Education, Inquiry, and Justice

EDIJ is located in the 1st floor of Car Barn: Suite 171, Room 182. Please email to make an appointment.

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Education, Inquiry and Justice’s focus on the intersection of education and social justice is nourished deeply by Georgetown’s Jesuit tradition, which from its very beginnings has looked to education as a critical means to promote justice and individual well-being. In keeping with this tradition, the minor embodies the notion that all service and action should flow from contemplation and inquiry, and adds to the lifelong development of men and women for others. 

There is great student interest in education at Georgetown, as a vocation, as an academic pursuit, and as a means to justice.

Structure of Minor

The minor requires 6 courses in a diverse set of classes. The courses listed below are not offered every semester, but they are representative of the courses that will generally be available.

Applications for the EDIJ minor are open to all sophomores and transfers students typically in February of each year. However, many of the courses are open to all students. Students are encouraged to take at least one EDIJ course prior to applying to the minor.

All students with a minor in EDIJ take the Gateway course (EDIJ 241 CBL Seminar in Urban Education) and the Capstone course (EDIJ 401 Education, Inquiry and Justice Capstone). Students select 1 course from each of the remaining 4 categories.

EDIJ Course Categories and Descriptions

The courses listed under each section below represent the current courses available for that section for the upcoming Fall 2020 semester.

EDIJ 241 CBL EDIJ Gateway Course: Seminar in Urban Education

These courses typically are introductory in scope and provide a comprehensive overview of foundations of education in the United States.The courses in this category examine universal questions about the purpose, processes, and impacts of education with an eye toward equitable and inequitable experiences and outcomes.

Fall 2020 Courses:

  • SOCI 163 – Education & Society
  • GOVT 237 – Education, Politics and Policymaking
  • EDIJ 320 – Examining & Enacting Ed Research

These courses examine education as a means for achieving justice and social transformation. Courses in this category may contextualize social issues that cut across disciplines and explore the role of education through the arts, policy, public health, mental health, psychology, etc.

Fall 2020 Courses:

  • GOVT 325 – Children, Politics, and Public Policy
  • JUPS 123 – Into to Justice & Peace
  • SOCI 140 – Social Inequality

These courses examine the ways humans learn, grow, and develop. Often human growth and learning are examined through intersections with psychology, the media, technology, language, and digital culture. 

Fall 2020 Courses:

  • GERM 445 – Fundamentals of Teaching in a Foreign Language
  • ICOS 201 – Intro to Cognitive Science
  • LING 251 – How Languages are Learned
  • PSYC 234 – Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSCY 262 – Early Childhood Development
  • PSYC 317 Mind, Brain, and Education PSCY 361 Children & Technology
  • SPAN 313 – Bilingualism: Mind and Context 

Praxis courses offer the opportunity to bridge theory and practice. These courses typically integrate work in the community through community-based learning opportunities that help to contextualize and complicate course content. 

Fall 2020 Courses:

  • EDIJ 220 – CBL Education, Equity & Advocacy
  • ENGL 296 – CBL Reading, Teaching, and Social Reflection
  • ENGL 298 – CBL Sursum Corda

EDIJ 401 Education, Inquiry and Justice Capstone (spring only, EDIJ minors only)


The minor in Education, Inquiry, and Justice is a six-course program. However, some courses that are essential for the minor (or are simply options within it) have prerequisites that must be completed in advance.

Students interested in the minor should consider taking these courses in their first or second year.

  • PSYC-001 Introduction to Psychology: a prerequisite for most learning and human development courses.

Got questions about EDIJ?

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