Jun 02, 2023  
Undergraduate Record 2022-2023 
Undergraduate Record 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Youth & Social Innovation (BSEd)

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Bachelor of Science in Education - Youth & Social Innovation (120 credits)

Youth and Social Innovation is an undergraduate major for students interested in working with and/or on behalf of youth in a variety of settings.

The YSI curriculum is built around three core areas:

  • Youth Development (primarily ages eight to 25 years, but also younger children): understanding dynamic processes of biological, social, emotional, and cognitive development, with a focus on how youths’ assets and school/community settings influence youth outcomes.
  • Social Innovation: enhancing youth development through systematic approaches to developing and refining youth experiences or programs, with attention to what works for different youth in diverse settings and contexts
  • Policy: understanding how regulations and rules that affect schools and organizations serving youth are developed, and understanding the effects of those policies on youth outcomes.

Experiential learning is a key component of the major. Our students work with youth in the community, join faculty-led research, and design innovations addressing issues youth face.

This program prepares enrollees for careers in nonprofit, government, and private sectors serving children and youth. Students develop critical thinking skills that allow them to analyze social, cultural, and educational challenges facing today’s young people.  They also examine programs and policies intended to address these challenges, as well as the design, implementation, and evaluation of innovations for youth. Students graduating from the YSI program will be well prepared to provide leadership, management, research and evaluation services to youth-based and youth-serving organizations.

Residency Requirement (60 credits)

A recipient of a B.S.Ed. degree from the School of Education and Human Development must complete at least 60 of the 120 credits required for graduation at the University of Virginia.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement

Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 on all courses attempted at the University.

General Education Requirements

Competency Requirements (12 credits)

  • First Writing Requirement, 3 credits
  • Second Writing Requirement, 3 credits
  • Cultural Literacy, 3 credits
  • Data Literacy/Statistics, 3 credits

*Refer to the General Education Requirements  section of the Record for specific course options.

Area Requirements (24 credits)

  • Mathematics and Natural Science, 9 credits
  • Humanities, 6 credits
  • Social Sciences, 9 credits

*Refer to the General Education Requirements  section of the Record for specific course options.

Major Requirements

Major Core (24 credits)

Focus Areas (choose at least 4 courses from any of these focus areas: minimum of 12 credits)

Youth Development Focus Area

 Policy Focus Area

Innovation Focus Area

YSI Practice (0 credits required, though credited options may be used. If using credited options, a minimum of 3 credits is required)

Option 1: Direct Work with Youth, Academic Service-learning Program

Option 2: Research Assistantship (135 hours total: credit, paid, or structured volunteer)

Option 3: Internship (135 hours total: credit, paid, or structured volunteer)

Youth & Social Innovation Major GPA

Minimum 2.0 required.

The major GPA is calculated using all GPA-eligible courses used to satisfy major required courses, major electives and YSI capstone.

General Electives

Choose courses from across the University to reach 120 credits.