EDIJ Course Categories and Descriptions

Check out previous course lists – Spring 2020 Courses

*Not all courses are listed. Courses are subject to change each semester. Courses that are listed below are for illustrative purposes only.

1 Gateway Course

EDIJ 241 (CBL) Seminar in Urban Education (fall only, EDIJ minors only)

1 Education Core Course

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.

Example Courses:

  • EDIJ -156 Philosophy of Education
  • GOVT – 237 Education, Politics, and Policymaking
  • SOCI – 163 Sociology of Education

1 Justice and Education Framework Course

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.

Example Courses:

  • PSYC – 347 Schools, Poverty, and Policy
  • GOVT – 330 Democracy and Education
  • SOCI – 222 Gentrification, Justice, and Cities

1 Learning and Human Development Framework Course

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. 

Example Courses:

  • EDIJ – 253 Children with DIsabilities
  • LING – 251 How Languages are Learned
  • PSYC – 265 Early Childhood Education
  • PSYC -130 Cognition 

1 Praxis Course

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. 

Example Courses:

  • EDIJ – 220 Education, Equity, and Advocacy
  • EDIJ – 242 (CBL) Educating the Whole Child 
  • ENGL – 296 Reading, Teaching, and Social Reflection
  • EDIJ – 251 Social Transformation in South Africa

1 Capstone Course

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.