In this major, you will study current research and strategies to create developmentally appropriate experiences that will help children grow. Understand parenting strategies and ways to enhance the parent-child relationship. Learn how to help parents build a safe and healthy home life for children.
Depending on your career goals, you could learn specialized skills to address the needs of families experiencing domestic violence, substance abuse, illness, death or mental health issues.
Graduates work for community development organizations, government agencies, private companies, Head Start or child care centers.
In class, learn the processes by which individuals become adept at using language, thinking, feeling and relating to others. Study the fundamentals of human development and relationships. Learn scientific methods for assessing and supporting human growth then apply them during field placements.
In the on-campus Child Development Laboratory, observe and document children playing and interacting, create stimulating learning environments and meet with parents to discuss the progress of their children.
Study nutrition, explore work-family balance, and create household budgets.
Students are encouraged to complete an internship during their senior year.