Child Study, B.A.

Learn to work with children and families in a range of social service or educational settings

As a USJ Child Study interdisciplinary major, you will learn to better understand children (birth through adolescence) and their families from a variety of perspectives.

Program Fact Sheet Program Curriculum


Child Study Internship Opportunities

You will choose two internships from more than 80 approved agencies, which may include:

  • Connecticut Department of Children & Families
  • Catholic Charities
  • Connecticut Juvenile/Family Courts
  • Connecticut Birth to Three Systems
  • Pregnant & Parenting Teen Services
  • Youth Services Bureaus 

Accelerated Master’s Degree Programs

Qualified students can take graduate-level courses during senior year, toward completion of an undergraduate degree, and transfer those credits into the master’s program. This results in significant financial and time saving. Program options include:


Career Opportunities for Child Study Majors

Human Services & State Agencies:

  • Case Worker (Department of Children and Families or adoption agencies)
  • Youth Service Worker (town or city Department of Youth Services)
  • Residential Counselor or Direct Care Counselor (residential treatment facilities)
  • Behavioral Case Worker (behavioral therapy with children with special needs)
  • Juvenile Detention Officer, Probation Officer, Truancy Officer or Child Advocate (CT juvenile justice system)
  • Child Care Resource (referral or hot lines, call centers)
  • Lobbyist or Child Advocate for Children’s Issues
  • Parent Educator (family resource centers)
  • Family Counselor (nonprofit agencies or shelters)

Early Care & Education (Positions That Do Not Require a CT Teaching Certificate):

  • Teacher (private or parochial schools)
  • Teacher (child care program or after-school program)
  • Teacher, Home Visitor, or Educational Coordinator, Head Start or Early Head Start
  • Early Intervention Associate, CT Birth-to-Three System
  • Character Educator (social skills groups in urban schools or community agencies)
  • Educational Consultant or One-on-one Aide (with children with special needs)

Public School Teaching (Positions Requiring a CT Teaching Certificate; See USJ Education Department for More Information):

I am a parent educator, working for The Village for Families & Children with great benefits and tuition reimbursement for graduate school. I will be taking my first mission trip this summer to Central America, working with the children of prisoners and the families at a Kitchen of Love food program.

– H.W., Child Study ’07

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