Global and Urban Education Studies (Minor)

Program Description

The minor in Global and Urban Education Studies at Steinhardt is offered through the Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities in tandem with the Department of Teaching and Learning. This 16-credit interdisciplinary minor introduces students from across the University to critical social, cultural, economic, political, legal, and policy issues in education. Courses examine the role of education not only in American society but also in international contexts, both urban and nonurban.

This minor is appropriate for students considering careers or further study in education, including:

  • Teaching, including Teach for America or teacher-certification programs
  • Education leadership
  • Policymaking
  • Nonprofit work
  • Domestic and international nongovernmental organization work
  • Government positions in education both in the US and abroad
  • The Peace Corps and other international development or education work

Students interested in graduate school in areas such as law, business, policy, or liberal arts will also benefit from this minor. Through elective courses, students 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.

Minor Declaration

To request declaration of a minor, Steinhardt students should discuss requirements with the minor department’s advising team and complete the Minor Application in Albert. To request declaration of a cross-school minor, Steinhardt students should complete the online Minor Application available in their Albert Student Center. Students may also use the Minor Application in Albert to request cancellation of a Steinhardt or cross-school minor. For questions related to the declaration or cancellation of a minor, students can contact the Steinhardt Advisement and Registration Team at