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Youth Studies B.S.

School of Social Work
College of Education and Human Development
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2012
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 61 to 64
  • N/A
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
Youth studies is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for practice and scholarship. Faculty conduct community-based action research and evaluation on youth issues, programs, policies, and services. The major emphasizes civic engagement for young people marginalized in their communities. Coursework focuses on everyday lives of young people; working with urban, marginalized, and other youth populations; and international/global perspectives and youth civic engagement Youth studies courses move students into the community through regular site visits, program observations, service-learning placements, international exchanges, and internships. Students are supported by culturally competent academic advising and one-on-one student-elder partnerships with faculty, staff, or community leaders. Qualified graduates may pursue graduate study in social work, education, or public policy.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 4 courses before admission to the program.
Freshman and transfer students are usually admitted to pre-major status before admission to this major.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Youth Studies: Preparatory Requirements
YOST requirement
YOST 1001 - Seeing Youth, Thinking Youth: Media, Popular Media, and Scholarship (3.0 cr)
or YOST 2002W {Inactive} [WI] (4.0 cr)
Sociology requirement
SOC 1001 - Introduction to Sociology [SOCS, DSJ] (4.0 cr)
or PSTL 1211 - Sociological Perspectives: A Multicultural America [SOCS, DSJ] (4.0 cr)
Statistics requirement
STAT 1001 - Introduction to the Ideas of Statistics [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or PSTL 1004 - Statistics: Understanding and Applying Data [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or EPSY 3264 - Basic and Applied Statistics [MATH] (3.0 cr)
Social science requirement
CPSY 2xxx
or POL 1xxx
or FSOS 1xxx
or GEOG 1301W - Our Globalizing World [SOCS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
or psychology
PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
or PSTL 1281 - Principles of Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
or PSTL 1289 {Inactive} [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or anthropology
ANTH 1003W - Understanding Cultures [SOCS, GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
or ANTH 1005W - Introduction to Cultural Diversity and the World System [SOCS, GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
or PSTL 1285W {Inactive} [WI] (4.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major or minor in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major or minor (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Foundation Courses
YOST 2101 - Urban Youth and Youth Issues [DSJ] (4.0 cr)
YOST 2241 - Experiential Learning (4.0 cr)
YOST 3001 - Introduction to History & Philosophy of Youthwork (4.0 cr)
YOST 3032 - Adolescent and Youth Development for Youthworkers (4.0 cr)
YOST 3101 - Youthwork: Orientations and Approaches (4.0 cr)
FSOS 2105 - Methods in Family Research (3.0 cr)
or SOC 3801 - Sociological Research Methods (4.0 cr)
Professional Core
Take 9 credits from the following Professional Core:
YOST 3031 - International Youthwork (3.0 cr)
or YOST 3234 - Youth Agencies, Organizations, and Youth Service Systems (3.0 cr)
or YOST 4315 - Youthwork in Schools (4.0 cr)
or YOST 4317 - Youthwork in Contested Spaces (3.0 cr)
or YOST 4319 - Understanding Youth Subcultures (3.0 cr)
or YOST 4401W - Young People's Spirituality and Youthwork: An Introduction [WI] (4.0 cr)
or YOST 4402 - Youth Policy: Enhancing Healthy Development in Everyday Life (4.0 cr)
or YOST 4403 - Indirect Youthwork: Working on Behalf of Young People (4.0 cr)
or YOST 3235 - Community Building, Civic Engagement, and Civic Youthwork (4.0 cr)
or YOST 4301 - Communicating With Adolescents About Sexuality (3.0 cr)
or YOST 4314 - Theater Activities in Youthwork and Education (2.0 cr)
or YOST 4316 - Media and Youth: Learning, Teaching, and Doing (2.0 cr)
or YOST 4321 - Work with Youth: Individual (2.0 cr)
or YOST 4322 - Work with Youth: Families (2.0 cr)
or YOST 4323 - Work with Youth: Groups (2.0 cr)
or YOST 4324 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
or YOST 4325 - Improving Everyday Youthwork: Practical Program Evaluation (3.0 cr)
Advanced/Applied Skills
9 credits minimum, to be completed during final year of study.
YOST 4196 - Youthwork Internship (4.0 cr)
YOST 4411 - Youth Research and Youth Program Evaluation (4.0 cr)
College Communication Courses
COMM 1101 - Introduction to Public Speaking [CIV] (3.0 cr)
or PSTL 1461 - Multicultural Perspectives in Public Speaking [CIV] (3.0 cr)
ENGL 3027W - The Essay [WI] (4.0 cr)
or ENGL 3029W {Inactive} [WI] (3.0 cr)
or WRIT 3562W - Technical and Professional Writing [WI] (4.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Honors UHP
This is an honors sub-plan.
Students admitted to the University Honors Program (UHP) must fulfill UHP requirements in addition to degree program requirements. Honors courses used to fulfill degree program requirements will also fulfill UHP requirements. Current departmental honors course offerings are listed at: Honors students complete an honors thesis project in the final year, most often in conjunction with an honors thesis course, or with an honors directed studies or honors directed research course. Students select honors courses and plan for a thesis project in consultation with their UHP adviser and their departmental faculty adviser.
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