Child Development

The child development minor provides core coursework relevant to the education and direct care of children. In addition, students may choose courses tailored to their individual career interests.

Interdisciplinary Minor

Twenty-four hours required, to include the following:

  • Required Core Courses 9 hours
    • All of the following are required:
      • PSY 111 General Psychology 3 hours
      • PSY 340 Child Development 3 hours
      • SOC 213 Marriage and the Family 3 hours
  • Psychological Processes 3 hours
    • Select 1 of the following courses:
      • PSY 242 Adolescence and Adulthood 3 hours
      • PSY 260 Social Psychology 3 hours
      • PSY 328 Learning 3 hours
      • PSY 333 Cognitive Psychology 3 hours
      • PSY 343 Personality 3 hours
  • Cultural Diversity and Socio-cultural Context 2-3 hours
    • Select at least 1 of the following courses*:
      • ART 216 Survey of Art History I 3 hours
      • ART 217 Survey of Art History II 3 hours
      • EDU 309 Teaching in a Diverse Society 2 hours (co-req EDU 307)
      • HIS 213 Asian Civilization II 3 hours
      • HIS 310 History of the South 3 hours
      • HIS 424 History of the Middle East 3 hours
      • SOC 211 Community 3 hours
  • Child Guidance and Health 3 hours
    • Select at least 1 of the following courses*:
      • COMM 323 Conflict Management 3 hours (co- or prereq EDU 131)
      • EDU 233 Student Development, Behavior and Learning 3 hours
      • KHS 320 Nutrition 3 hours (prereq consent of instructor)
      • PSY 360 Fieldwork 3 hours (prereq consent of instructor)
      • PSY 415 Counseling Skills 3 hours (prereq PSY 355)
  • Exceptional Children/Atypical Development 2-3 hours
    • Select at least 1 of the following courses*:
      • PSY 355 Abnormal Psychology 3 hours
      • EDU 307 Educating Exceptional Children 2 hours (co-req EDU 309)
      • PSY 417 Developmental Psychopathology 3 hours (prereq PSY 242 or 340)
      • PSY 419 School Psychology 3 hours (prereq PSY 242 or 340)
  • Art/Music/Theatre 2-3 hours
    • Select at least 1 of the following courses*:
      • ART 115 Drawing 3 hours
      • ART 313 Art Education 2 or 3 hours
      • MUS 314 Foundations and Principles of Music Education 2 hours
      • THE 407 Creative Dramatics and Children’s Theatre 2 or 3 hours

Students applying any of the above courses to a major must substitute another course in the affected area.

* Students choosing 2-hour courses must carefully select additional coursework to equal the required 24 hours. PSY 440 Independent Study can be taken for 1-3 hours if needed, with consent of the instructor and approval of the department chair and the Provost

Students may plan an area major in Child Development.



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