The Children's Studies minor at Illinois State University was established in 2003 to educate future professionals who are interested in concepts of childhood and/or will be working with children. The program utilizes interdisciplinary approaches to understanding children and concepts of childhood. Core courses include child development and the history of the American family. Students also take courses in the Humanities/Fine Arts and the Social Sciences so that they can learn various approaches to both the study of childhood and how children are represented in and participate in the arts.
The field of Children's Studies aims to create both an interdisciplinary awareness and a comprehensive study of children. The primary goal of the field is to understand the psychological, societal, and biological functions of "childhood", and to realize children as both human beings and members of society.
Applications for the Children's Studies minor are always being accepted.