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Child Psychology B.A.

Institute of Child Development
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2014
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 37 to 42
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Child psychology deals with behavioral development from the prenatal period to maturity in the areas of cognition, ethology, genetics, language, learning, perception, and social behavior. The Institute of Child Development, housed in the College of Education and Human Development, offers a bachelor of arts, a bachelor of science, and a minor in child psychology through the College of Liberal Arts. All undergraduate child psychology courses are considered CLA courses and count toward the CLA graduation requirements. Majors may not receive a second major or baccalaureate degree in psychology nor apply psychology, educational psychology, or child and adolescent psychiatry credits to the minimum 18 upper-level credits required outside the major. These credits fall neither inside or outside the major. The B.A. program places a stronger emphasis on the applied aspects of Child Psychology. Emphasizing a more applied approach to Child Psychology, the B.A. requires field study participation (or directed research experience), allowing students to gain practical experience in the field of Child Psychology. Students have the opportunity to take a course in Social Work, Youth Studies, Early Childhood Education, Public Health, or Cultural Anthropology. With a combination of intensive training in developmental psychology and a field study experience, the program prepares students for careers and additional training in such areas as early childhood education, counseling, and human service programs. Students are required to meet the second language requirement as determined by CLA.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 2 courses before admission to the program.
An introduction to psychology course must be completed before admission into the major. Students may formally declare the major with CPSY 2301 in progress.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Preparatory Courses
PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
or PSTL 1281 - Principles of Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
CPSY 2301 - Introductory Child Psychology (4.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major or minor in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major or minor (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students are required to take 4 semester(s) of any second language.
Students may earn no more than one undergraduate degree in child psychology: a B.A. or a B.S. or a minor. Students may combine the B.A. in child psychology with the minor in psychology. Beginning fall 2012, all incoming CLA freshman must complete the appropriate First Year Experience course sequence. Specific information about this collegiate requirement can be found at: http://class.umn.edu/degree_requirements/index.html
Foundational Courses
Take two courses for a total of 7-8 credits.
CPSY 3308W - Introduction to Research Methods in Child Psychology [WI] (4.0 cr)
EPSY 3264 - Basic and Applied Statistics [MATH] (3.0 cr)
or SOC 3811 - Basic Social Statistics [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis [MATH] (4.0 cr)
Core Courses
Take a minimum of six courses and 18 credits. Note: other courses may count toward the ANTH 3003/CPSY 4993/PUBH 3004/SW 1001 requirement only with previous adviser approval.
CPSY 4331 - Social and Personality Development (3.0 cr)
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· ANTH 3003 - Cultural Anthropology (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4993 - Directed Experiences in Early Childhood Education (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 3004 - Basic Concepts in Personal and Community Health (4.0 cr)
· SW 1001 - Introduction to the World of Social Work: A Global Perspective (3.0 cr)
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· CPSY 4302 - Infant Development (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4303 - Adolescent Psychology (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4334W - Children, Youth in Society [WI] (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4336W - Development and Interpersonal Relations [WI] (4.0 cr)
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· CPSY 4311 - Behavioral and Emotional Problems of Children (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4313W - Disabilities and Development [WI] (4.0 cr)
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· CPSY 4341 - Perceptual Development (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4343 - Cognitive Development (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4345 - Language Development and Communication (3.0 cr)
Field Study or Directed Research
Take a minimum of 2 credits.
CPSY 4996 - Field Study in Child Psychology (1.0-4.0 cr)
or CPSY 4994 - Directed Research in Child Psychology (1.0-4.0 cr)
Senior Project
Honors students should consult the Honors UHP Program Sub-plan for senior project requirements.
CPSY 4347W - Senior Project [WI] (2.0 cr)
 
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