Youth Studies

An Office of Professional Studies Program

The Bachelor of Science with a major in Youth Studies provides students with a integrated view into the cultures and dynamics of young people with an emphasis on developmental strategies for working effectively with youth in a variety of settings. Sociological principles provide the overall guiding framework for the program.

Course of Study

Full Degree

Completer Degree

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Explain the implications of the psychological and physiological uniqueness of youth and adolescents.
  • Demonstrate the skills required to implement and evaluate youth development and advocacy programs.
  • Critically assess the ethical, legal & regulatory issues affecting the advocacy of youth and family. 
  • Evaluate the reliability and credibility of data supporting current trends and future needs of youth and families. 

Career and Future Graduate Study Possibilities

With a degree in Youth Studies, you may begin a career as a:

  • Child Care Worker/Provider
  • Social Services Caseworker
  • Youth Ministry Worker
  • Summer Camp Supervisor/Administrator
  • Legislative Advocate for Children & Youth
  • Juvenile Court Liaison
  • Nonprofit Program Developer
  • After-school/Community Program Coordinator
  • Hospital Administration
  • Foster Services or Group Home worker

With a graduate degree, you can continue to work with youth as a:

  • Classroom teacher - master's degree, certification required
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Master of Social Work, licensure required
  • Licensed Counselor - graduate study in counseling, licensure required
  • Clinical Psychologist - Ph.D. required