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Child Psychology Minor

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College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2012
  • Required credits in this minor: 16
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.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 1 courses before admission to the program.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Preparatory Courses
PSTL 1281 - Principles of Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
or PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
CPSY 2301 - Introductory Child Psychology (4.0 cr)
or CPSY 3301 - Introductory Child Psychology for Social Sciences (4.0 cr)
Minor Requirements
Minor Courses
Take CPSY 3308, two courses in child psychological development, and an elective course at 3xxx or above.
CPSY 3308W - Introduction to Research Methods in Child Psychology [WI] (4.0 cr)
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· CPSY 4329 - Biological Foundations of Development (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4331 - Social and Personality Development (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4343 - Cognitive Development (3.0 cr)
Take 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CPSY 3xxx
· CPSY 4xxx
· CPSY 5xxx
 
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PSTL 1281 - Principles of Psychology (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00518 - PSTL 1281/PSTL 1289/Psy 1001
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Terminology, theories, and results of research in sensation, perception, cognition, motivation, emotion, learning, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic practices, health, and social behavior. prereq: Have not received college credit for intro psych
PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00518 - PSTL 1281/Psy 1001/Psy 1001H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Scientific study of human behavior. Problems, methods, findings of modern psychology.
CPSY 2301 - Introductory Child Psychology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01677
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to the science of child behavior; review of theory and research. prereq: 4 cr intro psych
CPSY 3301 - Introductory Child Psychology for Social Sciences
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01677 - CPsy 2301/CPsy 3301
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
The science of child behavior; review of theory and research. Designed for majors in psychology, sociology, and related disciplines; not suggested for child psychology majors.
CPSY 3308W - Introduction to Research Methods in Child Psychology (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Techniques used in the study of child development; emphasis on collection, organization, and analysis of data. prereq: 2301, Psy 1001
CPSY 4329 - Biological Foundations of Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Evolutionary theory and behavioral genetics applied to understanding of development of human behavior; formation of species-typical adaptive behavior and individual differences in infancy, childhood, and adolescence. This course is only offered Fall semesters. prereq: 2301 or equiv
CPSY 4331 - Social and Personality Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Development of social relations and personality; research, methodology, and contrasting theoretical perspectives. Survey of findings on interpersonal relationships, the concept of self, prosocial and antisocial behavior, and acquisition of social roles. prereq: 2301, Psy 1001
CPSY 4343 - Cognitive Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Cognitive processes; relevant theory, research literature, and methodology. prereq: 2301