Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Minors

READ FIRST: Minor FAQ's

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, 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.

Psychology 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 Psychology Minor in the Cal Poly 19-20 Course Catalog.

To become a Psychology minor, you need to complete a Psychology Minor Application form and return it to the department office in 47-24.

Once you have read the Minor FAQ's: if you have questions, you can meet with the PSYCD Department Chair or Associate Chair.  See the Forms & Documents link for the Psychology Minor Application form and the Faculty Office Hours for Department Chair and Associate Chair office hours.

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 19-20 Course Catalog.

To become a Child Development minor, students complete a Child Development minor application form and return it to the department office in 47-24.

Once you have read the Minor FAQ's: if you have questions, you can meet with the PSYCD Department Chair or Associate Chair.  See the Forms & Documents link for the Child Development Minor Application form and the Faculty Office Hours for Department Chair and Associate Chair office hours.

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 19-20 Course Catalog.

Dr. Debra Valencia-Laver is the faculty coordinator for the minor. Please contact her to apply for the Gerontology Minor.

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