A minor in child development is designed for students who want some expertise in child development to improve their ability to work with children or parents in their chosen profession. Students majoring in psychology, early childhood education, special education, sociology, social services, public health, law and justice, physical and health education, and recreation and tourism may benefit from the child development minor. Students in the minor will learn about theories of child development; cutting-edge research about how children develop in multiple domains, with a focus on how development occurs in the context of family, community, and culture; and skills for practical application of child development. Completing the minor will enhance students’ competitiveness for jobs involving interaction with children in a variety of disciplines.
Students wishing to declare a minor in Child Development must be incoming freshmen, transfer students, or have a cumulative GPA of 2.5. Child Development minors must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher to remain in the minor.