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Twin Cities Campus

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 2021
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 60 to 63
  • 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 and 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 Development (CEHD) fulfill a number of the University's required liberal education (LE) cores and themes. Students have multiple options for fulfilling remaining LE requirements. The courses listed below fulfill the remaining youth studies BS 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: YOST 1366, YOST 1368W, FSOS 1211, CI 1032, CI 1121, EPSY 1261, EPSY 1281, and EDHD 1525W.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
First Year Experience
All in-coming CEHD Freshmen must complete the Firs-Year Inquiry course EDHD 1525W.
Take 0 - 4 credit(s) from the following:
· EDHD 1525W - First-Year Inquiry: Multidisciplinary Ways of Knowing [WI] (4.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs 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, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
At least 19 upper-division credits in the major must be taken at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.
Preparatory Courses
YOST 1001 - Seeing Youth, Thinking Youth: Media, Popular Media, and Scholarship [CIV] (3.0 cr)
Sociology Requirement
FSOS 1211 - An Interdisciplinary Look at the Family in Multicultural America [DSJ, SOCS] (4.0 cr)
or SOC 1001 - Introduction to Sociology [SOCS, DSJ] (4.0 cr)
Statistics Requirement
EPSY 3264 - Basic and Applied Statistics [MATH] (3.0 cr)
or EPSY 1261 - Understanding Data Stories through Visualization & Computing [MATH] (3.0 cr)
or STAT 1001 - Introduction to the Ideas of Statistics [MATH] (4.0 cr)
Social Science Requirement
EPSY 1281 - Psychological Science Applied [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
or CPSY 2xxx
or POL 1xxx
or FSOS 1xxx
or GEOG 1301W - Our Globalizing World [SOCS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
or PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
or ANTH 1003W - Understanding Cultures [SOCS, GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
or ANTH 1003V - Understanding Cultures: Honors [SOCS, GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
College Communication Courses
FSOS 1461 - Presentations at Work: Families, Communities, Nonprofits, and Schools [CIV] (3.0 cr)
or COMM 1101 - Introduction to Public Speaking [CIV] (3.0 cr)
or OLPD 1461 - Presentations in Work Settings: Business & Marketing Education and Human Resource Development [CIV] (3.0 cr)
YOST 3325W - Project-Based Writing For Education and Human Development Majors [WI] (4.0 cr)
or OLPD 3324W - Writing in the Workplace 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)
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 (4.0 cr)
Professional Core
Take 9 credits from the following professional core: ** YOST 3011 (3 cr) can also be applied as part of your Professional Core ** These courses are offered at the graduate level, but are not approved for the major: YOST 5011, 5240, 5301, 5314, 5315, 5316, 5317, 5319, 5321, 5322, 5323, 5401, 5402.
YOST 3031 - International Youthwork (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 3011 - Young Voices: The Fight for Social Change in Croatia [GP] (3.0 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)
Upper Division Writing Intensive within the Major
Students are required to take one upper division writing intensive course within the major. If that requirement has not been satisfied within the core major requirements, students must choose one course from the following list. Some of these courses may also fulfill other major requirements.
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· YOST 3325W - Project-Based Writing For Education and Human Development Majors [WI] (4.0 cr)
· YOST 4401W - Young People's Spirituality and Youthwork: An Introduction [WI] (4.0 cr)
· OLPD 3324W - Writing in the Workplace for Education and Human Development Majors [WI] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3027W - The Essay [WI] (4.0 cr)
· WRIT 3562W - Technical and Professional Writing [WI] (4.0 cr)
 
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EDHD 1525W - First-Year Inquiry: Multidisciplinary Ways of Knowing (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02484 - EDHD1525V/EDHD1525W/PSTL 1525V
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Writing intensive multidisciplinary approach to addressing the common question, "How can one person make a difference?" Students read a common book/work collaboratively to produce a final project. Active learning strategies to develop students' skills in critical reading, thinking, and writing.
YOST 1001 - Seeing Youth, Thinking Youth: Media, Popular Media, and Scholarship (CIV)
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.
FSOS 1211 - An Interdisciplinary Look at the Family in Multicultural America (DSJ, SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02469 - FSoS 1211/PsTL 1211
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course is designed as an introduction to multicultural families using an ecological lens. The institution of the family is recognized globally as a basic unit of a society that produces, develops, socializes, and launches the next generation of its citizenry. This course will focus on families in contemporary America, a society that has grown increasingly diverse, and faces many complex challenges in today?s global environment. Using a human ecological lens allows us to examine families in their nested and interdependent environments--how individuals shape and are shaped by families, their human built environments, their socio-cultural environments, and their natural-physical environments. This is a service learning class.
SOC 1001 - Introduction to Sociology (SOCS, DSJ)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00445 - Soc 1001/Soc 1011V/Soc 1012W
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course is designed to introduce you to the study of society and what sociologists call the "sociological imagination:" a way of viewing the events, relationships and social phenomena that shape our individual lives and much of our collective experience. Through the course we will examine some of the central concepts and problems that have preoccupied both classical and contemporary sociologists and gain a sense of how the sociological imagination can illuminate the social forces that have a concrete impact on our everyday lives. Throughout the course you will be asked to consider the ways in which society affects your life, and how you, in turn, affect society. prereq: Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F
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.
EPSY 1261 - Understanding Data Stories through Visualization & Computing (MATH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02460
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Academics and researchers have long used data & visualization to support and illuminate particular narratives in their scholarship. Today, data visualizations are found not only in the pages of academic journals; many non-academics, including journalists and activists, use increasingly complex data visualizations and statistical summaries to convey salient information and storylines. This course will help students build on their statistical thinking and understanding learned in high school to think critically about the use of summaries and visualization and their role in the data narrative. It will also cover the use of computational tools and methods for creating data summaries and visualization that facilitate seeing patterns and relationships in data, and producing better narrative through communicating with data. Students will learn course material through in-class activities and projects conducted in cooperative learning groups and through assignments requiring the application of concepts and technology presented in class to additional real-world examples of data visualization.
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 1281 - Psychological Science Applied (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
The course introduces students to applied psychology as a discipline and reviews fundamental principles of psychology through the lenses of applied and professional areas that are the foci of CEHD majors. Specifically, through the lenses of education, we review principles of learning, memory, development, intelligence, and interventions; through the lenses of health and wellness, we review personality, biological, social, and cognitive bases of normal and abnormal behavior, as well as treatments; and, through the lenses of business and organizations, we review principles of motivation, sensation perception, and social behavior. Thus, these psychological principles are considered theoretically, empirically, and through examples for application, with lab discussions and projects emphasizing education, business, health and wellness. The course serves as a foundation for future coursework in education, health sciences, and psychology, and is consistent with the APA’s public education effort to demonstrate how the science and application of psychology benefits society and improves lives.
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.
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]
Course Equivalencies: 02508
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
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 1003V - Understanding Cultures: Honors (SOCS, GP, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02508
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to social/cultural anthropology. Comparative study of societies/cultures around world. Adaptive strategies. Economic processes. Kinship, marriage, gender. Social stratification. Politics/conflicts. Religion/ritual. Personality/Culture. prereq: Honors
FSOS 1461 - Presentations at Work: Families, Communities, Nonprofits, and Schools (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02467
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course prepares students to present information and adjust their messages based on audience need in a variety of future work contexts. Students interested in majoring in Family Social Science, Education, Youth Studies, and Kinesiology will take this course in order to develop the disciplinary practices used in counseling, community-based organizations, education, and health sciences to convey important, and often sensitive, material to specific audiences.
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.
OLPD 1461 - Presentations in Work Settings: Business & Marketing Education and Human Resource Development (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02467
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course prepares students to present information and hone their messages based on audience need in a variety of business, leadership, and workplace contexts. Students interested in majoring in Business and Marketing Education (BME), Human Resource Development (HRD), and other majors can take this course in order to develop the disciplinary practices used in training and development, as well as business and industry to convey vital and timely messages.
YOST 3325W - Project-Based Writing For Education and Human Development Majors (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02408
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
OLPD 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
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]
Course Equivalencies: 01235
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course introduces students to technical and professional writing through various readings and assignments in which students analyze and create texts that work to communicate complex information, solve problems, and complete tasks. Students gain knowledge of workplace genres as well as to develop skills in composing such genres. This course allows students to practice rhetorically analyzing writing situations and composing genres such as memos, proposals, instructions, research reports, and presentations. Students work in teams to develop collaborative content and to compose in a variety of modes including text, graphics, video, audio, and digital. Students also conduct both primary and secondary research and practice usability testing. The course emphasizes creating documents that are goal-driven and appropriate for a specific context and audience.
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 - YoSt 3032/YoSt 5032
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
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 ESPY 1261 or SOC 3811 or SOC 2550 or PSY 3801 or instr consent
SOC 3801 - Sociological Research Methods
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course provides an introduction to the materials and methods of social science research in a comprehensive and critical way. The course begins by introducing social science research, including philosophical and theoretical foundations. The course then covers the primary components of research design, including conceptualization, operationalization and measurement, primary and secondary data collection and sources, sampling, and the logic of comparison(s). prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors must register A-F
YOST 3031 - International Youthwork
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01136
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the lives of young people living outside of the US, foreign young people living here (immigrants and refugees), and work with both groups, directly and on their behalf. This course is part of our larger effort to include international content in our curriculum, both to prepare you for such work and as another way to reflect on practice in the U.S. Every effort will be made to focus classwork and course assignments on your interests. It is commonplace to write or say that we live now in a global world, a globalized, interconnected economy, of instant audio, visual and electronic communication. This is true for many worldwide, while there are also enormous numbers of people living their everyday lives outside of, or on the margins of, this instant, interconnected and interdependent world. Many of these are young people, ages 12-22 (or older depending on local definitions of youth and adult). Our concern will be on these youth populations worldwide, and include analysis and reflection of the effects of these and related socioeconomic and cultural structures on the everyday lives of young people, as this varies by age, social class, race/ethnicity, sex, geography, language, capacity, sexual orientation and the like. Basic to our orientation is the belief that one cannot understand the everyday lives of young people, indeed individual young persons, without grasping their social, cultural, economic and political embeddedness in their local youth and adult worlds. Every individual lives somewhere at some time and this ?hereness and thereness? have a history, meanings and understandings, which are sources of the unique individual: Each person is social and cultural, as well as psychological. Given this basic orientation, how might we go about understanding young people and their everyday lives if we don?t know their actual, everyday-life worlds? prereq: 2xxx 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 - YoSt 3240/YoSt 5240
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 - YoSt 4301/YoSt 5301
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
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 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: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
How does youth work change in contested spaces? Do youth workers require different competencies to work in a ?world that has been made strange through the desolating experience of violence and loss?? This course continually revisits these questions as we read about, research within, and talk to others who have worked in contested spaces. The course ends by describing and developing an understanding of youth work in current and post-violently divided societies internationally, such as Northern Ireland, Palestine, South Africa, and India. Veena Das? work in India around social suffering, will be used to frame the work and understand the overall aims and goals of community based youth work in such places. Indeed, youth work in contested spaces began in these worlds marked by suffering, loss, and a legacy of violence. One purpose of the course is to explore youth work practice in contexts marked by suffering, loss, and violence. During the first two thirds of the course, we begin to understand how contested spaces exist all around us, some that we are well aware of because we also experience and are shaped by them, and others that exist only slightly further away from our own personal experience. To gain a deeper understanding of what it is like to work in contested space, students and faculty will talk with and visit different organizations and people working in different ?contested spaces.? Over two weeks we will talk with community members and young people to gain insight into how contested spaces provides background and context for growing up, what major issues young people face living and growing up in this space, and what work is currently going on to address the contested nature of the community. The course also supports an autobiographical turn, asking students to begin to reflect on, and understand the contested spaces that they too were a part of, either as victim or instigator. We end the course by analyzing the data we have collected on the neighborhood, our own personal experience of contested spaces and searching for themes and touchstones to guide youth work in such spaces. prereq: 1001 or 2101 or instr consent; 3101 recommended
YOST 4319 - Understanding Youth Subcultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01128 - YoSt 4319/YoSt 5319
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & 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: Periodic Fall & 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 3011 - Young Voices: The Fight for Social Change in Croatia (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
This international immersion course explores the history, struggles, accomplishments, and experiences of Croatian young people who have engaged in social change efforts. Our focus will be on young people's involvement in a diverse range of social change movements and how these emerged, how they worked, and what caused them to decline.
YOST 4196 - Youthwork Internship
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course introduces you to the practice of youthwork and supports your professional development as a youth worker. The goal is to explore how we can become better reflexive and critical practitioners. This is the required course for the Youth Studies major but is open to all who have an interest in improving practice and want to explore the field of youthwork. The course requires students to participate in BOTH a weekly seminar and a supervised youthwork internship. The focus in seminar is on integrating knowledge and youthwork skills for entry-level professional work with young people. The focus of the supervised fieldwork is on what the experience of doing youthwork with real youth contextually and professionally teaches us about affecting change in the lives of young people. The Youth Studies program takes an interdisciplinary approach to youth work and youth development. Students will integrate different ways of understanding youth into their direct practice. The program also focuses on human rights and social justice. This means accounting for and responding to the many ways discursive and institutional power operates to silence young people. This includes the ways in which power structures what opportunities are available to young people of different genders, sexual orientation, ethnicities, race, classes, geographical locations, etc. Our approach to understanding and responding to these issues is to attend to young people?s everyday lives and the idea of ?youth-in-the-world.? The Youth Studies program expects students to be self-reflexive and critique how they experience privilege as well as how they experience oppression. Students will engage in this analysis of power and privilege from a micro/personal perspective and a macro/ policy perspective. Students will begin to craft responses to lessening these structures on the young people?s everyday lived experiences. 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
YOST 3325W - Project-Based Writing For Education and Human Development Majors (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02408
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
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
OLPD 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
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]
Course Equivalencies: 01235
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course introduces students to technical and professional writing through various readings and assignments in which students analyze and create texts that work to communicate complex information, solve problems, and complete tasks. Students gain knowledge of workplace genres as well as to develop skills in composing such genres. This course allows students to practice rhetorically analyzing writing situations and composing genres such as memos, proposals, instructions, research reports, and presentations. Students work in teams to develop collaborative content and to compose in a variety of modes including text, graphics, video, audio, and digital. Students also conduct both primary and secondary research and practice usability testing. The course emphasizes creating documents that are goal-driven and appropriate for a specific context and audience.