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BA Child, Youth, And Family Studies

Child, Youth, And Family Studies at Portland State University is an interdisciplinary blend of liberal arts education and professional preparation for those planning careers with children, youth, and families.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $29,706 per year
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States) / Blended

Students of the Child, Youth, And Family Studies at Portland State University earn to situate children and young people in current and historical social, political, and cultural contexts while developing the skills to practice effectively in youth work, education, social work, hospital, child welfare, early childhood, and other settings centering children, youth, and families.


You can go in many different directions with a degree in Child, Youth, and Family Studies. Our innovative interdisciplinary program will equip you with a blend of professional preparation and academic rigor.

Through 300 hours of hands-on practicum experience, you will develop both practical professional skills and build relationships with education and social service professionals that will help you achieve your career goals. With a CYFS degree, you join a long list of other values-driven change agents including:

  • Early childhood educators
  • Elementary and secondary educators
  • Special educators
  • Human services professionals, case managers, and counselors
  • Outreach workers
  • Residential care treatment providers
  • Child welfare workers

Courses Included

  • ABCs of ECE
  • Youth and Youth Work
  • Working with Diverse Families
  • Queer Families
  • Sex & the Family
  • American Families in Film and Television