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 24-26 units is required for the minor in Child Development, which includes 15 units of required courses, 3 units of a child development research methods course, and 6-8 units of elective courses.
All students who intend to minor in Child Development should meet with an 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 Office of Department of Child and Family Studies and on the Department’s website.
Program Learning Outcomes
1. Knowledge Base in Child & Family Studies
Students will demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and empirical findings related to human development and family processes in exams, writing assignments and oral presentations.
2. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Quantitative Reasoning
Students will use critical thinking, problem solving, and quantitative reasoning to interpret and contribute to the field of human development and family studies.
3. Ethical and Social Responsibility and Commitment to Diverse Communities
Students will identify and demonstrate ethical principles and social responsibility to exhibit leadership in multilingual, multi-ethnic and global communities.
Students will demonstrate competence in writing, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, exemplifying professional behavior that promotes the development of children and families.
5. Integrative Learning and Professional Development
Students will integrate personal awareness and professional knowledge to serve and advocate for developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive practices in diverse communities.