Psychology, Child/Adolescent Development Concentration, BS

Psychology, Child/Adolescent Development Concentration, BS

Learn about a child’s cognitive, emotional, and social progression, from birth to adulthood. Make a difference in young people’s lives.

This major is designed for students interested in educational or social service settings. Using a balance of theoretical and experimental work, our program will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of psychological theories, child development, and cognitive science. All of this takes place within small, discussion-rooted classes, a hallmark of the liberal arts tradition.

Guided by our renowned, approachable faculty, you’ll hone your ability to wrestle with unfamiliar problems and ethical issues, the tools to investigate topics in-depth, and the communication skills needed to share information with others. We’re committed to providing you with hands-on opportunities, both in formal classes and through directed laboratory, field research opportunities at home and abroad, and independent study.


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Upon completion of the requirements for the bachelor of science degree in psychology, students will be able to:

  • DEMONSTRATE knowledge of and be able to critically analyze the theoretical approaches, research findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • UNDERSTAND multiple research methods and statistical tools and be able to use them to design research and collect, analyze, and interpret data, as well as proficiently write a research report using standard APA format.
  • DEMONSTRATE an understanding of the multiple ways gender, culture, age, and sexual orientation affect psychological processes (e.g., perception, memory, learning, affect, social behavior, and development).
  • APPLY psychological theory and research to real-world problems and issues.

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“The Psychology department professors are some of my life’s biggest supporters. They helped me achieve my goals of conducting research, pushed me to pursue a master's, and always believed in my career goals. They were like a family away from home, and I continue to keep in touch because they helped me to grow and develop into who I am today.”

Melissa Sousa, '19, Child/Adolescent Development Concentration, BS


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