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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


Youth and Children's Studies at Laurier

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 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.

You have the option to study for an honours BA in Youth and Children's Studies or an honours BA in Youth and Children’s Studies in combination with another honours BA program.

Work Directly with Children

You’ll have the opportunity to work directly with youth and children through a required Community Service-Learning (CSL) course, in which you’ll be placed in various child-care and educational settings.

CSL gives you direct experience with issues you are studying in Youth and Children’s Studies. You'll engage in analyzing and solving problems in the community.

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. 

Interested in Being a Teacher?

Take advantage of our automatic admissions agreement with Laurier's Faculty of Education. In your fourth year, you'll be eligible for consideration for this stream if you have a GPA of at least 75% and at least 50 hours of relevant volunteer work.

Interested in Research?

As a Youth and Children’s Studies student, you'll have the opportunity to participate in the Child and Adolescent Research and Education (CARE) Lab. As a member of the CARE Lab you can choose to engage in national research with a faculty member and/or take part in leading outreach and knowledge mobilization initiatives within the Laurier and Brantford communities.

Students in the CARE Lab have participated in the entire research process, presented at international conferences and co-authored research papers, as well as led workshops and presentations, guided mentorship projects with youth and community partners, and helped to educate others on creating caring communities.

"I am a teacher now and I think that the Youth and Children's Studies program really prepared me for teachers college. I loved the classes that I had to take and the electives I was allowed to take as well. I always recommend the program to friends and family."


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