Youth and Community Studies

Bachelor’s Program

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Youth and Community Studies (YCS) prepares you to work with people of all ages in a variety of settings that do not require teacher certification. If you are interested in teaching, there are options to prepare for Texas certification in middle school and high school English language arts or social studies.

When you major in YCS, you will prepare for a variety of careers:

  • 7th – 12th-grade teacher certification in English language arts
  • 7th – 12th-grade teacher certification in social studies
  • Youth sports programs
  • parks and recreation departments
  • Child development centers or after-school programs
  • Assisted living communities
  • Government agencies
  • Non-profit organizations related to criminal justice and advocacy programs

Program Overview

Professional Concentrations

English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher Certification (7th – 12th Grade)

Certificates, Minors and Specializations

Degree Plans



Program Benefits

Small Class Sizes

Experiential Learning

Study Abroad Options

Professional Concentration Options

Multiple Career Paths