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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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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.
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
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 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
EPSY 3264 - Basic and Applied Statistics (MATH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EPsy 3264/5231/5261/5263
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 - Basic Social Statistics (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02148 - Soc 3811/Soc 5811
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Descriptive statistics. Measures of central tendency, deviation, association. Inferential statistics focusing on probability/hypothesis testing. T-tests, Chi-square tests, variance analysis, bivariate regression. Statistical software used to analyze sociological data. prereq: 1001 recommended, Undergraduates with strong math background who have completed Soc 3801 are encouraged to register for 5811 in lieu of 3811. Currently, 5811 only offered in fall. Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for 5811. Soc majors/minors must register A-F.
STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: AnSc 2211/Stat 3011/5021
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.
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
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 4993 - Directed Experiences in Early Childhood Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: ECE student
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Issues and techniques involved in the systematic observation of children. Record what is happening within the classroom. Interpret/analyze research information in all developmental domains to increase understanding of child behavior. prereq: ECE student
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.
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 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 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 4336W - Development and Interpersonal Relations (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring & Summer
Processes and functions of interactions with parents and peers; analysis of theory and research on developmental changes and influences. prereq: 2301 or equiv, 4331
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 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 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 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
CPSY 4996 - Field Study in Child Psychology
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Independent reading. Varies depending on student's specific area of interest. Students receive credit while interning in metropolitan area. prereq: 4 cr CPsy, instr consent
CPSY 4994 - Directed Research in Child Psychology
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Individual empirical investigation. Students help plan/implement scientific studies, gain experience/expertise in methodology of research. prereq: 4 cr in CPsy, instr consent, dept consent
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]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: 3V
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: 9V3V5V
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