​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

CMU’s youth studies minor will train you to recognize the ways that gender, ethnicity and social class influence youth development. You’ll develop skills to implement and evaluate preventative and positive youth development programs. 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

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

For More Information

Visit the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences website​ or contact:

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