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Welcome Future Students

Considering a degree at Trent University? You’ve made a great choice. Trent University is a wonderful place to pursue your academic journey.

A Hub of Learning and Innovation

Building on a tradition of academic excellence spanning nearly four decades, Trent Durham offers a dynamic and rigorous education experience grounded in the social sciences and humanities and unparalleled in the Durham Region and eastern GTA.

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Child and Youth Studies (B.A.)

This program has received approval by the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities.

A unique new interdisciplinary honours degree program, Child and Youth Studies focuses on how children and youth learn through play. With a strong foundation in sociology and psychology, this degree will inspire you to think about child and youth development through the eyes of a child. You will learn about child and youth rights and legal issues, and how children develop emotionally, socially, intellectually and physically. You will also gain a deep understanding of how to apply playful pedagogies for learning, especially in the areas of math and language. The program also has a rich focus on creative engagement, theatre and the arts.

The four-year honours degree in Child and Youth Studies includes a placement course in fourth year and provides graduates with a pathway into Trent’s Consecutive B.Ed. program through a limited number of reserved spaces. Graduates of this program will also be well prepared to continue into graduate work. As a graduate of the degree, you will have a deep understanding of the issues affecting the lives of young people. Program is offered exclusively at Trent University Durham.

For more information about the CHYS program please contact:
Program Coordinator, Karleen Pendleton Jimenez, PHD
905-435-5102 ext 7728

For more information about the Durham Campus and Admissions, please contact:
Durham Campus Enrolment Advisor, Tawny Flude
tawnyflude@trentu.ca 905-435-5102 ext 5003
Durham Campus Rm. 101.3


Studying Child and Youth Studies at TrentU Durham?
Your typical first year will look like this:

CHYS 1000H - Introduction to Child and Youth Studies
CHYS 1001H - Child and Youth Theory and Voice
CHYS 1002H - Playful Pedagogy
PSYC 1020H - Introduction to Psychology I
PSYC 1030H - Introduction to Psychology II
SOCI 1001H - Introduction to Sociology I
SOCI 1002H - Introduction to Sociology II
WRIT 1001H - Write in Time
1.0 Elective Credit

First Year CHYS Course Descriptions

CHYS 1000H: Introduction to Child and Youth Studies
Provides an introduction to the field of child and youth studies. Key topics discussed include the history of childhood, theories of children and youth, the home and family, socialization, representations in the mass media, victimization and protection, child care and education, race/ethnicity, family disruptions, and living in poverty.

CHYS 1001H: Child and Youth Theory and Voice
Students explore child and youth studies theory in relation to the experiences of children and youth represented in literature and popular culture.  Students work on critical literacy skills as they learn to locate their own biographies and biases, and develop their voices within the theoretical landscape.

CHYS 1002H: Playful Pedagogy Provides an introduction to how we consider creative engagement, and how children play with simple and complex ideas such as family and belonging; citizenship and collaboration; identity and emotional development; cognition and intellectual development; playing with math ideas, language and literature; and fantasy play and the imagination.

All CHYS Course Descriptions 

Career Paths:

Social Worker; Child and Youth Worker; Youth Program Developer; Counsellor; Teacher; Advocacy Practitioner; Legal Practitioner