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Sociology: Youth Studies

Program Overview

Make a lasting difference in the lives of young people. Our sociology major with a concentration in youth studies will prepare you to work in a community or school program focused on youth.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On Campus
Program Length: 4 years
Credit Hours: 36

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

A major in sociology with a concentration in youth studies gives you a better understanding of the sociology of adolescence and childhood and prepares you to work with young people in a variety of settings.

You’ll examine the impact of gender, ethnicity and social class on youth development. You’ll explore subjects such as family; adolescence; childhood and education; and youth welfare. You’ll get real-world experience through service learning in a local school or agency. And you’ll gain the skills to create effective youth development programs.

CMU is the nation’s first and only school to offer a youth studies concentration in the sociology major as well as a youth studies minor.

Program Highlights

As a sociology student with a concentration in youth studies, you can:

  • Enroll in courses on childhood, adolescence, education, and the family.
  • Conduct research with faculty members and through class projects.
  • Gain hands-on experience through a capstone service-learning opportunity with a local school or agency.
  • Apply for scholarships designed specifically for students of sociology.

Careers & Outcomes

A sociology major with a concentration in youth studies prepares you to work in community and school programs designed to improve the experiences of youth. Popular options include juvenile probation case worker, youth program director, school social worker and youth counselor.

Career Projected Salary
College Professor/Instructor $79,640
Social Science Researcher $55,076
Family/School/General Social Worker $54,776

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