Minor in Children's Mental Health

The field of children’s mental health encompasses numerous disciplines, including early childhood, elementary, secondary and special education; human services; (juvenile) justice; (pediatric) nursing; (child) psychology; and social work. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of this field of study, all of the listed disciplines are appropriate major emphases for students seeking the Children’s Mental Health Minor.

Students who wish to minor in children's mental health must complete the following requirements.

EDSE A212Human Development and Learning3
or PSY A365 Child and Adolescent Development
PSY A442Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence3
SWK A410Trauma in Childhood3
Complete 9 credits of electives focused on children approved by the Children's Mental Health Minor Committee (including special topics courses focused on children). This may include up to 6 credits of relevant practica or research coursework.*9
Total Credits18

Practica and research coursework (e.g., independent studies, honors or other undergraduate theses) can consist of offerings by various programs but must provide experiences focused on children and be approved in advance by the Children’s Mental Health Minor Committee.

The minor requires a total of 18 credits, of which a minimum of 6 must be upper-division.