Youth and Community Studies

Youth and Community Studies (YCS) prepares students to work with children or youth in a variety of settings that do not require teacher certification. Students who choose this major have the flexibility to select courses from one of the following professional concentrations: coaching, early childhood, special populations, and youth and social services. Many of our graduates pursue careers in youth programs, parks and recreation departments, day-care centers, after-school programs, government agencies, and non-profit organizations related to childcare or youth development. 

Program Prerequisites

Current students must have a minimum UT GPA of 2.0 to enter the major. *Pending final approvals of the Applied Learning & Development Committee.

Degree Plans

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Four-Year Guide

The first and second year course listings in these documents are to be used as guides to assist you with selecting a schedule, and should be used with the degree plan. These courses can be taken during the fall, spring or summer terms. Twelve to fifteen hours are recommended during the fall and spring semesters. Please note that these are only meant to be used as guides; you are encouraged to consult with your academic advisor when finalizing your schedule each semester.

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Foriegn Language Requirement

Students majoring in Youth and Community Studies may choose one of three options to fulfill the foreign language requirement:

  1. Complete second semester proficiency at the college level in any language other than English
  2. Take an exam to reach second semester proficiency in any language other than English
  3. Complete three of the foreign language substitution courses from our approved listGet Adobe Reader


Students in Youth and Community Studies can minor in anything they are able to major in at The University of Texas at Austin except for Education. Some of the most popular minors are Business Foundations, Communication, Psychology/Educational Psychology, and Sociology/Social Work.

Professional Concentrations

Students will choose from Early Childhood, Special Populations, Coaching, or Youth and Social Services concentrations.

Early Childhood – Coursework deals primarily with child and adolescent development and family relationships.

Special Populations – Coursework comes from such areas as Communication Science Disorders, Kinesiology, and Social Work, providing an overview of communication disorders, increasing cultural awareness, and developing systems for individuals with disabilities.

Coaching - Coursework covers fundamentals of coaching, theory, and practice as well as physiological and psychological aspects of sport.

Youth and Social Services – Required courses cover topics in substance abuse prevention, intervention and treatment. Elective topics range from the psychosocial aspects of aging to juvenile delinquency and criminal justice.