Child Development


Child Development is offered as a major (BA/BS) or minor, and educates students in issues involving the physical, social and cognitive development of children, as well as professional conduct and global
issues involving children. The Child Development program provides a multidisciplinary curriculum drawing upon the strengths of four colleges and nine disciplines: child development, communication sciences & disorders, sociology, criminal justice & anthropology, education, nutritional sciences, nursing, psychology and social work.

  • Learn to change the world for children. The Child Development program benefits from its close partnership with the TCU Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KPICD), which was founded in 2005 by renowned child development experts, Drs. Karyn Purvis and David Cross.
  • Through research, education, training and outreach, the KPICD strives to improve the lives of children who have experienced abuse, neglect, and/or trauma.
  • Students have unique opportunities for internships and independent studies to gain practical experience in the fields of child development and child advocacy.

Course Examples by Year


General Psychology
Intro to Social Work
Intro to Sociology


Child in the Global Community
Professional Development
Behavioral Research
Human Behavior and the Social Environment
Language Development in Children


Case Studies in Child Development
Vulnerable Child I: Theory
Vulnerable Child II: Application
Infant and Child Nutrition


Comparative Psychology
Senior Seminar in Child Development

Where Graduates Go

Graduates go into occupations or areas of study involving child mental health, public policy, education, healthcare, social work, or other human service careers. The major will also work well for students who wish to double major in areas such as psychology, social work, criminal justice, or communication sciences, and plan to be clinicians, counselors, Child Life Specialists, social workers, pediatricians, occupational therapists, lawyers, educators, or speech-language pathologists. This major gives students wanting to work with children in these various disciplines an edge in their chosen field of study.