Children and Society

Choosing Your Path

The Interdisciplinary Children and Society program is for students desiring a focused yet broad exposure to the complex and interconnected issues surrounding today’s youth and their families. This program allows students to explore a variety of topics related to the educational and social development of children. Students also have the opportunity to discover the range of challenges and difficulties faced by children. Similarly, the program offers students a chance to identify early warning signs that children are “in trouble” and determine the best courses of action to help children to succeed in a complex world.

With careful selection of courses in consultation with an academic advisor, students in the Children and Society program may also complete the state-approved Professional Education minor.

Capstone Experience
During the senior year each student will enroll in a capstone experience consisting of both an internship and a research project. Under the instructor’s guidance, the student will be assigned an internship either in Criminal Justice or Legal Studies or Student teaching/Practicum/Teaching internship*. A research topic based on the student’s goals and the instructor’s guidance will be assigned and will culminate with a senior research paper presented to an interdisciplinary committee.

Representative Courses
American Criminal Justice System
Juvenile Justice
Applied Foundations of Education
General Methods for Teaching K-12 Students
Introduction to Child Welfare
Adolescents at Risk
Families and Family Treatment
Child Development
Psychology of Adolescents
Family Law
Adolescents at Risk

Career Opportunities
Child Welfare Advocate
Guidance Counselor
Social Worker
Guardian Ad Litem
Case Manager
Parole Officer

For complete information about this degree program, we invite you to contact:

Kathrine Johnson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Coordinator
Criminal Justice Program
University of West Florida
1170 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Building 4 Office 458
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Degree Information

Academic Learning Compact Social Sciences

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