Dec 02, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Community Youth Development - Major


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The Bachelor of Arts in Community Youth Development rigorously prepares students to provide trauma-informed, culturally-responsive and whole-child-focused services to children and youth and/or to enter graduate studies in a comparable field. The program fosters high quality “on the spot” and “in the moment” critical thinking that demonstrates a deep appreciation of the risk and protective factors which impact the social, psychological, cognitive, and spiritual lives of young people. A hallmark of the CYD program is the importance of mindfulness and reflection of the practitioner. Furthermore, Community Youth Development can be combined with other majors, such as Social Work, Psychology, Public Health, Dance, Sociology, to name a few, for students to pursue a double major.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Increase the CYD graduates’ sense of confidence, competency, competitiveness, and credentialed status for employment, professional advancement, and graduate studies in professions that serve children and youth.

  2. Enrich students’ ability to integrate knowledge gained from their liberal arts and sciences education with an application to their pre-professional experiences.

  3. Facilitate students’ ability to bridge theory with practice through active participation in youth development experiences.

  4.  Enhance students’ competencies to address child and youth needs by moving beyond deficit and problem-based interventions toward practices that honor the resiliencies, strengths, and leadership capabilities of youth.

  5. Guide students in the enhancement of introspection and reflective skills as they explore personal values, ethics, and subjective understandings related to service delivery with diverse populations of children and youth.

Core Curriculum Requirements


All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures  for specific core curriculum requirements. 

CYD Foundation and Core Courses


Additional Required Courses for CYD Majors


Foreign Languages Requirement


Completion of two semesters of a foreign language is required for a Bachelor of Arts in Community Youth Development. However, foreign language is not required for students who are double majoring in a B.S. degree program combined with the Community Youth Development major.

CYD Concentrations (choose one)


Youth and Spirituality Concentration


 Choose three courses (additional options available)

Youth Service Administration Concentration


Choose three  courses (additional options available)

Special Topics Concentration


With the guidance and approval of the CYD program director, students may study 9 credits of special topics related to the culturally responsive social and emotional well being of children and youth. 

Community Youth Development Sample Program


Freshman Year


Junior Year


Note - Students who double major in Social Work and Community Youth Development will follow a schedule different than the sample program outlined below (SWK 384 replaces CYD 483, and SWK 452 replaces CYD 484). Students who are SWK/CYD double majors will receive specific advisement about the unique aspects and opportunities related to these programs.

Note - Students who are double majors with CYD (for example, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work or Legal Studies) will receive specific advisement about the unique aspects and opportunities related to these programs.

Junior Year Sample Program for CYD Majors:

  • IS #2 Credits: 3
  • IS #3 Credits: 3
  • Core Milestone Experience Credits: 0
  • CYD Concentration Course #1 Credits: 3
  • CYD Concentration Course #2 Credits: 3
  • Liberal Arts Electives Credits: 6

Senior Year


Note - Students who double major in Social Work and Community Youth Development will follow a schedule different than the sample program outlined below (SWK 384 replaces CYD 483, and SWK 452 replaces CYD 484).

Students who double major with CYD (for example, Psychology, Sociology, Public Health, Dance or Legal Studies) will receive advisement about the unique aspects and opportunities related to these programs.

Senior Year Sample Program for CYD Majors:

  • Liberal Arts Electives Credits: 21
  • CYD Concentration Course #3 Credits: 3

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