Psychology: Developmental Psychology
How do humans develop cognitively, emotionally, socially and morally from infancy to the end stages of life? Developmental psychology is the scientific study of change and stability in humans across the life span. Students studying developmental psychology learn about physical development (e.g. height, weight, motor skills), cognitive development (e.g. language development, moral reasoning) and social development (e.g. identity, personality, friendship formation and maintenance) in infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and older adulthood. Students will also learn how to apply this knowledge to help people of all ages live to their full potential.
2014-2015 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions. Requirements for a Major in Psychology
PSYCH1501 General Psychology
PSYCH2209 Physiological Bases of Behavior
PSYCH2801 Methods and Statistics I
PSYCH2802 Methods and Statistics II
PSYCH2803 Applied Research in Psychology
Additional Requirements for Departmental Concentrations Developmental Psychology:
PSYCH2303 Child Psychology
PSYCH2304 Adulthood and Aging
PSYCH2403 Adolescent Development
Take one of the applied development classes listed below:
PSYCH3201 Psychology of Language
PSYCH3210 Child Psychopathology
PSYCH3212 Adult Psychopathology
At least one elective from the following:
PSYCH2103 Relationships, Marriage and the Family
PSYCH2105 Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSYCH2203 Social Psychology
PSYCH2405 Health Psychology
PSYCH3101 Seminar: Psychology of Women
PSYCH3211 Theories of Personality
Senior capstone experience (2 semesters):
PSYCH4282-83 Senior Directed Research I and II
or PSYCH4494-95 Internship in Psychology I and II
Learning Goals + Outcomes
The psychology department’s Learning Goals are based in the Principles for Quality Undergraduate Psychology Programs, a report put out by the American Psychological Association, which “recognizes the importance of undergraduate education in advancing psychology as a science, promoting human welfare, and fostering students’ growth and development,” (
APA.org). Each goal is broadly articulated, with the recognition that the content, depth, and breadth of the course are dependent upon a number of factors (e.g., 1000–4000-level).
Knowledge and Critical Engagement in Psychology: Students will understand and can apply the major concepts, theoretical perspectives (biological, behavioral, cognitive, developmental, and social), empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology, as well as the APA Code of Ethics.
Research Methods in Psychology: Students will be able to engage in research design, sampling, data collection, data analysis and interpretation.
Information and Technological Literacy: Students will be proficient in the use of information and technology for many purposes relevant to the field of Psychology.
Communication Skills: Students will be proficient in written and oral communication in a variety of formats for educational and professional purposes.
Personal and Professional Development: Students will understand the links between personal and professional values, knowledge and skills, and aca- demic and career goals.
To further articulate how each goal is addressed within the Psychology program course structure, Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are articulated for each course that is part of the major and minor. Bloom’s taxonomy was used as a framework for distinguishing the level of skill or knowledge expected within the given course. These levels are: Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analyzing, Evaluating and Creating. The student learning outcomes reflect both the Psychology program goals and the level of learning expected for each goal. The departmental goals and course-specific student learning outcomes are included in all course syllabi.
Developmental psychology informs other fields within psychology such as educational psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, comparative psychology, developmental forensic psychology and child psychopathology. Graduates of the developmental concentration have gone on to pursue doctoral degrees and master's degrees in developmental psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, speech pathology, occupational therapy and social work. Other graduates work in a variety of settings such as schools, hospitals, nursing homes, senior centers, adolescent substance use programs, human resources departments and marketing departments.
Students who earn concentrations in developmental psychology are able to work with children, adolescents and the elderly in a variety of education and healthcare settings in positions such as school psychologist, child or elder care worker, research coordinator and therapist.
Learn more about career paths open to students of psychology through the
Emmanuel College Career Center.