BA in Education Studies

BA in Education Studies
Changing the World through Education

How can we improve access to quality education? Are US students falling behind? From globalization to the rise of charter schools, education is a hot-button topic and a priority around the world.

In this major, you will explore and understand the broader context of education and its link to social change, and the role you can play in making change possible.

You will examine urban and international contexts of education and the relationship of education to society, politics, economics and culture. Through liberal arts core courses, internships, and study abroad, you will gain hands-on experience in learning about educational change and advocacy in urban and global settings, and be prepared to work in a variety of settings that focus on education.

What you'll learn

Our faculty members are experts in various disciplinary approaches and current issues in education. You will work with them in order to: 

  • Develop your knowledge of issues in teaching and learning
  • Employ appropriate analytical and research methods for the field
  • Compare and contrast US and international educational practices, especially in urban settings
  • Assess education policy and reform
  • Explain and discuss the roles of technology, the arts, and media in education

See the curriculum and requirements for this bachelor's degree.

How you'll learn

A Full Liberal Arts Education
The BA in Education Studies emphasizes a full liberal arts education. You will complete a range of liberal arts core courses, including introductory study of the humanities, social sciences, science, and quantitative reasoning. 

Interdisciplinary Methods of Inquiry 
Our program is housed in the Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities. Your studies will incorporate various disciplinary approaches, as well as social, cultural, philosophical, historical, aesthetic, economic, religious, political, legal, and psychological perspectives.  

Areas of Specialization
You will choose to specialize in one of the following areas

  • Global and Urban Education
  • Politics, Policies, and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Arts, Languages, and Cultures
  • Families, Community Health, and Human Development

Global Study
You’ll engage in study abroad or another significant global experience, investigating education from a comparative and international lens and taking required courses and electives in various locations (e.g., Buenos Aires, Argentina and/or Accra, Ghana).

Immersive, Experiential Learning
Immersive, hands-on learning opportunities are integral to your major. Through internships in local organizations and service-learning projects in schools and classrooms across the city, you will apply concepts you learn in your classes and gain a deeper understanding of your place and potential in the world.

What can I do with this major?

There are many career opportunities in the field of education besides becoming a classroom teacher. Education is a constantly growing field and global policy priority. Visionary leaders as well as professionals working behind the scenes on important education issues are in high demand.

Graduates will be prepared for positions such as:

  • Volunteer for the Peace Corps
  • Social entrepreneur at your own start-up
  • Junior officer at UNICEF
  • Campaigner at Amnesty International
  • eLearning specialist at a university
  • Program associate at Room to Read
  • College counselor at Americorps
  • Teacher with Teach for America
  • Program coordinator at City Year

This major is also appropriate if you are interested in graduate study in law, education, social work, policy, media, or business.

Find out more about what you can do with this degree

Dual-degree option: BA in Education Studies/MA in Education and Social Policy

Open to students already enrolled in the BA in Education Studies program, our dual-degree program allows you to earn your bachelor's and a master's in Education and Social Policy in as little as five years. Learn more about the dual-degree option.

For more information, please contact:

Bridgid Webster