Youth Development Minor

This interdisciplinary minor at OSU is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills related to youth development principles, processes, and practices. Students with career interests in youth services and education (non-formal and formal) are ideal candidates. The Youth Development Minor helps prepare students for careers in schools and out-of-school organizations such Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, FFA, 4-H Youth Development, Sport Organizations, and through other employers or volunteer agencies such as city governments, faith-based organizations, and after-school programs. This minor is also valuable for students majoring in social work or similar fields pursuing careers serving youth populations in settings such as settlement houses, child welfare and child advocacy organizations, community mental health facilities, hospitals, and residential treatment centers. This minor combines core classes in multiple departments at OSU, including Psychology, Community Leadership, and Kinesiology.

Coach Melanie and her Group 9 campers had a blast during their first week!

Required courses in the minor include:

  • COMLDR 5350 – Youth Organizations and Program Management
  • KNPE 2542 – Lifespan Motor Development (youth focus)
  • SOCWORK 2110 – Prevention and Youth Development through Sport, Recreation and Play
  • HDFS 2420 – Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
  • PSUCH 3551 – Psychology of Adolescence

To download the semester course requirements, please click here: YD MINOR ADVISING SHEET.

If you would like to learn more about this minor or to learn how to register, please contact Scott Scheer.

If you would like to enroll in the youth development minor, please see your OSU academic advisor.

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