Career Prospects

Program Options in Children and Youth Studies


The major in children and youth studies addresses the educational goals and career objectives of many undergraduate students who are interested in working with children and youth and who are seeking alternative pathways to careers in related professional fields.


The concentration in children and youth studies is for students in the Early Childhood Education and Childhood Education programs. It is the most popular among all ECE and CE majors. The program provides students with a different perspective on children than strictly education; topics include history of childhood, interdisciplinary perspectives on childhood, educational polices affecting children and more.


A minor in children and youth studies can be beneficial for students majoring in psychology, sociology, health and nutrition sciences, speech, English or any other field. The minor provides students with a chance to enrich their education with a holistic and comprehensive understanding of children. It gives students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge on the human rights of children, child development, policy research in the areas of child welfare and juvenile justice, and more.

Pre-professional Explorations

Focus on Children in Social Services and the Law Minor — Our new minor is offered for liberal arts majors with an interest in social services, law, and issues affecting children and youth. The minor has been designed to prepare students for professions and professional studies in law, social work, and graduate study in children and youth studies, child advocacy and related fields.


Students in any program can enroll in the Children and Youth Studies Career Exploration Internship (CHST 4100). This three-credit course provides students the chance to work in a professional environment and gain experience in fields involving children and youth. Students across the country regularly complete one to two internships — it is not only beneficial for acceptance into graduate or professional schools, but also for future employment. Internships play a pivotal role in finding a job after graduating and will help you stand out when applying for jobs. The experience you will gain will be invaluable.

Continuing Education

To view graduate programs in fields related to children and youth studies visit "Children and Youth Studies Programs in Other Colleges and Universities." This section of our website lists certification, undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. programs that relate to children and youth studies.

Former children and youth studies students have gone on to graduate programs at Bank Street College of Education, Columbia School of Social Work, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, New York University and many more.

Career Opportunities With a Children and Youth Studies B.A., Concentration or Minor

Children and Youth Studies is a unique interdisciplinary program that was started at Brooklyn College in 1991 by Professor Gertrud Lenzer with colleagues from different departments. Children and Youth Studies offers not only a different perspective on children, but also on the diversity of career opportunities that are available working with or for children. Whether you want to work as an advocate for children, in the classroom, with foster care youth, as a social worker or any of the countless other careers related to children and youth, a degree in children and youth studies will help provide you with the education and background that will benefit you when you are looking for any job related to children. Some examples of different career paths that this degree can take you toward include:

  • Arts in Education
  • Attorney for Children
  • Child Advocacy
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Child Protective Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Children and Disability
  • Children and the Media
  • Children and Youth Publishing
  • Education
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Health and Mental Health
  • International Development
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Market Research
  • Public Policy
  • Public Relations
  • Research
  • Social Work
  • Youth and After School programs