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CPSY 3301 - Introductory Child Psychology

This is an undergraduate survey course meant to provide students with a general introduction to the field of child development. Toward that end, we will examine the basic science associated with the social, cognitive, perceptual, and biological development of the child from the prenatal period through adolescence. We will emphasize normative development while also acknowledging individual differences related to biological, cultural, and contextual influences on the developing child. The major goals include fostering an understanding of the usefulness of a developmental approach to psychological issues and familiarizing students with current research and methodology in child psychology.

Credit may not be granted for this class if credit has been earned for CPsy 2301. Students will attend lectures with students enrolled in 2301, however, this class will require additional in-depth study.

Who should take this course?

Students who are interested in learning about the typical development of children from the pre-natal period through adolescence (0 – 20) and the influences that biological, cultural and contextual differences can have on development.

Students interested in pursuing careers or graduate work in psychology, speech pathology, social work, youth work, neuroscience, health sciences and business.

What degree requirements might this class fulfill?

Child Psychology B.A.
Child Psychology B.S.
Child Psychology Minor
Early Childhood Education: Foundations
Psychology B.A.
Psychology B.S.

For official information about how this class would fulfill major requirements or college requirements, please consult your college adviser and your APAS. Access to your APAS report can be found under the Academics tab on MyU.

Grading Basis:
A-F, S/N, or audit


Terms this class is typically offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer (online)

Instructors who teach this class:
Henriette Warren

Sample syllabus
Link to PDF

Have additional questions about this class or need a permission number? Contact Meghan Eliason, Child Psychology Adviser, at