Youth Studies

Examine youth issues from an interdisciplinary perspective

Are you interested in themes such as adolescents' substance use and addiction problems, antisocial and criminal behaviour, marginalisation and exclusion, excessive use of social media, and social inequalities and mental and physical health? Would you like to know why Dutch youngsters are among the happiest in Europe? 

The minor Youth Studies will enable you to look beyond the limits of individual fields of study. You will learn to observe and examine specific issues by combining different social scientific disciplines (psychology, pedagogical sciences, sociology, anthropology) in an interdisciplinary approach.

By integrating knowledge from different disciplines you will be able to advance fundamental understanding of youth issues and to address youth problems with solutions that are beyond the scope of a single discipline or area of research. Additionally, you will gain knowledge about policies and interventions regarding youth issues and develop academic skills to conduct research in the field of youth.

Entrance requirements

There are no entrance requirements.

Student profile

The Youth Studies minor is open to students of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University College, other Dutch universities and international exchange students. The minor is particularly appealing for students with a background in anthropology, psychology, sociology, pedagogical sciences, language- and culture studies, movie and theatre sciences, and interdisciplinary social sciences - both Dutch and international – with an interest in youth and family issues in today's society.

Minor declaration

If you are a student of Utrecht University, the minor will be included in your International Diploma Supplement (provided that you have met all the requirements, of course).

If you are not a student of the University, it may be useful to request a minor declaration. This will allow you to demonstrate that you have successfully completed the minor. When you have passed all courses of this minor, you can apply for a minor declaration in Osiris Case. To do so, you must be enrolled in the minor.

Master's programme

This minor is part of the curriculum of Interdisciplinary Social Science. Read the requirements for access to the Master's programme Youth Studies.

More information

For more information, please contact dr. R. van den Eijnden tel. +31 (0)30 253 7980 or email