Consider how youth affect the world. Consider an occupation working with youth.
If you are passionate about improving young lives, we will help you gain the knowledge and resources you need. You'll learn how to work with young people from every walk of life, with an emphasis on urban youth and those from diverse communities. You won't just learn in the classroom—you'll be active in the community. As a youth studies major, you can start making a difference the moment you get to campus.
- Internships, service learning, and visits to community centers offer real-world interaction with youth
- Learning abroad opportunities that relate to your major, such as a study of youth culture in Tunisia
- One-on-one mentor partnerships with a community leader or a University faculty or staff member
- Undergraduate research opportunities such as studying the impact of after-school music programs on children
Careers with meaning
Potential employers include:
- Boys and girls clubs
- Parks and recreation departments
- Juvenile justice facilities
- YMCAs and YWCAs
Explore careers in youth studies.
Foundation courses, such as sociology, psychology, and statistics
Major courses, including urban youth, experiential learning, youth development, research methods, and an applied internship
Professional core courses, such as international youth work, youth policy, community building, media and youth, and more