School of Humanities & Behavioral Science

Youth Leadership-Development

The courses in the youth leadership development major offer a multidisciplinary approach to both theory and practice for dealing with current issues in the lives of youth in American culture. The youth leadership and development major is a valuable complement to such majors as youth ministries, sociology, social work, criminal justice, family science, psychology, and other majors involving interaction with youth. This major is also an excellent complement for students who enjoy working with youth but whose careers will be in fields that may not involve interaction with youth.


Traditional undergraduate students that receive financial aid, like scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study employment.

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This program is offered as a complementary major.

Complementary major just means that this major must be taken alongside another major at Anderson University. Students can pair it with a variety of academic endeavors in which they are interested in to earn their degree from AU. Complementary majors are often more in-depth than minors and this academic option will allow you to explore more than one topic that you are interested in while you study at AU.


What courses will I take?

  • General Psychology
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Family Diversity

View the courses required for the youth leadership development complementary major.


Students working toward a youth leadership development major also complete a practicum and an internship. In the practicum, students train other AU students by using the skills they have learned. In the internship, students apply these skills in a real-world setting, working directly with youth.