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 urban 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 a  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