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Child & Youth Programs Minor

The Child & Youth Programs minor is an interdisciplinary program that provides courses and field-based experiences to prepare students to work in programs that educate and mentor children and youth outside conventional school settings.

The minor is open to students with any UIndy major, and is particularly well-suited for students who are interested in working with children or in child and family development, but who may not want to teach in a K-12 setting. The Child & Youth Programs minor pairs well with exercise science, social work, sociology, criminal justice and psychology majors.

Courses & internships

The program provides students with a background in child development and family and adolescent issues through courses in sociology, social work, education, criminal justice and kinesiology, with options to focus on recreation and health or juvenile development.

Child & Youth Programs students have had internships and practicum experiences at a variety of local agencies, including Boys & Girls Clubs, the YMCA, preschools, after-school programs and youth camps. Students often end up getting jobs in the agencies where they do their internship or practicum.

Curriculum Guide

This curriculum guide outlines the classes you'll need to take for the Child & Youth Programs minor.