Psychology / Child & Adolescent Development (B.A.)


Choose a career that lets you make a difference in the lives of children. Learn how kids grow and develop from birth through adolescence. Get the hands-on experience you need to work with young people in a variety of settings, from schools to clinics to hospitals. Prepare yourself to enter a competitive graduate program in psychology or the social sciences. Introducing SNHU's B.A. in psychology with a concentration in child and adolescent development.

By choosing the concentration in child and adolescent development, psychology majors gain an in-depth understanding on the unique physical, social, psychological and cognitive needs of young people. The program stresses experiential learning, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to gain real-world experience by doing internships, a practicum or research and volunteer projects. In fact, in many courses you can even choose to work in the field over writing a research paper. Your professors will work with you to find opportunities that best match your interests.

Courses for the program, which are offered on campus, on location and online, are relatively small. Expect about 15-20 students in the child and adolescent concentration classes and the upper level psychology courses — more for the introductory psychology courses.

Most professors keep classes highly interactive by encouraging participation in class discussions and assigning group-based projects. And many professors invite students to participate in special research projects to gain even more professional experience.

Before you graduate you'll create an e-portfolio that highlights your experiences in the program, from what you learned in the classroom to how you applied it in the real world. You'll be able to use this to help get into a graduate program, show your value to an employer, or just show your parents all that you learned.

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