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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 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 20 to 21
Child psychology focuses on 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 minor with CPSY 2301 in progress.
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)
or CPSY 3301 - Introduction to Child Psychology for Social Sciences (4.0 cr)
Minor Requirements
Students may earn no more than one undergraduate degree in child psychology: a BA, a BS, or a minor. Students may combine the child psychology minor with the BA or the BS 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 to 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 1334 - Global Issues on Children and Youth in Society [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· 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 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 3301 - Introduction to Child Psychology for Social Sciences
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01677 - CPsy 2301/CPsy 3301
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
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 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 1334 - Global Issues on Children and Youth in Society (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Provides an introduction to science, ethics, and ramifications in civic life of controversial issues concerning child or youth development in contemporary societies. Examines topics of ethical and civic concern and interest to parents, society, and young people and how developmental science informs these issues and policies as well as the decisions and actions of citizens in society. Students gain a basic understanding of how developmental research and theory inform policy and practices of societies as well as the individual decisions of parents, teachers, community members, and other citizens that influence the lives of children and youth. This course also examines how social issues influence science and its translation to action. Students will be exposed to a wide range of issues about children and youth that currently confront many societies around the world, and the state of the research evidence pertinent to these issues. Students will also learn how research is translated and disseminated so that it can inform policy and practice.
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 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