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Child Development, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #62 (ARWU) Nashville, TN, United States
The Child Development major offered by Vanderbilt University is for students who wish to study children (infancy through adolescence) and the major contexts—family, cultural, peer, school, and neighborhood—in which they live. The 30-hour major is designed to provide a strong background in the social and behavioral sciences.
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The particular focus of the Child Development major offered by Vanderbilt University is understanding the scientific study of the biological, cognitive, and social development of young humans. The major is excellent preparation for graduate study in selected social science and professional fields (e.g., psychology, medicine, nursing, education, and public policy) and offers an appropriate complementary (or second) major for undergraduate students simultaneously pursing a major in Cognitive Studies, Early Childhood or Elementary Education, Human and Organizational Development, or Special Education.

Key facts:

  • The curriculum is designed to ensure that students develop a background in the liberal arts and science and a clear understanding of the theories, major research findings, and research methods central to the field of Child Development. Additionally, students choose and develop an area of expertise in Child Development. Based on their interests, students select classes from the Liberal Education Core, composed of required and elective courses in Communication, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Science, and Social Science. 
  • A clear understanding of developmental theory and research central to the field is attained through the major core courses. These courses include an overview of Child Development, courses focused on particular aspects of human development (cognition; social and personality development), courses related to major epochs of child development (infancy and adolescence); and courses devoted to the major research methodologies in the field (experimental and psychometric). The major allows students to take a host of elective courses allowing individualization within the major.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Infancy
  • Cognitive Aspects of Human Development
  • Adolescent Development

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • All required parts of the Coalition Application, Common Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee, or fee waiver for qualified students
  • Official high school transcript
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Two academic teacher recommendations
  • Optional for students applying for fall 2021 entry:  SAT or ACT scores 
  • Official results of the TOEFL, TOEFL Special Home Edition, IELTS, PTE Academic, or Duolingo English Test if applicable
  • A completed College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile, if applicable

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Nashville

  • 1183 - 2200 USD/month
    Living Costs

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