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Youth Studies Minor

School of Social Work
College of Education and Human Development
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2024
  • Required credits in this minor: 16
The youth studies is a 16-credit undergraduate minor that addresses youth as an idea, youth as young people, youthhood as the everyday lives of young people, and the responses of communities to this population. Participants in the youth studies minor learn about and critically analyze at a beginning level the families of ideas, models, concepts, discourses, and ways of understanding, responding to, and working with young people. Participants craft their unique program from among the required designated courses to prepare for graduate training/education in the many scholarly and youth work professional fields. Participants do not become trained workers with youth nor receive any certification to do youth work in any participating field.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Youth Studies Minor Courses
YOST 1001 - Seeing Youth, Thinking Youth: Media, Popular Media, and Scholarship [CIV] (3.0 cr)
Youth Studies Electives
Electives to be chosen in consultation with Youth Studies advisor.
Take exactly 13 credit(s) from the following:
· YOST 3xxx
· YOST 4xxx
· SW 3601 - Solidarity & Community-led Transformation in South Africa [GP, CIV] (3.0 cr)
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YOST 1001 - Seeing Youth, Thinking Youth: Media, Popular Media, and Scholarship (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course is an invitation to meet and engage with the field of Youth Studies. This is an introductory course to a subject you already know about ? you?ve lived its content; thought about it; you may even written poems, made a video or posted a meme about this life-moment. Since you know this so well, why take a university course on it? You will leave this course better able to notice the young people around you; wonder about them and their lives; name, describe and analyze what you see and hear and read about youth. This course is about all young people. This means that we are attentive to including material about youth from diverse backgrounds, many ethnic/racial, social class, linguistic, and geographic locations or those who have a variety of physical and mental capacities, those who are ?normal? and ?typical? and those who are ?not?. Together, we will examine myths and stereotypes about youth, where they come from, and how to deconstruct them using a variety of lenses-- social, popular and news media, young adult novels, academic articles, biographies, and more. We will do this through engaging class discussions and activities. You will learn how to use critical ethnography ?in the field? where you will observe and write about youth in a variety of settings including malls, sporting events, busses, coffee shops, and music venues. We believe that an introductory college course is a space and time to reflect, analyze, and learn about what matters to you, about who you are and about the work others have done and what you want to do. In these ways, this course introduces ways of being an engaged and thoughtful student, citizen and professional, all of which require critical thinking skills and an ability to work across difference and diversity. In this course, students will develop skills in assessment, reflection/reflexivity, deconstruction, empathy and judgement; all precursors for professional decision-making in careers like youth work, policy, public health, education, communications, and other fields. We hope this course may lead to reflecting on your occupational future and vocational call.
SW 3601 - Solidarity & Community-led Transformation in South Africa (GP, CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Though the magnificence of South Africa's people and landscapes is vast, it is often said that visitors ignore the view by overlooking the juxtaposition between acute poverty in the townships and immensely affluent neighborhoods (built for-and-by the white minority during Apartheid). Mindful visitors often put into question the free market and recognize that Apartheid's history of racism and classism still exists in all fabrics of life; and, many westerners try to assist through service or volunteerism without fostering real change. In Africa, service is a billion-dollar industry. Abuse by western volunteer organizations and other programs has included half-finished work, time and resources drained from communities, and unchanged volunteers. But, do we do nothing? In this course, we will explore the dynamics of power, privilege, and repression through social justice advocacy and scholarly analysis of the oppressive savior complex.