Education, Inquiry, and Justice

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

EDIJ’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 the Minor

Spring 2020 Courses

The minor requires 18 credits in a diverse set of courses. The courses listed below are not offered every semester, but they are representative of the courses that will generally be available. 

1 Gateway Course

  • EDIJ-241 Seminar in Urban Education (fall only)

1 Education Core Course

  • EDIJ-156 Philosophy of Education
  • GOVT-237 Education Politics and Policy-Making
  • SOCI-163 Sociology of Education

1 Justice and Education Framework Course

  • BIOL-230 Science Pedagogy
  • ENGL-298 Sursum Corda (CBL)
  • GOVT-330 Dept Sem: Democracy and Education
  • IDST-325 University as Design Problem
  • JUPS-123 Intro to Justice and Peace
  • JUPS-401 Education for Protection with Crisis-Affected Populations
  • LING-325 Foundations of Education
  • LING-412 Linguistics and Education
  • PSYC-252 Community Psychology
  • PSYC-347 Schools, Poverty, and Policy
  • PSYC-361 Children and Technology
  • PSYC-365 Children, Families, Law
  • SOCI-162 Education Policy
  • SOCI-205 Social Justice Analysis
  • SOCI-221 DC: Neighborhoods, Policy, Inequality
  • SOCI-222 Gentrification, Justice, Cities 
  • SPAN-392 Sem: Teaching Spanish
  • TPST-125 Improvisation for Social Change 
  • TPST-285 Theater, Writing, Community

1 Learning and Human Development Framework Course

  • LING-251 How Languages Are Learned
  • LING-398 Developmental Reading
  • PSYC-130 Cognition
  • PSYC-160 Childhood and Adolescence
  • PSYC-231 Psychology of Memory
  • PSYC-265 Early Childhood Education
  • PSYC-361 Children and Technology
  • PSYC-362 Children’s Development

1 Praxis Course

  • BIOL-341/342 RISE: “Rise and Teach” I & II
  • EDIJ-220 Education, Equity, and Advocacy (CBL)
  • EDIJ-242 Educating the Whole Child
  • EDIJ-253 Children with Disabilities
  • EDIJ-341 Democracy and Education I
  • EDIJ-342 Democracy and Education II
  • ENGL-296 Reading, Teaching, and Social Reflection
  • ENGL-297 Issues in Education
  • LING-154 Linguistics and Reading
  • LING-259 How to Teach and Second Language
  • PSYC-252 Community Psychology

1 Capstone Course

  •  EDIJ-401 Education, Inquiry, and Justice Capstone

Structure of the Minor for Science Majors

1 Gateway Course

  • EDIJ-241 Essentials of Effective Practice (fall only)

1 Education Core Course

  • EDIJ-156 Philosophy of Education
  • GOVT-237 Education Politics and Policy-Making
  • SOCI-163 Sociology of Education

1 Science Pedagogy Course

  • BIOL-230 Science Pedagogy

2 RISE Praxis Courses

  • BIOL-341/342 RISE: “Rise and Teach” I & II

1 Capstone Course

  • EDIJ-401 Education, Inquiry, and Justice Capstone

For science or math majors participating in Rise and Teach and not using Rise and Teach as course credit toward their major, an option for the EDIJ course requirements includes:

  • EDIJ Gateway course
  • 1 EDIJ core course
  • 1 EDIJ Justice and education framework course
  • 1 Learning and human development framework course: BIOL 341
  • 1 Praxis Course: BIOL 342
  • EDIJ Capstone Course


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.