Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Minors

The PSYCD Department is accepting applications for minors in Child Development and Gerontology.  The minor in Psychology is temporarily suspended. 

Temporary Suspension of PSY Minor Applications 

  • Due to the highly impacted nature of psychology courses, no new PSY minor applications will be accepted in 2021-22 (TBD when we will reinstate the minor - please check the PSYCD website in Fall 2022 for further updates).
  • Psychology classes remain open to all students with the necessary prerequisites - feel free to take the courses that interest you even though you are not taking them "for" a minor. 
  • Any student who will have completed PSY minor requirements by the end of Fall 2021 can still submit a minor application form and be awarded the minor. 
  • Students who have already declared a PSY minor can proceed with their minor, but keep in mind that minors do not have priority enrollment in courses and there is no guarantee that you will be able to complete the minor. 
  • We understand that the hold on the psychology minor program may be disappointing and we urge students with concerns to talk with their faculty advisors. Office Hours and Advising Opportunities
    • Please note that having a minor on your transcript is very unlikely to influence your career trajectory; rather, we can support you in highlighting the knowledge and skills you've gained in PSY courses and relevant experiences in a way that's far stronger than simply having a minor listed on your official documents.
    • For students who would like to add a minor to their academic record, we urge you to explore the wealth of other minor offerings at Cal Poly. See a complete list here.
    • You can find a description of the Psychology Minor in the Cal Poly Course Catalog.
  • If you have already declared a minor in any field of study, but no longer plan to complete it, please fill out the "Drop Minor Request" form.  

For CD and GERO, please select the minor form link below that matches your catalog year. Catalog year is found on both Degree Progress and Poly Profile. 

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.

Child Development Minor Requirements:

  • Complete at least one quarter at Cal Poly
  • CPSLO GPA of 3.0 at time of applying for the minor
  • If you entered Cal Poly as a first-time freshman, you must apply for the minor no later than the end of Fall quarter in the third year.
  • If you entered Cal Poly as a transfer student, you must apply for the minor no later than the end of Fall quarter in the second year.

You can also find a description of the Child Development Minor in the Cal Poly 21-22 Course Catalog.

Use the appropriate link below to begin the Child Development Minor process:

Child Development 17-19 Minor Form

Child Development 19-21and 21-22 Minor Form

Please also read the CD Minor FAQ's linked here: CD MInor FAQ

If you have questions, contact the department office at psycd@calpoly.edu.  

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 21-22 Course Catalog.

The advisor for the Gerontology Minor is Dr. Julie Garcia. You can find her contact information on our Faculty page.

Use the appropriate link below to begin the Gerontology Minor process:

Gerontology 17-19 Minor Form

Gerontology 19-21 Minor Form

Gerontology 21-22 Minor Form

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