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Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development

Undergraduate Studies

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At Tufts, you'll work with your peers and renowned faculty to learn the foundations of child study and human development.

The undergraduate program in Child Study and Human Development provides students with a strong foundation for developing a deep understanding of children and youth, for working with diverse groups of children, adolescents, and their families, and for carrying out research on applied issues. Housed in a multidisciplinary department, the program can lead to a variety of careers, including careers in medicine and health, education, public policy, law, and applied research.

The department offers both a major and minor in our undergraduate program and provides opportunities for students to gain valuable applied experience in a variety of courses and settings, including hospitals, schools, clinics, educational television studios, museums, and juvenile courts. In addition, there are opportunities to do applied research projects and participate in ongoing research in one of the department's labs.

Concentrations of study

Eliot-Pearson offers undergraduate students majoring in CSHD, several opportunities to prepare for a professional specialty. The program offers concentrations of study for students who wish to focus on one area within child, youth, and/or family development. Alternatively, a student may wish to develop an individualized plan of study (IPS), which is constructed together with the academic advisor.

The concentrations of study offered to undergraduate CSHD majors are:

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Undergraduate major and minor program requirements

Learn more about CSHD faculty and research