Mary Emery, Department Head
Department of Sociology & Rural Studies
Hansen Hall 004
In a world of rapid economic, social, and technological change, the minor in Youth and Community Work provides a strong and interdisciplinary approach for gaining applicable knowledge, developing necessary skills, and cultivating empathy for young people and their community-based needs. The minor provides students with course work that addresses the skills necessary to work in recreational programs, Boys and Girls Clubs, and other related positions in community centers, schools, churches and other non-profits. Students will gain knowledge about the need for youth to be connected to meaningful community experiences, the expertise needed to work effectively with diverse groups, and basic knowledge about the experiences and needs of young people. Students will also have experience in applying what they are learning in a real-world setting.
Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates with a minor in Youth and Community Work will be able to:
- understand the interdisciplinary nature of the study of community and youth/adult relations;
- describe how social forces shape community, family, school and youth lives;
- comprehend the nature, aspects, and theories of organizational culture as they relate to the development and involvement of youth;
- apply applicable theories and practices to the solution of problems related to youth development and engagement including leadership development, group process and organizational development;
- value the importance of diversity in the community and workplace;
- employ a socially responsive ethical framework to youth development and engagement; and
- understand and practice professional skills related to youth programming.
Course Delivery Format
The program offers coursework on campus, on-line, and at attendance centers around the state.