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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, 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

  • 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.
  • 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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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

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