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School of Social Work

Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) Minor


The 18-hour Child Advocacy Studies minor has certain prerequisites, but is open to all majors. The minor:

  • Provides students with knowledge of how to organize and implement a multidisciplinary response to child maltreatment
  • Focuses on experiential, interdisciplinary, ethical, and culturally sensitive content that provides a collective knowledge base for responding to child maltreatment for professionals who work with children
  • Was developed to better equip students to carry out the work of various agencies and systems (healthcare, criminal justice, social services) as they advocate on behalf of the needs of children as victims and survivors of child abuse
  • Is interdisciplinary and requires students to take courses within multiple disciplines including criminal justice, psychology, sociology, and child and family studies
  • Is supported by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office; Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi; and Mississippi’s Child Protective Services



Dr. Tamara Hurst at tamara.hurstFREEMississippi or 601.266.4173.