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BA, Education Studies

In this major, you will examine urban and international contexts of education and the relationship of education to society, politics, economics, and culture. Through 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 you'll be prepared to work in a variety of spaces that focus on education.


Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies

Full-time or Part-time
Start Date
Application Deadlines
Early Decision I
Regular Decision and Early Decision 2
Internal Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications

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

A Full Liberal Arts Education

The program 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. 

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 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

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.

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.


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Troy V. Edwards


Troy V. Edwards

BA in Education Studies, 2018

“Education Studies helped me tremendously. My studies of inclusivity and various pedagogical theories have proven to be very helpful in fostering the holistic and united community that we strive for at the Wyoming Sem. Also, outside of NYU's classrooms, I learned to become comfortable in new and challenging situations. NYC is a wild place but it teaches you how to adjust to new situations quickly and that is definitely a skill set that you need to adjust to a new job."

Troy works at the Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory, a boarding school in Kingston, Pennsylvania. His two most prominent roles are working in Residential Life and coaching wrestling as an assistant coach. Additionally, he has been gaining experience in the college guidance office and as a substitute teacher in the classroom, and also helping out admissions by proctoring tests such as the PSAT, SAT, Scholarship Test, and entrance exams.

Nasrin Jafari

Nasrin Jafari

BA in Education Studies, 2017

“Ed Studies expanded my knowledge of the education system and introduced me to the many different ways in which I could be involved in the field.”

Nasrin works as a humanities teacher and as an assistant to the head of school at the City School of the Arts. Previously, she was the president of TEDxNYU, where she organized annual conferences and community- and university-wide events. During her last year at NYU, she also worked as an assistant to the program director of the Cascades High School advisory program of the NYC Department of Education, where she was responsible for drafting curricula and classroom resources for 230 students across 14 advisories.

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