Twin Cities Campus
Youth Studies B.S.
School of Social Work
College of Education and Human Development
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 requirements for the majors at the College of Education and Human Develop fulfill a number of the University's required Liberal Education cores and themes. Students have multiple options for fulfilling remaining LE requirements. The courses listed below fulfill the remaining Youth Studies B.S. LE requirements and are designed explicitly to align with CEHD's mission by providing foundational skill development and preparation for advanced coursework in Youth Studies. Courses include: PsTL 1112, PsTL 1131, PsTL 1135, PsTL 1163, PsTL 1231, PsTL 1251, PsTL 1312, PsTL 1365W, PsTL 1366, PsTL 1367W, and PsTL 1368.
This program is available:
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.
Youth Studies: Preparatory Requirements
YOST 1001 - Seeing Youth, Thinking Youth: Media, Popular Media, and Scholarship (3.0 cr)
PSTL 1211 - Sociological Perspectives: A Multicultural America [SOCS, DSJ] (4.0 cr)
or SOC 1001 - Introduction to Sociology [SOCS, DSJ] (4.0 cr)
PSTL 1004 - Statistics: Understanding and Applying Data [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or STAT 1001 - Introduction to the Ideas of Statistics [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or EPSY 3264 - Basic and Applied Statistics [MATH] (3.0 cr)
Social science requirement
or POL 1xxx
or FSOS 1xxx
or GEOG 1301W - Our Globalizing World [SOCS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
PSTL 1281 - Principles of Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
or PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
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).
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)
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)
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 3235 - Community Building, Civic Engagement, and Civic Youthwork (4.0 cr)
or YOST 3240 - Special Topics in Youth Studies (2.0-8.0 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 4315 - Youthwork in Schools (4.0 cr)
or YOST 4316 - Media and Youth: Learning, Teaching, and Doing (2.0 cr)
or YOST 4317 - Youthwork in Contested Spaces (3.0 cr)
or YOST 4319 - Understanding Youth Subcultures (3.0 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 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)