Since the study of children and childhood is a subject with global significance, Children’s Studies Minors are encouraged to study abroad and to consider the possibility of integrating study-abroad coursework into their minor. The Children’s Studies Minor has sponsored students in the Child Development and Diversity track of the DIS program in Copenhagen, Denmark, among others. The minor has also awarded elective credit for courses taken abroad under the primary sponsorship of another WU academic program. Our minors have recently studied not only in Copenhagen but also in London, England; Queensland, Australia; and Durban, South Africa.
However, it is important that degrees awarded by Washington University maintain the integrity and quality of its academic programs. Therefore, the following guidelines apply to Children’s Studies minors who wish to study abroad:
- No more than the equivalent of three Washington University credit hours from another institution can be applied to the minor in Children’s Studies. Credit will be awarded only for those courses which have been approved by the Children’s Studies Minor.
- In order to facilitate the granting of credit, any potential Children’s Studies coursework should be cleared with the minor’s Study Abroad Advisor prior to going abroad, and a detailed description (or syllabus if available) for the specific course(s) the student is taking for Children’s Studies credit should be emailed to the Study Abroad Advisor at the beginning of the study-abroad term.
- Most courses taken at another institution will be counted as electives for the purpose of Children’s Studies Minor requirements. A core course for the Children’s Studies Minor could be taken elsewhere if and only if both the Washington University home department for that course and the Children’s Studies Minor recognize the course as fully equivalent. (To the best of our knowledge, this would only apply to Developmental Psychology courses at a few institutions.) The minor’s foundation course, Interdisciplinary Introduction to Children’s Studies, must be taken at Washington University.
Please contact Dr. Wendy Love Anderson, the Study Abroad Advisor for the Children’s Studies Minor, with any questions.