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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 Fall 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 37 to 40
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
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. 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 (CLA). All undergraduate child psychology courses are considered CLA courses and count toward the CLA graduation requirements. Majors may not receive a second major or second baccalaureate degree in psychology. The bachelor of arts program places a stronger emphasis on the applied aspects of child psychology. Emphasizing a more applied approach to child psychology, the BA 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 1 courses before admission to the program.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Introduction to Child Psychology
This requirement may be in progress in order to declare the major.
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 4 credit(s) from the following:
· CPSY 2301 - Introduction to Child Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
or CPSY 3301 - Introduction to Child Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs 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, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 4 semester(s) of any second language. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
CLA BA degrees require 18 upper division (3xxx-level or higher) credits outside the major designator. These credits must be taken in designators different from the major designator and cannot include courses that are cross-listed with the major designator. The major designator for the child psychology BA is CPSY. Students may earn no more than one undergraduate degree in child psychology: a BA, a BS, or a minor. Students may combine the BA in child psychology with the minor in psychology. CPSY majors may not also earn a second major or baccalaureate degree in psychology. At least 12 upper division credits in the major must be taken at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus. All incoming CLA freshmen must complete the First-Year Experience course sequence.
Foundational Courses
Take exactly 3 course(s) totaling 11 - 12 credit(s) from the following:
Introduction to Psychology
· PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
or PSY 1001H - Honors Introduction to Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
· Statistics
· EPSY 3264 - Basic and Applied Statistics [MATH] (3.0 cr)
or SOC 3811 - Social Statistics [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or PSY 3801 - Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Data Analysis [MATH] (4.0 cr)
· Introduction to Research Methods in Child Psychology
· CPSY 3308W - Introduction to Research Methods in Child Psychology [WI] (4.0 cr)
Social and Personality Development
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 3 credit(s) from the following:
· CPSY 4331 - Social and Personality Development (3.0 cr)
Disabilities and Abnormal Child Psychology
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling 3 - 4 credit(s) from the following:
· CPSY 4311 - Behavioral and Emotional Problems of Children (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4313W - Disabilities and Development [WI] (4.0 cr)
Cognitive Development
Take exactly 2 course(s) totaling exactly 6 credit(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)
Child Development Elective
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 3 credit(s) from the following:
· CPSY 1334 - Global Issues on Children and Youth in Society [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4302 - Infant Development (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4303 - Adolescent Psychology (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4336 - Development and Interpersonal Relationships (3.0 cr)
Supporting Applied Elective
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling 3 - 4 credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 3003 - Cultural Anthropology (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 5241 - Practicum in Early Childhood Education (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 3301 - Introduction to Educational Psychology [SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· FSOS 3102 - Family Systems and Diversity [SOCS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· FSOS 3426 - Alcohol and Drugs: Families and Culture (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3511 - Introduction to Counseling Psychology (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)
· SW 3701 - Introduction to Child Maltreatment: Intervention and Prevention (3.0 cr)
Field Study or Directed Research
Take 2 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CPSY 4996 - Field Study in Child Psychology (1.0-4.0 cr)
· CPSY 4994 - Directed Research in Child Psychology (1.0-4.0 cr)
Capstone
The purpose of the Capstone is to bring together important themes and concepts that students have learned about throughout their undergraduate experience. Students will use that knowledge to find and coherently summarize the intersection of a topic of their choosing with a key developmental topic focused on in this course.
Capstone
Students who double major within CLA and choose to complete the capstone requirement in their other major may waive the Child Psychology capstone, but they do need to replace the 2 credits with another Elective course. Double majors whose second major is outside of CLA are required to complete the Child Psychology capstone.
Non-Honors Sequence
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 2 credit(s) from the following:
· CPSY 4347W - Senior Project [WI] (2.0 cr)
or Honors Sequence
Honors students seeking to complete the honors thesis in child psychology should follow this sequence. Students should take CPSY 3360H in the fall of their junior year. Students must take at least 2 credits of CPSY 4994V, but it is typically taken twice for 2 credits each time, in the fall and spring of a student's senior year.
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 4 - 6 credit(s) from the following:
· CPSY 3360H - Child Psychology Honors Seminar (2.0 cr)
· CPSY 4994V - Directed Research in Child Psychology (Honors Thesis) [WI] (1.0-6.0 cr)
Upper Division Writing Intensive within the Major
Students are required to take one upper division writing intensive course within the major. If that requirement has not been satisfied within the core major requirements, students must choose one course from the following list. Some of these courses may also fulfill other major requirements.
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· CPSY 3308W - Introduction to Research Methods in Child Psychology [WI] (4.0 cr)
· CPSY 4313W - Disabilities and Development [WI] (4.0 cr)
· CPSY 4347W - Senior Project [WI] (2.0 cr)
· CPSY 4994V - Directed Research in Child Psychology (Honors Thesis) [WI] (1.0-6.0 cr)
 
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CPSY 2301 - Introduction to Child Psychology (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01677 - CPsy 2301/CPsy 3301
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course will examine normative physical, social, and cognitive development from the prenatal period through adolescence. The major goals include fostering an understanding of the usefulness of a developmental approach to psychological issues, familiarizing students with current research and methodology in child psychology, and engaging students in the experiences of developmental psychology through observation and analysis of child behavior. PSY majors should take the cross-listed course CPSY 3301.
CPSY 3301 - Introduction to Child Psychology (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01677 - CPsy 2301/CPsy 3301
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course will examine normative physical, social, and cognitive development from the prenatal period through adolescence. The major goals include fostering an understanding of the usefulness of a developmental approach to psychological issues, familiarizing students with current research and methodology in child psychology, and engaging students in the experiences of developmental psychology through observation and analysis of child behavior. This course is intended for non-Child Psychology/Early Childhood majors. Those majors should take the cross-listed course CPSY 2301.
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.
PSY 1001H - Honors Introduction to Psychology (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00518 - PSTL 1281/Psy 1001/Psy 1001H
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Scientific study of human behavior. Problems, methods, findings of modern psychology. prereq: Honors
EPSY 3264 - Basic and Applied Statistics (MATH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02317
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introductory statistics. Emphasizes understanding/applying statistical concepts/procedures. Visual/quantitative methods for presenting/analyzing data, common descriptive indices for univariate/bivariate data. Inferential techniques.
SOC 3811 - Social Statistics (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02148 - Soc 3811/Soc 5811
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
This course will introduce majors and non-majors to basic statistical measures and procedures that are used to describe and analyze quantitative data in sociological research. The topics include (1) frequency and percentage distributions, (2) central tendency and dispersion, (3) probability theory and statistical inference, (4) models of bivariate analysis, and (5) basics of multivariate analysis. Lectures on these topics will be given in class, and lab exercises are designed to help students learn statistical skills and software needed to analyze quantitative data provided in the class. prereq: Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for Soc 5811 (Soc 5811 offered Fall terms only). Undergraduates with strong math background are encouraged to register for 5811 in lieu of 3811. Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F.
STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: (Select a set)
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Standard statistical reasoning. Simple statistical methods. Social/physical sciences. Mathematical reasoning behind facts in daily news. Basic computing environment.
PSY 3801 - Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Data Analysis (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01316 - Psy 3801/Psy 3801H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Descriptive/basic inferential statistics used in psychology. Measures of central tendency, variability, t tests, one-way ANOVA, correlation, regression, confidence intervals, effect sizes. Psychological measurement. Graphical data presentation. Statistical software. prereq: High school algebra, [PSY 1001 or equiv]; intended for students who plan to major in psychology
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
Explore developmental research methodology by learning about observational research and experimental designs. Critically evaluate research articles, learn to report research, and understand the difference between science and pseudoscience. Gain awareness of the ethical and practical issues that developmental psychologists face when they work with children. prereq: CPSY 2301 / 3301 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
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: CPSY 2301 / 3301 or equiv
CPSY 4311 - Behavioral and Emotional Problems of Children
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Study abnormal psychology and atypical development in children and adolescents. Focus on behavioral and emotional problems, disorders and diagnoses, psychopathology contrasted to normal development. Understand symptoms, causes, course, and prevention of common disorders, excluding physical and sensory handicaps. prereq: CPSY 2301 / 3301 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 4341 - Perceptual Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Study how children learn to perceive and experience the world. Explore different approaches to studying brain function and the development of the sensory and perceptual systems and processes with focus on infant perception and the neurobiology of how the senses work. Cover a variety of developmental disorders of sensation and perception: learn about normal brain function by studying abnormal brain function. prereq: CPSY 2301 / 3301 or equiv
CPSY 4343 - Cognitive Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to the scientific study of cognitive development (children's thinking) from infancy through adolescence. Focus on research and practical applications. Specific topic areas include infant perception and cognition, attention and memory development, language and symbolic thinking, social cognition, executive function. prereq: CPSY 2301 or 3301 or equivalent
CPSY 4345 - Language Development and Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
How do children acquire language? Learn about acquisition of phonology (the sound system of the language), semantics (the meaning of units in the language), syntax (the structure of sentences), morphology (the structure of words, phrases, and sentences), and pragmatics (language use). Study English learning along with the acquisition of other spoken and signed languages. prereq: CPSY 2301 / 3301 or equiv
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 Spring
Study of hot topic issues currently faced by children around the world. 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 4302 - Infant Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
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: CPSY 2301 or equivalent or instructor consent
CPSY 4303 - Adolescent Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Overview of development in the teenage years/second decade of life. Interactions of adolescents with family, school, and society. prereq: PSY 1001 or equivalent
CPSY 4336 - Development and Interpersonal Relationships
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Processes and functions of interactions with personal relationships across the lifespan; analysis of theory and research on developmental changes and influences.
ANTH 3003 - Cultural Anthropology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Anth 3003/GloS 3003
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics vary. Field research. Politics of ethnographic knowledge. Marxist/feminist theories of culture. Culture, language, and discourse. Psychological anthropology. Culture/transnational processes.
CPSY 5241 - Practicum in Early Childhood Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course offers a great introduction to the early childhood experience for those interested in working with young children. Helpful first course to explore Early Childhood major (can also count in CPSY BA). Students will review early development and learn how this knowledge is applied in educational and early care settings. Spend time observing early childhood programs through practicum experiences around the city.
EPSY 3301 - Introduction to Educational Psychology (SOCS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01814
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
History, current work. Future promise of educational psychology. Major topics in educational psychology. Focuses on interplay between theory, empirical research, and practical applications.
FSOS 3102 - Family Systems and Diversity (SOCS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00529 - FSoS 3102/FSOS 5101
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Family systems/theories applied to dynamics/processes relevant to family life. Diversity issues related to gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability. Divorce, single parenthood, remarriage. Family strengths/problems. prereq: At least soph or instr consent
FSOS 3426 - Alcohol and Drugs: Families and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: FSoS 3426/5426
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Psychology/sociology of drug use/abuse. Life-span, epidemiological, familial, cultural data regarding use. Fundamentals of licit/illicit drug use behavior. Variables of gender, ethnicity, social class, sexuality, sexual orientation, disability.
PSY 3511 - Introduction to Counseling Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
History, theories, and research related to counseling psychology. Development/application of counseling theories to diverse populations. Psychological research on counseling process. Psychological mechanisms that promote change in people's lives. prereq: 1001
PUBH 3004 - Basic Concepts in Personal and Community Health
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01062 - PubH 3003/PubH 3004
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Scientific, sociocultural, and attitudinal aspects of communicable and degenerative diseases, environmental and occupational health hazards, and alcohol and drug problems. Role of education in health conservation, disease control, and drug abuse.
SW 1001 - Introduction to the World of Social Work: A Global Perspective
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Varied dimensions of social work, locally, nationally, and internationally. Origins/emergence of social work as a profession. Effects of worldwide economic/social oppression. Human behavior and the social environment. Child/adult social welfare theories. Policies, programs. Health and mental health. Care at end of life cycle.
SW 3701 - Introduction to Child Maltreatment: Intervention and Prevention
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Child abuse/neglect as form of family violence. Prevalence, scope, dynamics, responses, and prevention strategies. Individual, familial, and community analyses using ecological perspective and risk/resilience framework.
CPSY 4996 - Field Study in Child Psychology
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students secure an internship / volunteer / work opportunity in the community with children. Corresponding online coursework includes written reflections, journals, and career development activities. Credits are variable based on hours at your site. Students must submit a completed field study contract to the CPSY advisor in order to register.
CPSY 4994 - Directed Research in Child Psychology
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 16.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Serve as a research assistant in an Institute of Child Development lab. Help plan/implement scientific studies, gain experience/expertise in methodology of research. Duties vary based on lab and student and are individually arranged with corresponding faculty member. To register: students must first secure their own placement in a faculty research lab. Then submit signed research contract to CPSY advisor for a permission number to register.
CPSY 4347W - Senior Project (WI)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Current literature on self-selected developmental topic. Students write a literature review. prereq: CPsy sr
CPSY 3360H - Child Psychology Honors Seminar
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: CPsy honors student
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Acquaints students with the various research projects and activities in the Institute for Child Development and in related departments. Faculty are invited to discuss their research projects with seminar participants. prereq: CPsy honors student
CPSY 4994V - Directed Research in Child Psychology (Honors Thesis) (WI)
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Individual empirical investigation. Students help plan/implement scientific studies while gaining experience/expertise in research methodology. prereq: 4 cr in CPsy, CPsy honors, instr consent, dept consent
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
Explore developmental research methodology by learning about observational research and experimental designs. Critically evaluate research articles, learn to report research, and understand the difference between science and pseudoscience. Gain awareness of the ethical and practical issues that developmental psychologists face when they work with children. prereq: CPSY 2301 / 3301 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 4347W - Senior Project (WI)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Current literature on self-selected developmental topic. Students write a literature review. prereq: CPsy sr
CPSY 4994V - Directed Research in Child Psychology (Honors Thesis) (WI)
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Individual empirical investigation. Students help plan/implement scientific studies while gaining experience/expertise in research methodology. prereq: 4 cr in CPsy, CPsy honors, instr consent, dept consent