Educational Leadership, Policy & Social Justice Concentration

Educational Leadership, Policy & Social Justice Concentration

Students pursuing the Educational Leadership, Policy & Social Justice concentration will examine ways in which social institutions and public, private, and non-profit organizations contribute to educational policy and impact social justice. Throughout their coursework, students will engage with Educational Studies core themes and consider questions such as: what are the historical contexts for equity in education and society more broadly? And how does one apply educational research to the complex challenges of a multicultural society to affect transformational change? 

Learning Goals

This concentration aims to produce critically engaged educators and citizens who:

  • Develop and advocate for policies that promote equity and social justice across educational, community-based and public contexts
  • Serve as leaders and change agents in their respective fields
  • Contribute to developing a citizenry that is well-informed about complex and intersectional educational issues
  • Collaborate with local and global communities in examining and responding to educational and societal challenges


Career Opportunities

Because the Educational Studies major is interdisciplinary and requires 25 credits of electives outside the School of Educational Studies, students are well-equipped to enter a wide variety of professional fields including:

  • Law, legislation, and public policy
  • Higher education
  • Community organizing & advocacy
  • Educational or social justice non-profits

Double Major or Minor Opportunities

Many Educational Studies majors pair the Educational Leadership, Policy & Social Justice Concentration with a second major or minor to create a uniquely specialized academic and career-preparation experience. 

Some common pairings include Educational Studies and: