Social Sciences

Children, Youth, and Family Studies

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Make a difference in the lives of children and their families.

Discover how race and ethnicity, gender, class, and culture shape families and communities and affect children’s learning and growth. And gain insights that will prepare you to be an advocate for youth and families in need.

Explore the factors that influence family patterns and human development from infancy onward. Through the lenses of community, culture, and society, you’ll focus on children, adolescents, emerging adults, or families. You’ll investigate theories from psychology and sociology. While examining the social institutions, structures, and processes that affect youth, you’ll conduct social science research on issues that matter to you.

But your hands-on learning won’t end there. Through Lesley’s internship program, you’ll gain real-life experience in settings throughout Great Boston. Our Early Intervention specialization will prepare you for working with children with special needs and their families, while our Teaching Infants and Toddlers track can help you obtain certification to teach in early childhood settings.

Gain Skills and Expertise
Here’s a taste of what you’ll do in our Children, Youth, & Families program:
$53,912
Average salary for professionals in these careers in New England.
Job opportunities for graduates of programs in Children, Youth, and Family Studies are projected to increase by nine percent over the next ten years. With average salaries of $53,912 and a wide range of careers available in the Greater Boston area, this an exciting time to enter this field. (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
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Jobs You Could Have
Job opportunities for graduates in this field are projected to increase by over nine percent in the next ten years. Common job titles include:
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Where You Could Work
Massachusetts and Greater Boston offer a wide range of employment opportunities in this field. Top employers of graduates in this field include:

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Approximate cost for 1 year of attendance in this undergraduate program.
Children, Youth, and Family Studies
Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $13,800
    Spring Tuition
    $13,800
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,860
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,370
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total
Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
Presidential Scholarship
$10,500
​Linda Dacey Scholarship
$2,000
Dean’s Scholarship
$9,500
Edith Lesley Wolfard Scholarship
$1,000
Lesley Scholarship
$8,500
Lesley Grant Award
$5,500

You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

Estimated Cost

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Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $13,800
    Spring Tuition
    $13,800
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,860
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,370
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total
Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
Presidential Scholarship
$10,500
Transfer Scholarship
$9,500
Lesley Scholarship
$8,500

You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

Estimated Cost

Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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