The minor in Child Development provides a foundation for students majoring in other disciplines who wish to increase their understanding and knowledge about child and family development. The curriculum reflects an interdisciplinary approach to the study of children and families and the social contexts that influence development. A variety of opportunities for practicum experiences in school and community settings provide students with direct contact with children as well as with the organizations and professionals who work with children and families within the region. Opportunities for original research are available as well.
The Minor in Child Development provides an excellent pathway to graduate programs in a number of related fields. Students pursuing careers in family law, health, media services, nursing, psychology, speech, or urban studies, among others would find this minor useful for their careers.
A total of 27 units is required for the minor in Child Development, which include 24 units of required courses and 3 units of elective courses.
All students who intend to minor in Child Development should meet with a Department advisor both at the beginning and throughout the undergraduate career. Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in all minor courses. Students may only repeat courses in the minor program two times in order to meet the requirement of earning a grade of “C” or better. Information about the minor and Department policies and procedures is available in the Child and Family Studies Department office and on the Department’s website.