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Youth and community studies is a major in the College of Education designed to prepare students to work with children, youth and young adults in a variety of settings that do not require teacher certification. Career paths include directing youth programs at the YMCA, Parks and Recreation Departments, day-care centers, after-school programs and educational programs sponsored by the government and community-based agencies.

Declare This Major

Current undergraduate students at UT Austin who would like to transfer into the College of Education are required to attend an internal transfer information session before they can meet with an Academic Advisor. Students with less than 45 semester hours who are interested in changing to one of the Applied Learning and Development majors may transfer into the College of Education at any time. Students with 45 or more semester hours must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA to transfer into the College of Education.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

View a degree plan to see the required courses for the Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Learning and Development Youth and Community Studies major.


The major requires a minor (from any area outside of education), and a professional concentration selected from one of the four areas:

  • Early Childhood
  • Special Populations
  • Coaching
  • Youth and Social Services

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.


Youth and community studies majors are passionate about learning, teaching, and leading. They must be good speakers and good listeners. Students tend to be self-confident, caring, and patient.


  • Communicating effectively with children, parents, and community educators
  • Ability to assess educational needs of children and youth
  • Ability to develop, organize and execute activities and programs
  • Ability to identify and advocate for appropriate resources for children and youth
  • Strong leadership and people skills
  • Problem-solver
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks