Child Development and Social Intervention

This 16-credit minor provides students with an introduction to the various contexts in which children and adolescents develop, and exposes them to prevention and intervention efforts to address psychological, social, educational, and health problems.

Students who successfully complete the minor will have gained fundamental knowledge that will help prepare them for graduate studies in psychology.


This minor is open to all undergraduate students at NYU with the exception of students majoring in Applied Psychology through Steinhardt.

You may be interested in this minor if you are interested in careers or further graduate study in the following areas:

  • psychology
  • education
  • advocacy
  • counseling
  • social work
  • law
  • public policy


APSY-UE 0002 Intro to Psychology and Its Principles or PSYCH-UA 0001 Intro to Psychology or any college-level introductory course in Psychology or AP psychology course taken during high school with a test score of 4 or 5 or International Baccalaureate with a score of a 6 or 7 on the Higher Level Exams only.

How to Declare this Minor

If you wish to declare a minor in Child Development and Social Intervention you must meet with our academic adviser to enroll in restricted courses and discuss course selection.

When you are ready to declare the minor, you must apply for the minor in Albert. When you submit an application for the minor, it will be reviewed by both your home school and Steinhardt. Once approved, the minor will appear on your transcript.

If you are a Steinhardt student, you may not apply for this minor using the cross-school minor application. You must use the Minor Declaration form which is available in paper form through your home department or the Steinhardt Office of Student Affairs.


Students in the minor must take a minimum of four courses or 16 points from the approved list of courses.

If a student has already taken Developmental Psychology, he or she will be permitted to substitute the course from courses addressing development and context offered in the Department of Applied Psychology.

Courses (all 4 credits each): 16 credits total required for the minor

Required Courses

Developmental Psychology (APSY-UE 0010)
Community Psychology (APSY-UE 0005)

Possible Electives

Social Intervention in Schools and Communities (APSY-UE 1270)

Families, Schools, and Child Development (APSY-UE 1278)

Child Development and Social Policy in a Global Society (APSY-UE 1279)

Child & Adolescent Psychopathology (CAMS-UA 101)

Behavior Problems in School Settings: From Impairment to Intervention (CAMS-UA 134)

Global Perspectives in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMS-UA 152)


Applied Psychology (APSY) Course Descriptions

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies (CAMS) Course Descriptions