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.

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

Required Courses


Youth Organizations & Program Management

KNPE 2542

Lifespan Motor Development (youth focus)


Prevention & Youth Development through Sport, Recreation & Play

HDFS 2420

Adolescence & Emerging Adulthood

PSYCH 3551

Psychology of Adolescence