Youth Empowerment and Urban Studies

West Chester University

Youth Empowerment
and Urban Studies Program

543 Main Hall, West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
845-337-5000
Coordinator: hashley@wcupa.edu


Program Details

We offer an 18 credit minor, which includes multiple options. Our core courses provide essential grounding and hands-on experience in the role youth can play in social change in their environments, and our focused electives provide background in urban issues and historical and contemporary change related to social systems, such as schools, government, health and more. Request YES advising sheet.

Required: 9 Semester Hours

  • YES 250 Introduction to Youth and Urban Community Work
    Students in this course will be introduced to key ideas and dispositions for working with urban populations.
  • YES 300 Youth Empowerment and the Urban Context
    Students in this course will partner with urban youth through Need in Deed in the city of Philadelphia, and study the history of organizing as an educational and empowerment tool.
  • YES 301 Seminar in Youth-Led Media and Inquiry
    Students in this course will partner with urban young people through youth-serving agencies to produce multi-media community-based work, and study youth-led media as a cutting-edge educational, social change and empowerment practice.

Focused Electives: 9 Semester Hours

One course from each of the next three categories:

Urban Contexts and Communities

  • GEO 204 : Introduction to Urban Studies
  • ECO 350 : Urban Economics
  • GEO 312 : Urban Geography
  • ANT 347 : Culture of Cities
  • SOC 342 : Urban Sociology
  • PSC 304 : Urban Politics

Youth and Social Systems

  • HIS 444 : History of American Education
  • EDF 300 : Democracy and Education
  • HON 312 : Educational Systems and Social Influence
  • HON 322 : Leadership with ELLs in the Classroom and Community
  • EDF 255 : Evolution of Schooling in the U.S.
  • WRH 305 : Images of School in Film
  • SOC 345 : Sociology of Education
  • SWO 423 : Child Welfare Practice and Policy

Empowerment Work in Diverse Communities. Any additional course, housed in any College or Department, which integrates service learning/community-engaged learning/community-engaged research/field placement in urban settings or with diverse populations; courses should take critical and strength-based approaches to issues addressed. Courses and placements that qualify will be approved by the Coordinator of the program by review of syllabi. Students and faculty should contact the YES Coordinator about particular courses.

Upcoming Courses and Dates

  • YES 250 - offered each Fall
  • YES 300 - offered each Spring
  • YES 301 - offered either Spring or Summer I, depending on community partnerships, contact YES program for details