Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Minors

Minor in Psychology

Our psychology minor can complement your major, help you reach your career goals, and promote your personal and intellectual growth. Many employers and graduate programs view a psychology minor as an asset. They seek applicants with knowledge and skills relevant to human service, marketing and persuasion, managing individuals and teams, understanding cultural differences, and designing educational and technological systems based on the science of behavior and mental processes. A psychology minor can enhance your job and educational prospects and make you stand out from other job and graduate school applicants. Regardless of your career goals, knowledge of psychology is beneficial for understanding yourself and others.

You can also find a description of the Psychology Minor in the Cal Poly 17-19 Course Catalog.

To become a Psychology minor, you need to complete a Psychology Minor Application form and meet with a Psychology Minor advisor.  See the Forms & Documents link for the Psychology Minor Application form and the Faculty Office Hours for Psychology Minor advisors.

Minor in Child Development

Our Child Development minor can complement many majors, help students reach career goals, and promote personal and intellectual growth. Many employers such as social service agencies, schools or professional graduate programs such as social work, law, nursing, and medical school view a Child Development minor as an asset. They seek applicants with knowledge and skills relevant to human service, understanding cultural differences, and experience in designing educational and technological systems based on the science of human growth and development.

You can also find a description of the Child Development Minor in the Cal Poly 17-19 Course Catalog.

To become a Child Development minor, students complete a Child Development minor application form and meet with a Child Development faculty advisorSee the Forms & Documents link for the Child Development Minor Application form and the Faculty Office Hours for the Child Development Minor advisors.

Minor in Gerontology

Gerontology is the study of the social, psychological, and biological aspects of aging. Expertise in gerontology is valued as the number of older adults in our communities is growing. The minor prepares students to work with older adults. Those currently working in the field of gerontology may upgrade their skills and enhance their careers by receiving the gerontology minor and certificate.

You can also find a description of the Gerontology Minor in the Cal Poly 17-19 Course Catalog.

Dr. Debra Valencia-Laver is the faculty coordinator for the minor and can be contacted with questions.

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