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The Adolescent Development Minor prepares students who plan to work with adolescents in their future professions to have a firm grasp of their development. It includes foundational courses on adolescents’ cognitive, biological and social-emotional development, as well as topical and elective courses that cover concepts and strategies to support healthy adolescent development in diverse contexts. The minor is beneficial to students who intend to teach middle school or high school, counsel adolescents or work in juvenile justice, after school or community settings serving youth.
A minimum of 12 units for the minor must be distinct from coursework that is applied to the major. No more than 6 units for the minor may be taken outside of the Child and Adolescent Studies department. A “C” (2.0) or better is required in all courses applied to the minor.