Undergraduate Minor in Developmental Psychology

The College of Liberal Arts offers a minor in developmental psychology that is administered through the Institute of Child Development, a premier center of scholarship, teaching, and outreach devoted to the understanding and fostering of child development. Further, students benefit from the knowledge and expertise of the number one ranked developmental psychology program in the nation (U.S. News and World Report).

Current CLA students can declare their minor by emailing Meghan Allen Eliason at alle0335@umn.edu.

Non-CLA students must first be admitted to the College of Liberal Arts.


Developmental psychology focuses on behavioral development from the prenatal period to maturity in the areas of cognition, ethology, genetics, language, learning, perception, and social behavior. 

The developmental psychology minor provides a balanced curriculum of social and cognitive developmental psychology content and is a great way to supplement your degree in psychology, speech-language-hearing sciences, neuroscience, sociology, family social science, early childhood education, business, and much more. The developmental psychology minor is especially popular to pair with related social and behavioral science majors in CLA (psychology, sociology, speech-language-hearing sciences) and for students pursuing careers in education or healthcare with a pediatric focus and wish to know more about child development and biological foundations.

The College of Liberal Arts also offers a bachelor of arts (BA) in developmental psychology and a bachelor of science (BS) in developmental psychology.