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The Children & Society Bridging Disciplines Program (BDP) Certificate offers students the opportunity to explore a variety of disciplinary approaches to the psychology and development of children and the social forces that impact them. The Children & Society BDP is designed to complement a range of majors and to prepare students for careers in fields such as advocacy, health care, research, public policy, and teaching.

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Applications for the Bridging Disciplines Programs are accepted twice a year, during the fall and spring semesters. Learn additional information and how to apply to the BDPs. Interested students can attend an information session, which are offered throughout the semester.

Any degree-seeking undergraduate at UT-Austin is eligible to apply to the BDPs. Students must plan to be enrolled at UT-Austin as a degree-seeking undergraduate for at least two semesters after the semester in which they apply to the BDP. The BDPs are open to undergraduate students from every college and school at UT-Austin, view eligibility and benefits. Learn about advising services for Children & Society BDP students.

Required Courses

With 19 credit hours of coursework and connecting experiences, students may earn a BDP certificate in Children & Society. View a complete list of courses and requirements.


    Students may focus their Children & Society certificate on one of eight strands:
    • Adolescence
    • Children and the Family
    • Children and Health
    • Children and Public Policy
    • Children, Media and the Arts
    • Early Childhood Intervention
    • Education, Language, and Literacy
    • Intervention and Vulnerable Children


BDP students are interested in taking an interdisciplinary approach to topics to become more flexible, versatile thinkers prepared for a professional world.

View student profiles to learn about personal experiences in the Children & Society BDP.


After completing 19 credit hours consisting of coursework, research, and internship experiences, students earn a certificate that will be recognized on students' transcripts, demonstrating a secondary area of specialization that complements their major. By pursuing an interdisciplinary certificate, students in the BDPs learn to become more flexible, versatile thinkers, better prepared for a professional world that values innovation and collaboration. Students in the BDPs gain access to unique research and internship experiences at UT and around the world, giving them hands-on experience applying what they have learned in the classroom.