​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

Explore the sociology major with a concentration in youth studies if you’re looking to make positive change for today’s youth. CMU’s program trains you to recognize the ways that gender, ethnicity and social class influence youth development. You’ll develop skills to implement and evaluate preventive and positive youth development programs, and you’ll have a capstone service-learning experience with a school or agency. Your studies may include the sociology of family, adolescence, childhood and education, youth deviance and institutions, and youth welfare.​​

Points of Pride

CMU is the first, and only program in the nation offering a youth studies concentration within the sociology major, as well as a youth studies minor.

Put Your Degree to Work

With a degree in sociology and concentration in youth studies, you may find yourself in a career as a foster care advocate, juvenile probation case worker, nonprofit youth program director, preschool or daycare center manager, recreational program director, school or clinical social worker, substance abuse counselor, youth counselor, or youth services director.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Social worker$44,200 per year19% (114,100 more jobs)
School counselor$53,610 per year12% (31,200 more jobs)
Behavioral disorder counselor$38,520 per year31% (28,200 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences website​ or contact:

Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Anspach Hall 142
Phone: 989-774-3160​

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

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Sociology Major: Youth Studies Concentration

Total: 36 semester hours
Required Courses I
(12 hours)
SOC 100
Introductory Sociology
SOC 200
Introduction to Social Research and Analysis
SOC 301
Sociological Theory
SOC 350
Social Research Methodologies
Required Courses II
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
SOC 221
Social Problems
SOC 302
Social Inequality
Required Courses III
(12 hours)
SOC 215
Youth, Deviance, and Institutions
SOC 411
The Family
SOC 412
Sociology of Adolescence
SOC 425
Sociology of Childhood
Required Courses IV
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
ANT 200
Education and Culture
SOC 311
Sociology of Education
Required Courses V
(3 hours)
One Development Course from outside the department, selected from:
HDF 110
Oppression: Roots and Impact on Human Development in the United States
HDF 306
Adolescent Development
HST 221
Growing Up in America
PSY 220
Developmental Psychology
PSY 324
Childhood and Adolescence
Capstone Experience
(3 hours)
SOC 530
Capstone Experience in Youth Studies