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.
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