Youth and Community Development

Our Youth and Community Development program will prepare you for career opportunities working with young people outside of the traditional school day–like challenge education/outdoor education, after school programs, museum education programming, social work, counseling, student affairs, community development, or non-profit work. In addition to 39 hours of professional education coursework, you’ll also choose one of five concentration areas, providing you with more in-depth knowledge of a specific area of youth or community work. Concentration choices include Arts Administration, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Human Communication and Organizational Leadership, Recreation and Sports Studies, or Sociology with an emphasis in social work. The capstone experience you’ll have your senior year—similar to student teaching—will be a full-time internship that aligns with both your major and your area of concentration.

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Sport Coaching

Our minor in Sport Coaching requires 19 credit hours and is open to all Butler University students, regardless of college or field of study. The program is a collaboration with Butler’s Health and Recreation Center and prepares students for coaching opportunities. Coursework topics include philosophy, vision and goal setting, ethical practices, building relationships, inclusive and safe sport environments, practice and competition best practices, and assessment strategies. You will also have the opportunity to attain the National Federation of High School Sports (NFHS) Level 1 Coaching Certification in one sport-specific course of your choosing and/or in First Aid, Health, and Safety for Coaches.

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Recreation and Sports Studies

Our minor in Recreation and Sports Studies requires 18 credit hours and is open to all Butler University students, regardless of college or field of study. The program is designed for students interested in health, physical activity, recreation, and sports. Coursework topics include prevention and treatment of injuries, officiating sports, water safety instruction, and more.

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