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. This 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 have experience in applying what they are learning in a real-world setting. Students with a related major such as Sociology, Recreation, Human Development and Family Studies, and Psychology will gain knowledge and experience that will specifically benefit those entering careers that work closely with youth.
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree in any field at SDSU may complete a minor in Youth and Community Work through the Sociology department at SDSU.
To minor in Youth and Community Work, a student must take a total of 18 hours of coursework, nine credits of which are required courses and nine credits can be chosen from the list of electives below. A grade of “C” or better is required in all minor courses. No classes may count for both the minor and the major or for any other minor offered by the department.
REQUIRED COURSES & ELECTIVES
REQUIRED COURSES (9 hours)
- SOC 282 Youth and Community
- SOC 283 Working with Diverse Populations
- SOC 286 Service Learning
- SOC 494 Internship
ELECTIVE COURSES (9 hours)
- CJUS 436 Juvenile Justice
- ENGL 240 Juvenile Literature
- HDFS 337 Human Development & Personality II: Adolescence
- PSYC 327 Child Psychology
- PSYC 364 Cross Cultural Psychology
- PSYC 436 Drugs & Behavior
- RECR 101 Parks & Society
- RECR 492 Fundamentals of Recreation Leadership
- RECR 362 Recreation Across the Lifespan
- SOC 150 Social Problems
- SOC 270 Introduction to Social Work
- SOC 271 Social Work Skills & Methods I
- SOC 325 Domestic & Intimate Violence
- SOC 377 Documentation in Practice Settings
- SOC 400 Social Policy
- SOC 433 Leadership & Organization
- SOC 455 Juvenile Delinquency
- SOC 492 Topics: Drugs & Society
This minor provides students experiences to gain 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 with a related major such as Sociology, Recreation, Human Development and Family Studies, and Psychology will be well prepared to work in setting specifically targeting youth.
According to recent industry projections, many fields related to youth and community are expected to experience increased employment opportunities.