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Child and Youth Studies Interdisciplinary Minor

Child and Youth Studies is an interdisciplinary program that will provide the undergraduate student with a scholarly and experiential understanding of childhood and adolescence. The minor, which is open to all majors, educates students about the physical, psychological, spiritual, social, and cultural aspects of human development during the first 18 years of life. It integrates the many child- and youth-focused courses and service learning experiences across disciplines within the schools and colleges at USF to provide a structured course of study for the undergraduate student interested in learning about children.


The Interdisciplinary Minor in Child and Youth Studies requires a minimum of twenty-four (24) credits, as follows:

*Students must obtain a "C" grade or better in all courses for the minor.
*At least 12 credits of the CYS Minor must come from courses outside of the student's major department(s) and other academic programs (e.g., Dual Degree Program and minors).
*Students must meet with the Director of the CYS minor before starting the program.

Three (3) core courses (12 credits)
Required (4 credits)
One course in Psychology (4 credits)
One course in Sociology (4 credits)
Two Elective Courses (8 credits)
Four credits of Departmental Practicum and Internship Experience (s)

Questions about the Child and Youth Studies Minor should be directed to Professor Diana Lattimore in the Department of Psychology ( ); students interested in enrolling in the minor should meet with her during her regularly scheduled office hours.