Department of Psychology and Child Development


Winner of the President's 2008 Diversity Award

The Department of Psychology & Child Development at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo offers undergraduate degrees and minors in psychology and in child development as well as a master’s degree in psychology.

Department Mission

We are dedicated to enhancing the health of individuals, families, and communities through a scientific understanding and application of psychology and child development. We offer a high-quality education fostering a wide-ranging knowledge of psychological and developmental science. Students are challenged to be actively engaged in a learning process that involves intellectual rigor, a passion for human concerns, and an appreciation and understanding of diversity from the local to the global. Our graduates possess the self-awareness, skills, and knowledge they need to begin careers or go on to graduate study. Alumni become competent and ethical professionals who serve the growing multicultural population of California and the nation.

Commitment to Diversity

We believe in a multicultural approach to psychology and child development that emphasizes understanding, accepting, and valuing individual and group differences. We include multicultural knowledge and skills throughout our curriculum so that our students become more effective interpersonally and professionally. We welcome and support students and faculty of all ages, races, cultural backgrounds, religions, physical abilities, socioeconomic status, genders, and sexual orientations.

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Department of Psychology and Child Development
1 Grand Avenue
Building 47-24
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0387