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.

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: mid 70s

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)