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Child Development and Social Intervention

Get an introduction to the various contexts in which children and adolescents develop, and learn about prevention and intervention efforts that address psychological, social, educational, and health problems in this undergraduate minor.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Minor, Child Development and Social Intervention

Full-time or Part-time

Who Should Choose This Minor

The minor in Child Development and Social Intervention is open to all undergraduate students at NYU with the exception of students majoring in Applied Psychology through Steinhardt.

This may be a good fit for you if you are interested in careers or further graduate study in the following areas:

  • Psychology
  • Education
  • Advocacy
  • Counseling
  • Social work
  • Law
  • Public policy


How to declare a minor

If you wish to declare a minor in Child Development and Social Intervention you must meet with our academic advisor 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 homeschool and Steinhardt. Once approved, the minor will appear on your transcript.

Minor Program and Course Information 

The minor in the Child Development and Social Intervention will be earned by completing a minimum of 4 courses (16 credits) of the following courses below. Once enrolled in the Child Development and Social Intervention (CDSI) minor, you will take 8 credits from Applied Psychology and 8 credits from the elective options listed below extended from either Applied Psychology or the Child Adolescent Mental Health Studies (CAMS) program extended from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).

- A minimum grade of C is required for all courses intended to count toward the CDSI minor, and the minimum overall GPA in the minor is 2.0.
- The 16 credit minimum is required and non-negotiable.
- Eight credits must be earned from Applied Psychology Courses. The remaining eight credits can be earned through APUG OR CAMS Electives
- Some courses listed below may have pre-requisite courses that do not count towards the Minor. If a course is not listed below, it is not eligible to count as credit to this Minor.

Required Courses

  • APSY-UE 10 - Developmental Psychology  (Offered every fall & spring semester) *PSYCH-UA 34 course substitutions not allowed*

  • APSY-UE 5 - Community Psychology (Offered every Spring semester)

Applied Psychology (APUG) Electives

  • APSY-UE 1270 - Social Intervention in Schools and Communities (Offered in the spring of every odd year - ex. 2023)

  • APSY-UE 1278 - Families, Schools, and Child Development (Offered in the Fall of every odd year - ex. 2023) *Please note, this course is offered in the Fall of Even years as a Dean's Global Honors course, which is extended by invitation only to select Freshman and Sophomore students*

  • APSY-UE 1279 - Child Development and Social Policy in a Global Society (Offered in the spring of every odd year - ex. 2023)

Child and Mental Health Studies (CAMS) Elective Options

  • CAMS-UA 101 - Child & Adolescent Psychopathology 

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

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


If you have any additional questions about our minor, please feel free to contact Erica Rodriguez