Path 1: Education and Working with Youth

This includes working in education (including working in the K-12 school system as a teacher, or support staff, school counseling/school psychologist, and outreach to underprivileged youth), after-school programs, case-work, or management positions at organizations concerned with at-risk kids, and other careers working with youth.

On university campuses, students may apply for a variety of student services positions, including financial aid advisor, Upward Bound or Economic Opportunity counselor, or Program Assistant. Students interested in this career path should consider taking these classes:

Core: Wealth and Inequality, Ethnic and Race Relations, Self and Society, Sociology of Gender

Institutions: Sociology of Education (when available), Sociology of Work, Sociology of Religion, Political Sociology (when available)

Electives: Choose from Contemporary Families, Introduction to Chicano Studies, Introduction to the Asian American Experience, Sociology of African Americans, Sociology of Sexuality, Youth Crime & Delinquency, Sociology of Gangs, Sociology of the Life Course, Sociology of Deviant Behavior, Sociology of Human Stress, Sociology of Popular Culture.

Consider taking an internship, especially working with Boys & Girls Club, Chapman School, Healthy Kids Program, Community Collaborative for Youth

Suggested Theme: Theme T - The Child

Suggested Minors or Certificates: Child Development or Psychology, Education, Special Education, Certificate in Community College Faculty and Adult Education

Post-Graduate Training: California Teaching Credential, Masters in Education, Masters in Psychology: Option in applied Psychology – School Psychology Credential/Pupil Personnel Services (See University Catalog for more information).

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student and youth doing the parachute activity