University of Guelph 1998-99 Undergraduate Calendar

X--Degree Programs

Child Studies

Department of Family Studies, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences.

The Child Studies major, administered by the Department of Family Studies, examines the growth and development of children and adolescents, and the psychological, social and physical conditions which influence human development. A background in the social and biological sciences provides a base for more focused study on particular areas of child development. Through the effective use of elective courses, the core requirements in the major can be supplemented to create a program of study which will prepare graduates for a variety of career patterns in children's services. Graduates are pursuing child-related careers in a variety of settings, including family and community service agencies, children's treatment facilities, paediatric wards in hospitals, elementary schools, and child care centres. Further academic preparation may be required for certain careers. Many graduates go on to pursue graduate education in fields such as family studies, human development, psychology, social work, speech pathology, and physiotherapy.

The Child Studies major, all students must include the following core of [12.50] required credits and [2.00] restricted electives to a minimum of [20.00] passed credits. Students are encouraged to plan their use of electives carefully in order to focus their program on one or a combination of the career options open to graduates. Active discussion with a departmental advisor regarding the various choices possible from within the major is strongly recommended. Students will normally register for courses according to the semesters indicated below for Fall and Winter sequencing. Students who register for Spring semesters and other students for whom the semester offerings present difficulty may, where they have the approval of their departmental advisor, take some courses in alternative semesters.


Semester 1

80-110 [0.50] Principles of Behaviour
80-120 [0.50] Dynamics of Behaviour
86-110 [0.50] Sociology
One of 37-120, 37-140, 44-120
[0.50] elective or restricted elective

Note: one course must be 15-102 if the student does not have standing in OAC Biology or equivalent.

Semester 2

39-226 [0.50] Infant Development
39-201 [0.50] Couple and Family Relationships
40-100 [0.50] Concepts in Human Genetics
71-101 [0.50] Nutrition and Society
[0.50] elective or restricted elective

Semester 3

26-202 [0.50] Information Management
39-227 [0.50] Development in Early and Middle Childhood
71-205 [0.50] Family and Community Nutrition
89-208 [0.50] Introductory Applied Statistics I
98-200 [0.50] Concepts of Physiology

Semester 4

39-204 [0.50] Play and Programming for Young Children
39-211 [0.50] The Exceptional Child in the Family
39-308 [0.50] Adolescent Development
39-206 [0.50] Adult Development and Aging
89-209 [0.50] Introductory Applied Statistics II

Semester 5

39-317 [0.50] Practicum--Child Studies I *
39-304 [0.50] Parenting: Research and Applications
39-307 [0.50] Research Methods - Family Studies
39-340 [0.50] Communication in Family Consultation
[0.50] elective or restricted elective

*May be taken in semester 6.

Semester 6

39-316 [0.50] Principles of Assessment and Intervention
[2.00] electives or restricted electives

Semester 7

39-417 [1.00] Practicum--Child Studies II
[1.50] electives or restricted electives

Semester 8

[2.50] electives or restricted electives

Restricted Electives

In addition to the [12.50] required credits, [2.00] must be taken as follows:

[1.50] from the Department of Family Studies at the 400 level.
One of:
32-220 [0.50] Introduction to Women's Studies
74-206 [0.50] Philosophy of Feminism
86-340 [0.50] Sociology of Gender


There are [5.50] electives throughout the major which may be fulfilled by electing courses in any subject provided that the student has the prerequisite courses and can schedule them.

Some elective courses are intended to contribute to a liberal education while others permit students to work towards specific academic and career goals by making their own selection of electives to coordinate with the core requirements.

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