Youth Studies, an interdisciplinary undergraduate program within the School of Social Work, prepares students for youth work practice and youth scholarship, emphasizing work with urban young people. The program's 3-member faculty offers courses emphasizing community engagement. Assignments in this major reflect this emphasis and include site visits, program observations, service-learning, international exchanges, and internships
Approved in Spring 2016, Youth Studies’ second-edition Writing Plan builds on the department-wide sharing and understanding of writing assignments begun in the first-edition Writing Plan. Five core activities drive the current Plan: (1) conducting focus groups with junior and senior Youth Studies majors about their perception of writing instruction and assignments; (2) convening small faculty work groups to review, revise, and develop writing assignments in each course to meet the department’s overarching WEC goals; (3) providing ongoing faculty training workshops, determined by needs identified in the small faculty working groups; (4) hosting in-class panels of alums and local stakeholders from youthwork agencies and organizations on the roles of writing in their work; (5) developing and implementing digital storytelling assignments into Youth Studies courses.