Study behavioral development across the lifespan. Complete coursework in topic areas including social and emotional development, cognitive development, language development, emotional and behavioral disorders, biological development, and research methods.
Our developmental psychology undergraduate program is offered through the College of Liberal Arts.
Build a liberal arts foundation that includes a second language requirement. Take courses in developmental psychology and complete an internship or directed experience to apply what you learn. Learn more
Pursue a degree with a stronger emphasis on research. Replace the second language requirement with additional courses in development psychology. Complete an internship and directed research experience in the field of developmental psychology. Learn more
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With a degree in developmental psychology, you'll be prepared for graduate study or for a career in fields like health care, science, education, business, consulting, marketing, nonprofit, human services, and social justice.
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The Anne D. Pick Award honors Professor Anne Pick’s commitment to undergraduate students and their education. Students who major in developmental psychology at ICD are eligible to receive the Anne D. Pick award. Recipients of the award receive a certificate and a scholarship of $500 and up to $250 in travel/research funds. Students also have their name inscribed on a plaque at ICD. Students who have reached their maximum financial aid award are not eligible for the $500 scholarship, but will be eligible for up to $750 in travel/research funds. Learn more
Freshman admissions are handled through the University Admissions Office.
If you're interested in transferring to CLA, review their transfer admissions website.
You're considered a transfer student if you're a high school graduate who has registered or enrolled at a college, university, or any other school after graduating from high school. Current UMN students who are not in CLA are also considered transfer students.
Are you a current CLA student who is ready to declare your major or a student in another UMN college who would like to add a developmental psychology major?
To declare a major in Developmental Psychology, you must attend an in-person declaration session in the Institute of Child Development. Sessions are scheduled for 60 minutes, and you must register in advance via the online advising calendar. See a list of upcoming dates below. When you sign up, indicate if you plan to declare the BA or BS degree. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you absolutely cannot make any of the times and we will explore alternatives.
Before declaring, be sure that you've completed or are currently enrolled in CPSY 2301 or 3301: Introduction to Child Psychology (or an equivalent transfer course).
After attending a major declaration session, the advising office will submit your declaration information to CLA for processing, and then it will appear on your academic record and populate your APAS report.
If you would like to add a minor in developmental psychology please visit this page for requirements and the declaration process. Declaring a minor does not require an info session, but you are welcome to attend one to learn more about the department.
Finally, if you are not yet ready to declare but just want to know more about our department, we recommend attending one of the declaration sessions simply to hear the presentation and meet an advisor.
Pick your date and register via the online advising calendar; in the notes please indicate if you plan to declare a BA or BS and if you have particular questions.
All rooms listed below are located in the Institute of Child Development Building, 51 East River Road