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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 2014
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 62 to 63
  • 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 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.
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)
Sociology requirement
PSTL 1211 - Sociological Perspectives: A Multicultural America [SOCS, DSJ] (4.0 cr)
or SOC 1001 - Introduction to Sociology [SOCS, DSJ] (4.0 cr)
Statistics requirement
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
CPSY 2xxx
or POL 1xxx
or FSOS 1xxx
or GEOG 1301W - Our Globalizing World [SOCS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
or psychology
PSTL 1281 - Principles of Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
or PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 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)
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)
YOST 4325 - Improving Everyday Youthwork: Practical Program Evaluation (3.0 cr)
or FSOS 2105 - Methods in Family Research (3.0 cr)
or SOC 3801 - Sociological Research Methods [WI] (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)
PSTL 3324W - Writing in the Workplace for Education and Human Development Majors [WI] (4.0 cr)
or PSTL 3325W - Project-Based Writing For Education and Human Development Majors [WI] (4.0 cr)
or ENGL 3027W - The Essay [WI] (4.0 cr)
or WRIT 3562W - Technical and Professional Writing [WI] (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 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 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
Advanced/Applied Skills
8 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)
 
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YOST 1001 - Seeing Youth, Thinking Youth: Media, Popular Media, and Scholarship
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Use of life-experience, news and popular media to explore everyday realities of being a young person, as it varies by age social class, race/ethnicity, geography, time period, sexual orientation, and capacity.
PSTL 1211 - Sociological Perspectives: A Multicultural America (SOCS, DSJ)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to sociological thinking through engaged, active learning, including service in community. Interaction of race, class, gender, age with greater societal institutions. Apply foundational understanding of sociology to real world situations.
SOC 1001 - Introduction to Sociology (SOCS, DSJ)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Soc 1001/1011V/1012W
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Scientific study of human societies/behavior. Major theories, methods, concepts, research findings. Characteristics of basic social units, their patterns of interrelation, processes of change. prereq: Soc majors/minors must register A-F
PSTL 1004 - Statistics: Understanding and Applying Data (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to statistics. Problem-solving/decision-making informed by data collection, analysis, interpretation. Estimation, correlation, hypothesis testing, chi-square analysis. prereq: Intermediate algebra or equiv or placement exam
STAT 1001 - Introduction to the Ideas of Statistics (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Graphical/numerical presentations of data. Judging the usefulness/reliability of results/inferences from surveys and other studies to interesting populations. Coping with randomness/variation in an uncertain world. prereq: Mathematics requirement for admission to University
EPSY 3264 - Basic and Applied Statistics (MATH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02317
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introductory statistics. Emphasizes understanding/applying statistical concepts/procedures. Visual/quantitative methods for presenting/analyzing data, common descriptive indices for univariate/bivariate data. Inferential techniques.
GEOG 1301W - Our Globalizing World (SOCS, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01971
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to geographical understandings of globalization and of connections/differences between places.
PSTL 1281 - Principles of Psychology (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00518 - PSTL 1281/PSTL 1289/Psy 1001
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Terminology, theories, and results of research in sensation, perception, cognition, motivation, emotion, learning, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic practices, health, and social behavior. prereq: Have not received college credit for intro psych
PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00518 - PSTL 1281/Psy 1001/Psy 1001H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Scientific study of human behavior. Problems, methods, findings of modern psychology.
ANTH 1003W - Understanding Cultures (SOCS, GP, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to social and cultural anthropology. Comparative study of societies and cultures around the world. Topics include adaptive strategies; economic processes; kinship, marriage, and gender; social stratification; politics and conflicts; religion and ritual; personality and culture.
ANTH 1005W - Introduction to Cultural Diversity and the World System (SOCS, GP, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Anthropology of cultural diversity, in the United States and around the world. Comparative study of relationship between local cultures and global processes. Race/ethnicity, economic/social organization, political/religious systems, gender, social change.
YOST 2101 - Urban Youth and Youth Issues (DSJ)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
What it is like to be a young person in a city, in the United States and worldwide. prereq: 1001 or instr consent
YOST 2241 - Experiential Learning
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01135
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
History/theory of experiential learning, its application in youthwork. Observation, reflection, program design, and evaluation skills grounded in experiential learning theory. 15 hours of field observation required. prereq: [1001, 2001] or instr consent
YOST 3001 - Introduction to History & Philosophy of Youthwork
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Foundations of youthwork. Where contemporary American youthwork stands, particularly in comparison with international perspectives on youth/youthwork. prereq: 2xxx or instr consent
YOST 3032 - Adolescent and Youth Development for Youthworkers
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01134
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Application of theory/research about children/adolescents. How findings can be used. How theories facilitate understanding of behavior. prereq: 1001 or 2001 or 2002W or 2101, [any Psych or CPsy course]
YOST 3101 - Youthwork: Orientations and Approaches
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Historical/contemporary approaches to youthwork, diverse settings in which it is done, importance of worker's life experience in crafting ethical, effective practice. At least 15 hours of field experience. prereq: One gen psy course, one gen soc course
YOST 4325 - Improving Everyday Youthwork: Practical Program Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01342
Typically offered: Every Fall
Purpose, methods, and uses of program evaluation. How young people can develop/enhance programs and secure funding. Evaluation as political/moral imperative. prereq: [[1001 or 2101], 3234] or instr consent
FSOS 2105 - Methods in Family Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00757 - FSoS 2105/4105
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Scientific method. Major questions/objectives of family research. Data collection/analysis/reporting. Social context of family research. prereq: STAT 3011 or PSTL 1004 or STAT 1001 or ESPY 3264 or SOC 3811 or SOC 2550 or PSY 3801 or instr consent
SOC 3801 - Sociological Research Methods (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Principles/practice of research design, sampling, data collection including field observation/surveys. Data management/analysis, reporting of quantitative/nonquantitative data. Ethics/administration in sociological research. Lab. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors must register A-F
COMM 1101 - Introduction to Public Speaking (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00670
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Public communication processes, elements, and ethics. Criticism of and response to public discourse. Practice in individual speaking designed to encourage civic participation.
PSTL 1461 - Multicultural Perspectives in Public Speaking (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00670 - Comm 1101H, PSTL 1461, GC 1461
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
How to confidently communicate thoughts/ideas in a public forum. Students present speeches on socially significant topics in multicultural contexts. Focuses on ethics, citizenship, voice, and language.
PSTL 3324W - Writing in the Workplace for Education and Human Development Majors (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Explore professional communication. Research/analysis writing. Memos, reports, proposals, human resource-related documentation, letters or announcements, presentations. prereq: 60+ undergraduate credits, declared major
PSTL 3325W - Project-Based Writing For Education and Human Development Majors (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Writing project focused on problem or issue in field of study. Propose project, identify audience, gather information through primary/secondary research. Create product tailored to audience needs. Collaborative activities/assignments. prereq: 60+ undergraduate credits, declared major
ENGL 3027W - The Essay (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01352
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Incorporating narrative, descriptive, analytical, and persuasive techniques into writing on general topics. Effective argumentation through critical reading. Use of library resources. Awareness of context/audience.
WRIT 3562W - Technical and Professional Writing (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Written/oral communication in professional settings, gathering research, analyzing audience, assessing/practicing multiple genres. Draft, test, revise present findings in oral presentation. prereq: [Jr or sr or instr consent], [1301 or 1401 or equiv]
YOST 3031 - International Youthwork
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01136 - YoSt 3031/YoSt 5031
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Lives of young people living outside the United States and of immigrants/refugees now resident in this country. Working with and on behalf of such groups. Socio-political analysis of globalization, its impact on young people, youthwork, and youth policy worldwide. prereq: 2xxx or instr consent
YOST 3234 - Youth Agencies, Organizations, and Youth Service Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01137
Typically offered: Every Spring
Communities/governmental responses to young people as potential problems through agencies, programs, and other organizational forms. Purpose, structure, and activities of such forms. How the forms are/are not integrated into youth service systems. prereq: [Two soc/anth courses, work experience in youth [agency or org]] or instr consent
YOST 3235 - Community Building, Civic Engagement, and Civic Youthwork
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01127 - YoSt 3235/YoSt 5235
Typically offered: Every Spring
Reciprocities between youth development and community development brought about by young people's civic engagement. Individual, social, and political change by/for young people and their community. prereq: [2001, One basic course in Pol, one basic course in Soc] or instr consent
YOST 3240 - Special Topics in Youth Studies
Credits: 2.0 -8.0 [max 10.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01174
Prerequisites: [Two social sci courses, exp working with youth] or #
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
In-depth investigation of one area of youth studies. Teaching procedure/approach determined by specific topic and student needs. Topic announced in advance. prereq: [Two social sci courses, exp working with youth] or instr consent
YOST 4301 - Communicating With Adolescents About Sexuality
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01195
Typically offered: Every Summer
How to communicate sensitively/effectively with adolescents and their concerned persons about sexuality in everyday life. Focuses on healthy sexual development (physical, emotional, ethical) and sexual diversities. Adolescent sexual issues: gender, body image, disease, sexual violence, intimacy, sex in cyberspace. prereq: 1001 or 2002W or instr consent
YOST 4314 - Theater Activities in Youthwork and Education
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01329
Typically offered: Every Spring
Empowering methods of personal/creative development using experiential learning and theater activities to enhance creativity/imagination. Approaches to working with youth in school and youth agency settings. Experiential learning, improvisational theater theory/practice. prereq: 1001 or 2101
YOST 4315 - Youthwork in Schools
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01138
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Craft of youthwork as a framework to understand life-worlds of young people and a practice to enhance healthy development. How young people often divide their lives into artificial/harmful divide: ?school? and ?not school.? prereq: Introductory course in education or instr consent
YOST 4316 - Media and Youth: Learning, Teaching, and Doing
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01786
Typically offered: Every Spring
How to use various media sources with young people to enhance their development and civic engagement. prereq: 1001 or 2101 or instr consent
YOST 4317 - Youthwork in Contested Spaces
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Consequences of rganized violence on everyday lives/futures of youth. Violence in conflict/post-conflict societies. Role of youthwork under these circumstances. prereq: 1001 or 2101 or instr consent; 3101 recommended
YOST 4319 - Understanding Youth Subcultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01128
Typically offered: Every Summer
Young people's participation in and understanding of subcultures, life-styles, and event cultures. Place of these in young people's identity, friendship, and life chances. prereq: [1001, one basic course in [ANTH or SOC]] or instr consent
YOST 4321 - Work with Youth: Individual
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01196
Typically offered: Every Fall
Assumptions underlying individual work with youth. Issues/concerns of adolescents and of persons who work with them in one-to-one interactions. prereq: 1001 or 2101 or instr consent
YOST 4322 - Work with Youth: Families
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01197
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theories /techniques of working with youth and their families. Emphasizes practical methods of structural change, developing effective communication, decision-making and problem-solving systems, winning the family's cooperation. Role of professional in influencing healthy family development. prereq: 1001 or 2002W or instr consent
YOST 4323 - Work with Youth: Groups
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01198
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Social group work, adolescent group needs/associations. Group process. Working with diverse groups of youth in community, in group living situations, and in group therapy. prereq: [[1001 or 2002W], 4321] or instr consent
YOST 4401W - Young People's Spirituality and Youthwork: An Introduction (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01123 - YoSt 4401/YoSt 5401
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Adolescent spirituality, its relation to working with young people. Faith/spirituality as necessary for healthy youth development. Knowledge, attitudes, and skills to recognize spirituality in cultural, social, economic, and political worlds. prereq: 1001 or 2002W or instr consent
YOST 4402 - Youth Policy: Enhancing Healthy Development in Everyday Life
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01130 - YoSt 4402/YoSt 5402
Typically offered: Every Spring
Youth policy as formulated in response to youth issues, problems, and community/public concerns. Policy as political response to youth panics, as indirect youthwork, and as a community's moral compact with its young people. Perspectives explored are specific to student interests. prereq: [1001, 2002W] or instr consent
YOST 4196 - Youthwork Internship
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Supervised field learning in school-/community-based organizations/agencies. Emphasizes youthwork practice. prereq: Declaration of youth studies major, instr consent
YOST 4411 - Youth Research and Youth Program Evaluation
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Field research practicum. Basic social science approaches to the study of youth. Evaluating youth programs. Students complete a simple youth research/evaluation study. prereq: Basic research methods course or instr consent