Child psychology focuses on behavioral development from the prenatal period to maturity in the areas of cognition, ethology, genetics, language, learning, perception, and social behavior. The Institute of Child Development offers a B.A., B.S. and a minor, through the College of Liberal Arts, in the #1 ranked developmental psychology program in the nation (U.S. News and World Report, 2013).
Why choose child psychology?
Degrees that lead to meaningful careers
Our degree options not only prepare students for advanced degrees in fields such as psychology, social work, occupational therapy, medical school, and law school, but also for careers that make lasting impacts on the lives of children. From health careers to non-profit organizations to business fields, our alumni have made substantial impacts on the community around them.
Research opportunities that connect you with some of the leading researchers in topics such as: adversity, trauma, maltreatment, and stress; cognitive development; language development; executive functioning; learning; neuroscience; and social-emotional development to help prepare you for an advanced degree or future in research.
Volunteer and internship opportunities
Volunteer and internship opportunities that connect in-class topics and concepts to real-world situations and develop your skills in working with children, providing you with an education to prepare you for a future career working with or on behalf of children.
Learning abroad opportunities
Learning abroad opportunities that expand your horizons and allow you to experience child development across cultures through classes and internships in places such as Denmark, London and Australia, providing you with an opportunity to build cultural competencies to prepare you for a career in a global economy.
Child Psychology Student Organization
A student organization that connects you with current students and provides opportunities to engage with the campus and surrounding community.
Learn from award-winning faculty
Our award-winning faculty are dedicated to advancing knowledge in the field of child development and are the recipients of prestigious awards that include:
Two Regents professorships, Two McKnight University Professorships, Irving B. Harris Professorship, William Harris Professorship, Nancy M. and John E. Lindahl Professorship, Membership of the Academy of Science
Scholarships that provide financial support for you to pursue your passions as you continue your education.