Child and Youth Studies

Learn and think about children, childhood and youth through diverse lenses. Our unique program draws on psychology, education, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, and criminology — among other disciplines — to really understand young people and their perspectives.

This theoretical and practical training offers an approach to understanding children, childhood and youth that includes: diversity, inequality, exceptionalities, families, cultures, social worlds, schools, peers, communities, popular and media culture, and international issues that span the globe. This wide-ranging knowledge base opens up doors to working with young people in a variety of capacities.

The department has been offering undergraduate degrees since 1993, an MA program since 2000 and a PhD program since 2016.

Our faculty includes many nationally and internationally recognized scholars who work to high standards for teaching and research. Our staff work closely with them to guide our students through their programs. We are all approachable and dedicated to maintaining the highest quality of education.

Experiential learning opportunities are offered in Years 2, 3, and 4 of the program with a required experiential course in Year 2.

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 and CYW Diploma (Durham College)
  • Six-year concurrent CHYS BA (Honours)/Bachelor of Education (BEd)

Combined programs
You can combine your degree in subjects like psychology, sociology, geography and linguistics.

Minor programs
If you are not a CHYS major, you can apply to minor in CHYS after your first year. CHYS students can also minor in unrelated disciplines to further expand their studies.

A collaborative program is also available to complete both a degree and diploma.

Expected cut-off: high 70s
OUAC Code: BD


Career outcomes

  • Child protection worker
  • Speech-language pathologist
  • Special needs worker
  • Youth worker
  • Child advocate
  • Occupational therapist
  • Child life specialist
  • Community college teacher
  • Preschool integration co-ordinator
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Autism specialist
  • Social worker

Prerequisite requirements

  • English (ENG4U)

Recommended subjects

  • One 4U math (MDM4U preferred)