Careers

Career Paths

The Children’s Studies Program is not a professional training program: it does not train students directly to be teachers, lawyers, doctors or nurses, social workers, activists, or artists. However, it does offer its students a foundation in new and critical understandings of children and youth, their cultures, and their rights, and thus complements professional training programs for workers with and for children and youth. Ideally, it will help students become better teachers, lawyers, doctors or nurses, social workers, activists, or artists.

Children’s Studies can open doors to further study that can lead to a variety of possible ways of working with and for children in:

  • advocacy
  • counselling
  • education
  • health and wellness
  • international development
  • law
  • librarianship
  • media
  • parenting
  • publishing
  • recreation
  • social work

Please see the York University Careers Centre’s handout on “What Can I Do with my Degree in Children’s Studies?

Available Graduate Programs

This list is intended to suggest possibilities for graduate study following your Honours BA in Children’s Studies.  It is not comprehensive; however, we will update this list periodically to keep it as accurate and complete as possible. 

Some Graduate Programs related to Children's, Childhood, and Youth Studies

This list is intended to suggest possibilities for graduate study following your Honours BA in Children’s Studies.  It is not comprehensive; however, we will update this list periodically to keep it as accurate and complete as possible.

* Alumni of the Children’s Studies Program at York University have been accepted into programs marked with *.  There are also other graduate students at York who have worked on topics related to children and youth in Humanities PhD, Interdisciplinary Studies MA, and Gender, Feminist & Women’s Studies PhD programs, both teaching in Children’s Studies courses and being supervised by Children’s Studies faculty.