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Youth and Children’s Studies (BA)


What is a youth? What is a child? And what does it mean to grow up in the contemporary world? Our Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Youth and Children’s Studies uses these questions as the basis for exploration into the cultures of childhood and adolescence.

You’ll have the opportunity to work directly with youth and children through a required Community Service-Learning course, in which you’ll be placed in various child-care and educational settings. In addition, a number of courses include opportunities for active participation as a researcher, leader or caregiver in a variety of fields related to youth and children.

You’ll also take relevant courses in History, Psychology, Health Studies, Criminology and English, and graduate with a deep understanding of the issues affecting the lives of young people in the past and the present, in North America and around the world.

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Program Highlights

  • Our program looks at children and youth from many different perspectives, using tools from psychology, criminology, media studies, Indigenous studies, health studies, literature and history.
  • You’ll graduate with a range of skills that will help you approach contemporary social, cultural, educational, legal and health issues that face children, and those who work with them.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Youth and Children Through the Ages
  • Children, Toys and Media
  • Youth Cultures
  • Children’s Rights

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  • Admission range from low-mid 70s.
  • English at 60%.
  • More admission requirements are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.


Whether you hope to be a teacher, social worker, social services case worker, family lawyer or child advocate, a degree in Youth and Children’s Studies will give you a solid and flexible foundation on which to build your career.

Graduates of the program are well positioned for future study/career in:

  • Education
  • Social work
  • Family law
  • Social services
  • Children’s advocacy

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