2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Child Development

The child development major and minor are administered by the Department of Psychology.

Child development is available as a major and a minor on both the BA and BS degrees.

The child development major is a multidisciplinary program drawing upon the strengths of four colleges and nine disciplines:

  • Child Development
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Sociology
  • Criminal Justice and Anthropology
  • Education
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

Its interdisciplinary focus is designed for students who wish to go into jobs or areas of study in child development, such as children’s mental health, preschools or Head Start, as well as provide comprehensive insight into the issues of child development. The major will also work well for students who wish to double major in areas such as psychology, social work, criminal justice, communication sciences and others. This major provides students who want to work with children in these disciplines an edge in their chosen field of study.

Students who wish to major in child development must have either a minor OR a second major and must apply to the program. Program requirements include a sophomore standing, a minimum 2.5 GPA, a criminal background check and a completed application. Applications are available at www.child.tcu.edu or in the Department of Psychology, Winton-Scott Hall Room 240.

Pass/No-Credit Option

See the Bachelor's Degree Definitions and Regulations in the Bachelor's Degree section of the University requirements.