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Major or Minor in Community, Youth, and Education Studies (CYES)

Use educational spaces to combat social inequality

Are you

  • Frustrated by the poor school performance of many children of color?
  • Troubled by the high incarceration rates of Black and Brown young men?
  • Looking for a way to be part of the solution?

Then you might want to join Clark’s new major in community, youth, and education studies, an interdisciplinary program that draws on the fields of urban planning, education, and youth studies.

Educational and community programs can either maintain current inequities or transform them by engaging youth and their families in a critical analysis of their world and a commitment to change the social reality. The CYES major is designed to prepare you for engaged scholarship and leadership in the 21st century, working for social justice across a wide-range of educational, cultural, institutional, and linguistic boundaries and borders.

Why Choose Community, Youth, and Education Studies at Clark?

  • Our program is featured as a “Civic Responsibility by Design” case study on the Association of American Colleges & Universities website.
  • Embrace Clark's motto "Challenge Convention, Change Our World."
  • Contribute to new knowledge through your own community-based action research.
  • Develop your own theoretical frameworks by means of a continually revised portfolio that you will defend in order to graduate.
  • Work hard and join one of our accelerated B.A./master's degree programs in community development and planning, teaching, or public administration, with the fifth year tuition-free for qualifying students.