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Child and Adult Advocacy Studies Minor

  • Minor Adds Flexibility to Your Career Options

    Child and Adult Advocacy Studies is an 18-credit interdisciplinary minor that combines courses in the Psychology Department and Sociology Department.

    Designed for current undergraduate students, this minor offers a well-rounded approach that helps you prepare for a wide range of professional career paths.

    It provides mandated reporters and first responders in many disciplines with evidence-based, culturally relevant knowledge and skills to improve the outcomes for victims and perpetrators of interpersonal violence across the lifespan.

    Fields Related to this Minor

    • Criminology
    • Family studies
    • Child protection and advocacy
    • Education
    • Medicine
    • Nursing 
    • Psychology
    • Public health
    • Domestic violence services
    • Sociology
    • Older adult protection and advocacy
    • Social work 

    There are three possible tracks for this minor: for psychology majors, for sociology majors, and for all other majors.

    A 12-credit certificate in Child and Adult Advocacy Studies is offered only for individuals who are already working in professional environments and are seeking additional training and knowledge relevant to their work.

    Coordinators: Consult with the Professor in the Opposite Major

    • Students majoring in psychology and sociology need to consult with the coordinator who is in the opposite program from their major . Sociology majors should consult with professor Pearl Berman, and Psychology majors should consult with professor Dana Hysock Witham.
    • The coordinator for this interdisciplinary program in the Sociology Department is professor Dana Hysock Witham, PhD. She can be reached in her office, 112D McElhaney Hall, or by phone at 724-357-6247.
    • The coordinator for this interdisciplinary program in the Psychology Department is professor Pearl Berman, PhD. She can be reached in her office, 206 Uhler Hall, or by phone at 724-357-2105.

    Coursework for the Three Minor Tracks

    Minor in Child and Adult Advocacy Studies (CAAST) for Psychology Majors (1,2) 18 cr

    Required Courses:
    PSYC 101 General Psychology (3) - *cr
    PSYC 322 Violence Across the Lifespan - 3 cr
    SOC 151 Principles of Sociology (3) - *cr
    SOC 391 Foundations of Sociological Practice - 3 cr
    SOC 392 Clinical Sociological Practice - 3 cr

    Controlled Electives:
    One additional PSYC course from the following list - 3 cr
    PSYC 313 Non-normative Development and Aging
    PSYC 314 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
    PSYC 332 Community Psychology and Prevention Science
    PSYC 380 Gender and Violence
    PSYC 493 Psychological Practicum

    Two additional SOC courses from the following list - 6 cr
    SOC 357 Sociology of Aging and the Life-course
    SOC 427 Social Perspectives on Intimate Partner Violence
    SOC 428 Child Abuse

    (1) Students majoring in Sociology/Human Services track are not eligible to take this minor; instead, they must take the CAAST minor that has been designed for students pursuing a major in Sociology/Human Services track.
    (2) Students who are Psychology majors can only have two PSYC courses that count for their major and the CAAST minor.
    (3) Credits counted in Liberal Studies, not in the minor.

    Minor in Child and Adult Advocacy Studies (CAAST) for Sociology/Human
    Services Track Majors (1,2,3) 18

    Required Courses:
    PSYC 101 General Psychology (4) - *cr
    PSYC 313 Non-normative Development and Aging OR - 3 cr
    PSYC 314 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
    PSYC 322 Violence Across the Lifespan - 3 cr
    PSYC 332 Community Psychology and Prevention Science - 3 cr
    PSYC 380 Gender and Violence - 3 cr
    SOC 151 Principles of Sociology (4) - *cr

    Controlled Electives:
    Two SOC courses from the following list - 6 cr
    SOC 357 Sociology of Aging and the Life-course
    SOC 427 Social Perspectives on Intimate Partner Violence
    SOC 428 Child Abuse

    (1) Students majoring in Psychology are not eligible to take this minor; instead, they must take the CAAST minor that has been designed for students pursuing a major in Psychology.
    (2) Students who are Sociology/Human Services track majors can only have two SOC courses that count for their major and the CAAST minor.
    (3) Sociology/General track majors who wish to get a CAAST minor must take SOC 391 and SOC 392 as part of their free electives.
    (4) Credits counted in Liberal Studies, not in the minor.

    Minor - Child and Adult Advocacy Studies (CAAST) for Majors Other Than
    Psychology and Sociology 18

    Required Courses:
    PSYC 101 General Psychology (1) - *cr
    PSYC 322 Violence Across the Lifespan - 3 cr
    SOC 151 Principles of Sociology (1) - *cr
    SOC 391 Foundations of Sociological Practice - 3 cr
    SOC 392 Clinical Sociological Practice - 3 cr

    Elective Choices: (2)
    Three additional courses from the following list: - 9 cr
    PSYC 313 Non-normative Development and Aging OR
    PSYC 314 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
    PSYC 332 Community Psychology and Prevention Science
    PSYC 380 Gender and Violence
    SOC 357 Sociology of Aging and the Life-course
    SOC 427 Social Perspectives on Intimate Partner Violence
    SOC 428 Child Abuse

    (1) Credits counted in Liberal Studies, not in the minor.
    (2) With the aid of a CAAST minor advisor, students will select classes a) from both PSYC and SOC; and b) that will cover the spectrum of violence across the lifespan.