BA in Child Development (Social and Community Settings)

Units required for Major: 49-50

Program Description

Child Development Concentration in Social and Community settings is appropriate for students interested in working with children and families in community, government, and social or therapeutic settings. Students complete the child development core academic courses, and choose 14–15 units of electives. These electives should be chosen in coordination with a major advisor to select courses and field-work in specific settings, or courses to prepare for application to a program for graduate study.

Program Requirements

Required Foundation Courses (12 Units)
CHDV 30Human Development3
or CHDV 35 Child and Adolescent Development
CHDV 123Qualitative Methods in Human Development3
CHDV 133Quantitative Methods in Human Development3
FACS 50The Family and Social Issues 3
Required Upper Division Core Courses (23 Units) 1
CHDV 131Language Development3
CHDV 132Fieldwork in Child Development3
CHDV 135Crosscultural Child Development3
CHDV 136Developmental Experiences, Methods and Curriculum3
or COMS/FACS 108 Family Communication
CHDV 137
Cognitive Development
Cognitive Development Research Laboratory 2
CHDV 138
Social and Emotional Development
Social and Emotional Development Laboratory 2
CHDV/FACS 154Issues in Parenting3
Electives (14-15 Units)
Select 14-15 units of approved electives 314 - 15
Total Units49-50

Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CHDV 123 or CHDV 133 is required for registration in required upper division core courses.


CHDV 137/CHDV 137L or CHDV 138/CHDV 138L are not recommended to be taken in the same semester.


Students are required to select an additional 14-15 units of approved electives to provide understanding of the physical, socio-emotional, and cognitive growth and development of the child from conception through adolescence. These electives should also apply to the area of concentration. Students may select courses from an approved list of electives below.

Elective List

Cultural Diversity
Art Education for Children
Human Development and Elementary Field Experience
Developmental Experiences, Methods and Curriculum
History of Childhood: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Mind and Brain in Developmental Context
Controversial Issues in Childhood Development, Education, and Social Policy
Apprenticeship in Advanced Child Development
Infant and Toddler: Development and Care
Cooperative Education Experience
Special Problems
Literature For Children
Multicultural Children's Literature
Introduction to Counseling 4
Power, Privilege and Self Identity in Counseling 4
Child and Family Psychopathology 4
Urban Education
Sex Role Stereotyping in American Education
Introduction to Hmong Literacy
Ethnic America
Family Communication
Child Life and Family-Centered Care
School Health Education
Movement Education
Introduction to Statistics
Crosscultural Theory and Practice: Issues of Race, Gender and Class

Cannot be used for both major electives and for the Minor in Counseling.