Minor in Urban Youth and Communities

The Minor in Urban Youth and Communities is an interdisciplinary program focused on civic engagement and service learning designed to prepare UNC Charlotte students to become informed and engaged citizens by providing students an opportunity to be agents of change in their community.  The minor is open to all majors who seek to explore the strengths, capabilities, and issues of youth and communities in urban settings.  Elective courses are concentrated in the areas of Urban Youth and Education, Communities, and Social Justice.

Admission and Program Requirements

No minimum GPA is required for admission to the Minor in Urban Youth and Communities program.  Additionally, although no course prerequisites are required for admission, some elective courses may have prerequisites.  In courses applied to the minor, students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or above.

The Minor in Youth and Communities is open to all majors and can be declared at any time.  The total required credits for this minor is 15, including two required courses for all students and an additional required course for Education majors.  This minor will require a capstone project (CUYC 3600) completed after all other minor requirements have been completed or with enrollment in required courses simultaneously with enrollment in capstone course.

Required Courses 

Link to Planning Sheet

For all majors except education majors:

  • LBST 2301 Citizenship (3)
  • CUYC 3600  Community Engagement Capstone Seminar (3) (SL)*

For education majors only:

  • LBST 2301  Citizenship (3)
  • EDUC 3200  Service Learning Teaching Methods for K-12 Educators  (3)
  • CUYC 3600  Community Engagement Capstone Seminar (3) (SL)*

*To be completed after all other requirements are met.

Elective Courses

For the Minor in Urban Youth and Communities, 6-9 elective hours are required.  Six hours if taking EDUC 3200 (required for Education majors), and nine hours otherwise.  One elective course (3 hours) must be chosen from each of the following areas: Urban Youth and Education, Communities, and Social Justice.

Urban Youth and Education (3 hours required from this area)
  • AFRS 2208  Education of African Americans
  • CHFD 2111  Child Study: Interpreting Children’s Behavior
  • CJUS 2120  Juvenile Justice
  • EDUC 2100  Introduction to Education and Diversity in Schools
  • EDUC 3200  Service-Learning Teaching Methods for K-12 Educators
  • MDSK 2100  Diversity and Inclusion in Secondary Schools
  • PSYC 2120  Child Psychology
  • PSYC 2121  Adolescent Psychology
  • SOCY 4135  Sociology of Education
Communities (3 hours required from this area)
  • AFRS 2215  Black Families in the United States
  • AFRS 3280  Blacks in Urban America
  • ANTH 2125  Urban Anthropology
  • GEOG 2000  Social Inequality and Planning
  • GEOG 2200   Introduction to Urban Studies
  • GEOG 4220  Housing Policy
  • HIST 3281  American Cities
  • LTAM 1100  Introduction to Latin America
  • PSYC 3155  Community Psychology
  • RELS 3137  Religion in the African-American Experience
  • SOCY 4124  Sociology of the Community
Social Justice (3 hours required from this area)
  • AFRS 3101  Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in the US
  • ARSC 3480  Citizenship and Service Practicum
  • CJUS 3160  Domestic Violence
  • CJUS 4210  Gender, Race, and Justice
  • COMM 3136  Leadership, Service, and Ethics
  • HIST 3218  Racial Violence, Colonial Times to Present
  • PSYC 3806  Undergraduate Research Assistantship (Summer only)
  • SOCY 3143  Social Movements
  • SOCY 4111  Social Inequality
  • SOCY 4125  Urban Sociology

For more information please contact:

Dr. Susan Harden, Program Coordinator
College of Education Building 312C