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Psychology at Aquinas College

Developmental Psychology Concentration within the Psychology major

Students who are interested in how people grow and change over time may choose the developmental psychology program. This program focusses on human growth and changes across the lifespan, including physical, cognitive, social, intellectual, perceptual, personality and emotional growth.

In addition to the required courses for the Psychology Major, students who choose the Developmental Psychology Concentration are required to take twelve (12) semester hours as follows:

  • PG208 (3)
  • PG209 (3)
  • PG210 (3)
  • PG elective (3) in consultation with advisor
  • Nine (9) semester hours of electives


  • PG208 Child & Adolescent Development (3) SS1/SS2

    Introduction to processes of human development from a lifespan perspective; focus on conception through adolescence; basic theories and research related to normal patterns of physical, cognitive, personality and social development. Prerequisite: PG100.

  • PG209 Early & Middle Adult Development (3) SS1/SS2

    Continuation of human development sequence from a lifespan perspective; focus on emerging and young adults through midlife. Theory and research on the tasks and transitions of adulthood, including the impact of factors such as socio-cultural context, gender, identity and self-concept, marriage and family, career, stress, and adjustment. Prerequisite: PG100.

  • PG210 Late Adult Development & Aging (3) SS1/SS2

    Continuation of human development sequence from a lifespan perspective; focus on young adulthood through old age and death. Theories, research, and myths related to stability and change in physical, cognitive, personality, and sociocultural aspects of adulthood. Prerequisite: PG100.