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BA, Education Studies

The BA in Education Studies curriculum encompasses a full range of well balanced education studies courses and NYU-wide liberal arts courses with study abroad opportunities. Through interdisciplinary and experiential learning approaches, students will develop a comprehensive understanding of key issues in education, and be able to hone their skills for change making in education

In order to complete this program, you must take 128 points (or credits) of coursework. Your program of study consists of 64 points of liberal arts courses, which includes 56 points of the required College Core Curriculum; and an additional 64 points of coursework, including 36 points of core and area of specialization courses, 8 points of restricted electives, and 16 points of unrestricted electives. You will complete a senior seminar as your culminating undergraduate experience.  

Major Requirements



Required Courses:  20
HSED.UE.1005: Introduction to Education  4
EDLED-UE.1005: Introduction to Education Policy Analysis  4
TCHL-UE.41/SCA-UE.755: American Dilemmas: Race, Inequality, and the Unfulfilled Promise of Public Education  4
INTE-UE.10: Introduction to Global Education  4
TCHL-UE.0030: Thinking Qualitatively  4
PHED-UE.10: Learning and the Meaning of Life (double counting w/Text & Ideas)  
Area of Specialization (must take 4 courses in one area): ** 16
1.) Global and Urban Education  
2.) Politics, Policies, and Social Entrepreneurship  
3.) Arts, Languages, and Cultures  
4.) Families, Community Health, and Human Development  
Restricted Electives  8
Choose one course from the following:  
One course in Art, Media, or Technology from approved list 4
Choose one APSY course from the following:  
APSY-UE.20 and APSY-UE.21/22/23: Human Development I AND one additional Human Development II 4
APSY-UE.13: Social Psychology 4
APSY-UE. 10 Developmental Psychology  4
APSY-UE. 1014 Educational Psychology 4
APSY-UE. 1273 Adolescent Development  4
Culminating Experience  4
EDST-UE.1990: Senior Seminar  
Unrestricted Electives  16
Up to 4 points can be earned through an optional internship, by advisement, or a student may choose an additional unrestricted elective.  
Additional Requirements  
SAHS-UE.1: New Student Seminar  
Writing Proficiency Examination  
Required Global Component  


Liberal Arts Requirements (please note some courses for the major are liberal arts courses, bringing the total number to more than 90)             



College Core Curriculum (formerly MAP)  
Foreign Language 8
Expository Writing: 8
EXPOS-UA.100: Writing the Essay 4
ACE-UE.110: The Advanced College Essay 4
Foundations of Contemporary Culture: 12
PHED-UE.10: Learning and the Meaning of Life (satisfies Texts and Ideas) 4
CORE-UA.5xx: Cultures and Contexts 4
CORE-UA.7xx Expressive Cultures 4
Foundations of Scientific Inquiry: 12
Choose one course from the following:  
APSTA-UE. 21 Cracking the Code  
APSTA-UE.1085: Basic Statistics 4
PSYCH-UA.10: Statistical Reasoning for the Behavioral Sciences 4
APSTA-UE.10: Statistical Mysteries and How to Solve Them  4
CORE-UA.2xx: Natural Science I 4
CORE-UA.3xx: Natural Science II 4
Social Sciences and Humanities Electives 16
Choose two courses in humanities and two in social sciences by advisement. Recommend an introductory and an advanced course in the same discipline.*: Humanities  4*: Humanities  4*: Social Sciences  4*: Social Sciences  4
Liberal Arts Electives ** 8


* Count as Liberal Arts courses
** Courses vary from 3-4 points, as selected by advisement

Areas of Specialization

As an Education Studies major, you will have the opportunity to specialize and to develop expertise in one of Area of Specialization. There are four different Areas of Specialization, detailed below. Students will select an Area of Specialization through advisement, and seek out courses in the area with their adviser, and through Academic Planner. The courses listed below are just a short-list of options. 

Students must complete 16 credits in one Area of Specialization in one of the following areas listed below.

Global and Urban Education 

Sample list of classes that fulfill this specialization:
SOED-UE.1214 Education and Development in Latin America 
SOED-UE. 1015 Education as a Social Institution 
INTE-UE. 11 Globalization and Education
INTE-UE.1545 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the New Immigration 
HSED-UE.1028 Schooling in Diverse Societies 
HSED-UE. 1033 Global Culture Wars
HSED-UE. 610 Education and the American Dream
INTE-UE. 1010 International Human Rights Activism and Education
INTE-UE. 1011 Billionaires, Best Intentions, and Public Education 
PHED-UE. 1016 Religion and Public Education in an International Context 
MCC-UE. 1401 Global Cultures and Identities
MCC-UE. 1025 Race and Media
SCA-UA. 613 Community Empowerment
POL-UA. 360 Urban Government and Politics

Politics, Policies, and Social Entrepreneurship 

Sample list of classes that fulfill this specialization:
INTE-UE. 1532 Terrorism, Extremism, and Education 
INTE-UE. 1013 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
INTE-.UE. 1028 Comparative Politics, Education, and Conflict
HSED-UE. 615 Revolt on Campus: US Protest in the 20th Century
SCA-UA.610 Law and Urban Problems 
MCC-UE 1745 Organizational Communication
MCC-UE. 1304 Global Media and International Law
MCC-UE. 1305 Communication and International Development 
UPADM-GP.101 The Politics of Public Policy
UPADM-GP 264 Understanding Social Entrepreneurship 
UPADM-GP 265 Fundamentals of Social Entrepreneurship: Problem Solving and Innovation 
UPADM-GP 102 Introduction to Public Service 
UPADM-GP.242 The Business of Nonprofit Management 
POL-UA. 300 Power and Politics in America
POL-UA. 306 Public Policy
POL-UA. 335 Law and Society 

Arts, Languages, and Cultures

Sample list of classes that fulfill this specialization:
SOED-UE.1030 Art and the City: A Sociological Perspective 
SOED-UE. 20 American Social Movements: Power, Resistance, and Identity
TCHL-UE. 1030 Language Acquisition and Literacy Education in a Multilingual and Multicultural Context
ARTCR-UE.55 Art of Now 
ARTCR-UE.10 Art: Practice and Ideas 
ARTCR-UE.50 Modern Art and Contemporary Culture 
ENGED-UE.1205 Hip Hop and the Teaching of English 
MCC-UE. 1019 Media and Identity
MCC-UE. 1401 Global Cultures and Identities 
MCC-UE. 1345 Fashion and Power
HSED-UE. 1030 Americans Abroad
MPAET-UE. 50 Introduction to Educational Theatre
SCA-UA. 115 Black and Urban Studies
SCA-UA. 157 Hip Hop and Politics
SCA-UA. 541 Topics in Latino Studies

Families, Community Health, and Human Development 

Sample list of classes that fulfill this specialization:
SOED-UE. 1050 LGBT Topics in Education
UGPH-GU. 10 Health and Society in a Global Context
UGPH-GU. 30 Epidemiology for Global Health
UGPH-GU. 35 Behavioral Risk-taking in the Global Context
CSCD-UE.1210 Reading and Writing in Children with Speech and Language Disorders  
APSY-UE.1278 Families, Schools, and Child Development
APSY-UE 1014 – Educational Psychology 
APSY-UE 1040 – Students in the Community: Service, Leadership, and Training 
APSY-UE 1270 – Social Intervention in Schools and Communities 
TCHL-UE.1 Inquiries into Teaching and Learning I
ECED-UE.1019 Learning and Experience in Family, School, and Community
SCIED-UE.1050 Using New York City’s Nonformal Science Resources to Teach Science
MCC-UE.1026 Disability, Technology and Media 
MCC-UE. 1408 Queer Identity and Popular Culture
FOOD-UE. 1051 Food and Identity
UNDSW-US. 55 Diversity, Racism, Oppression, and Privilege
UNDSW-US. 62 Social Work - Family Violence

Current students should meet with their adviser to choose their specialization, and to decide what classes to take in order to fulfill this requirement. Contact the Education Studies adviser for more information. 

Major Core Courses

Students in the Education Studies BA program are required to take the following core courses for a total of 24 points, or credits. In addition, you are required to take a culminating Senior Seminar for 4 points. These courses are designed to give you a thorough understanding of key issues in education, and to master appropriate analytical skills and research methods for the field.

HSED-UE.1005 Introduction to Education: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (4 points): This course introduces students to the central themes, issues, and controversies in American education. What is the purpose of “school”? How did schools begin, in the United States, and how have they evolved across time? How do children learn? How are they different from each other, and why and when should that matter? How should we teach them? And how should we structure schools and classrooms to promote learning?

PHED-UE.10 Learning and the Meaning of Life (4 points): What is the most important thing to which I should be devoting my life? This course explores the existential concerns animating questions like this, ones that inspire our lifelong, liberal learning. It focuses on classic works in Western philosophy, literature, & film & examines them as texts of education. Class meetings will be devoted to a mix of lecture & discussion. Liberal Arts Core/MAP Equivalent - satisfies the requirement for Texts & Ideas

EDLED-UE.1005 Introduction to Educational Policy Analysis (4 points): Develop an understanding of the ways in which they may inquire about policy issues relevant in their academic and professional lives. By exploring in depth a substantial body of knowledge drawn from selected cases and current theoretical issues, students will study the development of policy, the instruments used to effect policy, and some analyses of implementation.

TCHL-UE.41/SCA-UE.755 American Dilemmas: Race, Inequality, and the Unfulfilled Promise of Public Education (4 points): The course provides students with background on the historical and sociological foundation of education in the United States. It examines the role that education has played in advancing civil and human rights and it explores the ways in which education continues to be implicated in the maintenance of social inequality in American society. Through readings, lectures, films, and class debates, students will gain an understanding of some of the most complex and controversial issues confronting education today including: affirmative action, Bilingual Education, Special Education, the achievement gap, school choice, and vouchers, and the role of race and culture in student achievement.

INTE-UE.10 Introduction to Global Education (4 points): This survey course offers an introduction to the field of global education. Education in the 21st century is undoubtedly a central area for international collaboration as well as contestation. In this survey course, we will examine key debates about the role of education in national and international society, examining the multiple stakeholders that work to improve education globally, and their diverse interpretations of that mandate. The course will introduce students to the history of mass education as a global phenomenon, and the comparative ways in which it is now studied. Students will examine both K-12 and higher education.

TCHL-UE.0030 Thinking Qualitatively (4 points): This course introduces students to the purposes, theories, and methods of a family of approaches to social science research variously called ethnographic, qualitative, case study, naturalistic, or interpretive. Throughout this course, we will draw on resources in anthropology and sociology to explore issues that are central to understanding the epistemology and methodology of interpretive inquiry. The purposes of this course are to examine the nature, purposes, theories, and methods of qualitative inquiry; introduce several approaches to qualitative inquiry; and learn how to assess the quality and trustworthiness of qualitative inquiry.

EDST-UE.1990 Senior Seminar (4 points): A culminating experience in which students produce an original thesis or project in their chosen area of specialization. Students will share work in progress with their peers and faculty advisers.