take EDUC 370 Social Foundations of Multiculturalism to look at schooling in a diverse society.



Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.