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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 Fall 2015
  • Required credits in this minor: 20 to 21
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.
Students may formally declare the major with CPSY 2301 in progress. Note: CPSY 2301 carries a 4-credit introduction to psychology pre-requisite (PSY 1001 or PSTL 1281).
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Preparatory Course
CPSY 2301 - Introduction to Child Psychology (4.0 cr)
Minor Requirements
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 child psychology minor with the B.A. or the B.S. in psychology, but not both.
Foundational Course
CPSY 3308W - Introduction to Research Methods in Child Psychology [WI] (4.0 cr)
Core Courses
Take 4 courses for 12-13 credits.
CPSY 4331 - Social and Personality Development (3.0 cr)
CPSY 4343 - Cognitive Development (3.0 cr)
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· CPSY 4303 - Adolescent Psychology (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4311 - Behavioral and Emotional Problems of Children (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4313W - Disabilities and Development [WI] (4.0 cr)
· CPSY 4334W - Children, Youth in Society [WI] (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4336 - Development and Interpersonal Relationships (3.0 cr)
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· CPSY 4302 - Infant Development (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4329 - Biological Foundations of Development (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4341 - Perceptual Development (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4345 - Language Development and Communication (3.0 cr)
 
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CPSY 2301 - Introduction to 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.
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 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
CPSY 4303 - Adolescent Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Overview of development in the second decade of life. Interactions of adolescents with family, school, and society. prereq: Psy 1001
CPSY 4311 - Behavioral and Emotional Problems of Children
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Behavioral and emotional problems of children and adolescents; psychopathology contrasted to normal development; symptoms, causes, course, and prevention of common disorders, excluding physical and sensory handicaps. prereq: 2301 or equiv
CPSY 4313W - Disabilities and Development (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Surveys all areas of exceptionality. Mental, hearing, vision, physical, speech, language handicaps. Learning disabilities. Autism. Emotional/behavior disorders. Giftedness. prereq: Psy 1001
CPSY 4334W - Children, Youth in Society (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Child development principles relative to social policy decision making. Issues in applying theories, findings to problems (e.g., media influences, mainstreaming, day care, child abuse, effects of peers). prereq: 2301
CPSY 4336 - Development and Interpersonal Relationships
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Processes and functions of interactions with personal relationships across the lifespan; analysis of theory and research on developmental changes and influences.
CPSY 4302 - Infant Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Perceptual, motor, emotional, social, and cognitive development during the first two years of life; the developing infant in his or her social and physical environment. prereq: 2301 or instr consent
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 4341 - Perceptual Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Perceptual learning and the development of sensory and perceptual processes. prereq: 2301
CPSY 4345 - Language Development and Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Structure and function of language; factors influencing development; methodological problems, language scales, theories. prereq: 2301