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Youth and Children’s Studies (BA)


What does it mean to be a child in the contemporary world? Our Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Youth and Children’s Studies uses this question as the basis for exploration into the cultures of childhood and adolescence. If you are wondering how you can engage with children and youth to make a positive change, Youth and Children's Studies will give you information, research strategies and analytical skills to succeed.

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, Community Health, 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.

New for 2017: Youth and Children’s Studies has entered into an agreement with Laurier’s Faculty of Education; guaranteeing that the top-ranking Youth and Children’s Studies graduates, who meet the requirements for the Bachelor of Education (BEd) program, will be provided a space in the Laurier’s BEd program.

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Program Highlights

  • View the Youth and Children's Studies experience guide and learn about the opportunities at Laurier that will help prepare you, both inside and outside the classroom, for your future career.
  • 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.
  • Top-ranking Youth and Children’s Studies graduates will be guaranteed admission to Laurier’s Bachelor of Education (BEd) program as long as they meet the minimum admission requirements for the BEd program.

Sample Courses

  • Children, Toys and Media
  • Children’s Rights
  • Adoption: Past and Present
  • Immigrant and Ethno Youth
  • Youth Sexuality
  • Youth Cultures
  • Youth and Children Through the Ages


International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 24.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Indigenous Studies Minor
  • Psychology Minor
  • Criminology Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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