CHYS Program Information

Department of Child and Youth Studies

CHYS Program Information

 What is Child and Youth Studies?

The Department of Child and Youth Studies subscribes to the goals set out in the Brock University mission statement. The mandate of the department is to provide a broad interdisciplinary approach that considers children, childhood and youth within individual and social contexts including the lifespan, biology, culture, economy, law, family, school, peers, and community.  With its roots in psychology, sociology, anthropology, criminology, education, and cultural studies, our academic focus provides an integration of approaches through which a critical and comprehensive understanding of children, childhood and youth can evolve.

Teaching, Research and Community
Admission Requirements
Scholarships and Awards

What Are My Study Options?

Undergraduate Programs
• Three year Bachelor of Arts (BA)
• Four year BA with Major
• Four year BA (Honours)
• Five-year Collaborative program - CHYS BA Honours (Brock) and CYW diploma (Durham College) (see Alison Lahn for details)
• Six-year concurrent Child and Youth Studies BA (Honours)/Bachelor of Education (BEd) (click here for more details)

Combined Programs
There are many ways to combine Child and Youth Studies with other departments here at Brock. Please contact Alison Lahn, Department Coordinator/Academic Advisor in CHYS for more information at

• Students who are majoring in CHYS can apply to minor in another discipline, typically after first year.
• Students from another discipline who wish to minor in CHYS can apply to minor after completing a first year. We recommend that students who wish to minor in CHYS have taken at least CHYS 1F90.
We recommend students considering either of these options to meet with Alison Lahn, Department Coordinator/Academic Advisor, CHYS. To make a CHYS advising appointment, please go to your and make an appointment through the advising booking system.

Please feel free to review the CHYS section of the current undergraduate calendar at for further clarification.

Career Options
Child and Youth Studies is the first step towards a variety of careers including Child Protection Worker, Speech-Language Pathology, Special Needs Worker, Child Advocate, Youth Worker, Occupational Therapy, Child Life Specialist, Community College Instructor, Elementary School Teacher, Autism Specialist.
Note:  For a number of the careers listed above may require additional professional education or post-graduate studies.
CHYS MA Graduate Program
We do offer a Master's degree opportunity - CHYS MA (Brock). To apply to a Master's degree, you would typically need to have completed the requirements for a 4 year Honours degree. If accepted to the CHYS MA program, it requires two years to complete and is a very unique program. The details of the program can be found at