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Bachelor of Science Degree • School of Healh Professions
and Education

Studying Psychology - Child Life: The UC Advantage

The psychology - child life major at Utica College is an interdisciplinary program that enhances your understanding of children, adolescents, and their families in preparation for rewarding careers that focus on child growth and development. 

Psychology - child life in the community

With an exceptionally accomplished faculty and excellent facilities, the psychology - child life program has earned national recognition for its contributions to the discipline, receiving the prestigious Distinguished Service Award from the Child Life Council, the leading nonprofit professional association serving child life specialists. The major features an emphasis on research and applied knowledge, with many opportunities for internships and other real-world experiences.


The psychology - child life major offers two concentrations:
     - prepares students to meet the psychological needs of children and adolescents who are chronically or acutely ill.
    - considers the impact on children of a number of common stressful situations.
The program is interdisciplinary with a curriculum that draws on psychology, early childhood education, sociology, and anthropology.
For specific program details, see academic requirements >

Program Student Learning Goals

Career Outcomes

The psychology - child life program prepares you for career opportunities in a variety of settings that include:
  • Hospitals
  • Hospice
  • Early intervention
  • Child care
  • Social services settings
  • Schools
UC psychology - child life alumni have taken leadership positions at:
  • Brooklyn Hospital Center
  • Noah's Ark (Dover, NH)
  • North Country Transitional Living Services
  • St. Christopher's Hospital for Children