Youth and Community Development

MajorBachelor of Science

Nurturing Tomorrow’s Community Leaders.

We understand that education opportunities often happen outside of the classroom, in our communities. Butler’s Youth and Community Development major 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 professional education coursework, you’ll also choose a concentration area, providing you with more in-depth knowledge of a specific area of youth or community work. Concentration choices include Arts Administration, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Organizational Communication and Leadership, Museum Studies, or Sociology with an emphasis in social work, or Sport Coaching. 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.

Program Information


Sample courses in this program include:

  • ED 112 – Introduction to Professional Educators 
  • ED 241 – Developmental Theory & Application in Education 
  • ED 242 – Foundations of Special Education 
  • ED 244 – Concepts of Education 

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  • Arts Administration
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Organizational Communication and Leadership
  • Recreation and Sports Studies
  • Sociology with Social Work

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Whatever path you’re interested in pursuing, there’s a place for you at Butler.


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