Minor in Global and Urban Education Studies

This 16-credit interdisciplinary minor in Global and Urban Education Studies gives you a deeper understanding of critical social, cultural, economic, political, legal, and policy issues in education – nationally and internationally, and in urban and non-urban contexts. You'll be prepared for a career or further study in business, education, policy, law, or international development.  The minor is open to all undergraduates across NYU.

Prepare for careers in
  • Law
  • Policymaking
  • Business
  • Education and education leadership
  • Non-profit work
  • Domestic and international NGO work
  • Teaching, including Teach for America or teacher certification programs
  • Government positions in education, in the US or abroad
  • The Peace Corps and other international development or education work

How you'll learn

Through elective courses, you will choose to focus on one of two options:

Urban Education
This option includes courses that engage with questions of funding, equity, urban youth identities, organization and governance of urban schools, development and implementation of policies and practices, and multicultural and multilingual education. 

Global Education
This option examines social, cultural, and economic aspects of globalization and their implications for the field of education. Courses examine various topics as they relate to education, including notions of international human rights standards and principles, the emergence of global markets, new information technologies, migration, and comparative studies of socialization, race, class, gender, and sexuality in educational contexts.

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A: Required Core Course: 

HSED-UE.1005/HIST-UA.0060 Introduction to Education: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives 
Offered by the Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities

In this course, students engage with central themes, issues, and controversies in education, such as:

  • What is the purpose of school?
  • How have societies organized schools, and how have they evolved across time? 
  • What education happens outside of formal school settings, and how do we study non-formal education versus such notions as work and play?
  • What are the interrelationships between education and other cultural institutions?
  • How does education both mirror and shape the society that creates it? 
  • How do societies engage with issues of equity, social justice, educational “rights,” and civic responsibilities?
B:  Restricted Electives:

Choose one of the following four restricted electives (4 credits):

Urban Education
TCHL-UE.41: American Dilemmas: Race, Inequality, and the Unfulfilled Promises of Public Education
Offered by the Department of Teaching and Learning


Global Education
INTE-UE.10 Introduction to Global Education
INTE-UE.11 Globalization and Education
Offered by the Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities

C: Unrestricted Electives (By Advisement)

Choose at least 8 credits from the following options, as well as others by advisement.

Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities (Highly recommended electives):
SOED-UE.20 American Social Movements, 1950 – Present: Power, Resistance, Identity (4 credits)
SOED-UE.1025 The Sociology of Urban Life and Education (3 credits)
SOED-UE.1050 LGBT Topics in Education: Identities, Coming Out, and Current Issues in Schools (4 credits)
HSED-UE.610 Education and the American Dream: Historical Perspectives (4 credits)
APSTA-UE.10 Statistical Mysteries and How to Solve Them (4 credits)
APSTA-UE 21. Cracking the code (4 credits)
HSED-UE.1028 Schooling in Diverse Societies* (4 credits)
HSED-UE.1061 History of Higher Education (4 credits)
INTE-UE.1010 International Human Rights Activism and Education (4 credits)
INTE-UE 1011  Billionaires, Best Intentions, and Public Education (4 credits)
INTE-UE 1012 God, Schools and the Globe (4 Credits)
INTE-UE.1532 Terrorism, Extremism and Education (4 credits)
INTE-UE.1545 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the New Immigration (4 credits)
INTE-UE.1xxx Contemporary International Relations: Peace, Security, and Education (4 credits)**
INTE-UE.1xxx International Perspectives On Gender and Education (4 credits)**
PHED-UE.10 Learning and the Meaning of Life
PHED-UE 1016 Religion/Public Education in the International Context
SOED-UE.1015 Education as a Social Institution (4 credits)

Department of Media, Culture, and Communication
MCC-UE.1017 Youth Media and Social Change (4 credits)

Department of Applied Psychology
APSY-UE.5 Community Psychology (4 credits)
APSY-UE.1040 Students in the Community: Service, Leadership and Training  (2 credits)
APSY-UE.1270 Social Intervention in Schools and Communities (4 credits)
APSY-UE.1278 Families, Schools and Child Development (4 credits)
APSY-UE 1279 Child Development and Social Policy in a Global Society (4 credits)

Department of Teaching and Learning
ENGED-UE.1205 Hip Hop and the Teaching of English (3 credits) 

Wagner School of Public Service
UPADM-GP.219 Race, Class, & Gender in American Cities (4 credits)
UPADM-GP 216 Majorities, Minorities & Group Identities in America: Status, Rights & Public Policy (4 credits)

Silver School of Social Work
UNDSW-US.68 Service Learning through Community Engagement (2 credits)
UNDSW-US.72 Service Learning with Refugee Youth (2 credits)

Gallatin School of Individualized Study
CLI-UG 1460 Literacy in Action (4 credits)

College of Arts and Science
SCA-UA.115 Introduction to Black Urban Studies (4 credits)
SCA-UA.541 Latino Youth:  Migration & Policing in the Americas (4 credits)
SCA-UA.613 Community Empowerment (4 credits)
SCA-UA.751 Urban Economics (4 credits)
SCA-UA.610 Law and Urban Problems (4 credits)
HIST-UA.639 New York City: A Social History (4 credits)
SOC-UA.137 Wealth, Power, Status: Inequality in Society (4 credits)
SOC-UA.415 Education and Society (4 credits)
SOC-UA.460 Cities, Communities, and Urban Life (4 credits)
SOC-UA.465 Childhood (4 credits)
SOC-UA.9415 Sociology of Education: Global Education in the 21st Century (4 credits)***
PSYCH-UA 9036 Community Psychology (4 credits) *
ECON-UA.323 Economic Development (4 credits)

* course is offered at NYU Accra
** course is in development
***course is offered at NYU Berlin

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