Minor in developmental psychology

Supplement your major by gaining expertise in developmental psychology. A minor in developmental psychology is often paired with majors like psychology, neuroscience, sociology, family social science, early childhood education, or business. Our program is offered through the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).


Take courses in developmental psychology and research methods. Choose from courses on topics including:

  • Social and personality development
  • Cognitive development
  • Adolescent psychology
  • Development and interpersonal relationships
  • Disabilities and development
  • Infant development
  • Biological foundations of development
  • Perceptual development
  • Language development and communication

You must complete an introduction to child psychology course before entering the program.

View the full curriculum for a minor in developmental psychology

View syllabi of previous developmental psychology courses

Declare a minor

Are you a current UMN student who is ready to declare a minor or who is interested in learning more? To declare a minor in Developmental Psychology, you must print and complete this document and return it to the Institute of Child Development advisor. This can be done in person (drop off the form anytime) or you may scan and email to cpsyadvis@umn.edu. You may also schedule a 20 minute advising appointment to discuss the minor and complete the form in person. Upon receipt of the minor request, the departmental advisor will review any potential transfer credit already listed on the APAS, advise accordingly, and send to the College for processing.

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).