Psychology - Developmental (BA)


Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. It differs from other fields that are concerned with the human condition in that it uses the scientific method. Psychologists attempt to understand the workings of individuals, animals and groups. Psychologists work in a variety of settings including universities and colleges, clinics and hospitals, business and industry, government agencies, law enforcement and the military. Psychology can be an academic or research discipline or an applied science.

The Psychology Department offers three majors: Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. All psychology students are required to take a common core of courses in the foundations of psychology.

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Developmental Psychology is designed for those students who wish to prepare themselves for careers in various helping professions immediately upon graduation. A Developmental Psychology major prepares students for careers in child care, human services and family life education. Through internship or practicum and special projects, a student can acquire expertise in working with a particular population.

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    Degree/Major Requirements

    To obtain this undergraduate degree, the student must fulfill the requirements of the University Core Curriculum, any course prerequisites, the requirements for the program major and have completed a minimum of 120 credit hours.

    Foundation Psychology Courses for all Psychology majors (18 credits)

    • PYC 1000 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
    • PYC 2010 Research Methods I (3 credits)
    • PYC 2020 Research Methods II (3 credits)
    • PYC 2500 Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
    • PYC 2600 Social Psychology (3 credits)
    • PYC 3420 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)

    Developmental Psychology Major (15 credits)

    • PYC 2550 Child Development: Infancy through Adolescence (3 credits)
    • PYC 3140 Learning and Behavior (Lecture course only)
    • PYC 3400 Family Development and Parenting (3 credits)
    • PYC 4510 Psychology of Death and Dying (3 credits)
    • PYC 3540 Sex Differences and Sex Roles; OR
    • PYC 4400 Cross-Cultural Socialization

    Developmental Psychology Capstone (3 credits)


    Minor in Developmental Psychology

    The University of Detroit Mercy minor in Developmental Psychology provides students with an overview of psychology across the lifespan. The Developmental Psychology minor educates students in infant and child development, middle childhood, adolescence and old age, as well as the dynamics of families and family life. Adding this minor to the undergraduate degree complements and enhances any major by providing an understanding of developmental psychology and the scientific method.

    The Developmental Psychology minor is an 18-credit program (six courses) designed to give students a broad exposure to child and family development as a scientific and professional discipline. In addition to Introduction to Psychology, students will take two courses covering infancy through adolescence, as well as two courses on the dynamics of human relationships, parenting, and family life and a course on the psychology of death and dying.

    Visit the Developmental Psychology minor page for more information.

Program Contact Information

Department Chair: Linda Slowik, Ph.D.
Reno Hall, Room 244
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-993-1623
Fax: 313-578-0507

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