Education, Inquiry, and Justice

The Program in Education, Inquiry and Justice offers a minor in Education, Inquiry and Justice.

The interdisciplinary minor in Education, Inquiry, and Justice recognizes the many ways in which the examination of education is alive and well at Georgetown, in scholarship, and in student service in the community. Students are offered a rigorous program through which the complexities of urban education can be explored deeply with faculty across the curriculum who put education at the center of their research and teaching. The minor is also a collaborative effort between faculty and departments in Georgetown College and the Center for Social Justice, through which much of the important work in DC classrooms is organized. This focus on education is nourished deeply by Georgetown’s Jesuit tradition, which from its very beginnings has looked to education as a critical means to promote justice. The minor in Education, Inquiry, and Justice offers a chance to engage students on education in collaborative and innovative ways.

The minor promotes the notion that education is not just a technical process of transmission or delivery, but a dynamic endeavor that plays an essential role in the development of the whole person—the intellectual, artistic, physical, affective, moral, social, and political capacities that make us human. Grounded in this conception of education, the minor adopts an interdisciplinary approach to core questions about the nature of education and human well-being. What does it mean to know and what is worth knowing? What is the nature of the good society and what is the role of education in its development? How does one learn, and what affects the learning process? How does change take place in educational systems? What are the implications of democracy for schooling? Examination of these issues and more requires a variety of disciplinary approaches, so the minor builds on courses in philosophy, psychology, government, sociology, linguistics, and others.



The minor in Education, Inquiry, and Justice consists of six courses. The list of courses below is not meant to be exhaustive; it is representative of past courses. Furthermore, not every course is taught each semester, and course content may change in ways that no longer align to the minor's goals. Current lists of courses will be maintained by the Minor Director and the College Dean’s Office.

  • 1 Gateway Course
    • EDIJ-241 Gateway: Sem in Urban Ed (fall semester)
  • 1 Education Core Course
    • EDIJ-156 Philosophy of Education
    • GOVT-237 Education Politics and Policy-Making
    • SOCI-163 Education and Society
    • EDIJ-210 Intro to/Enacting Research in Education
  • 1 Justice and Education Framework Course
    • GOVT-330 Dept Sem: Democracy and Education
    • JUPS-123 Intro to Justice and Peace
    • LING-325 Foundations of Education
    • PSYC-365 Children, Families, Law
    • SOCI-140 Social Inequality
    • SOCI-162 Education Policy
    • SOCI-205 Social Justice Analysis
    • SOCI-221 DC: Neighborhoods, Policy, Inequality
  • 1 Learning and Human Development Framework Course
    • BIOL-341 Rise and Teach I/ Science Pedagogy
    • ICOS-201 Intro to Cognitive Science
    • LING-251 How Languages Are Learned
    • PSYC-130 Cognition
    • PSYC-160 Childhood and Adolescence
    • PSYC-252 Community Psychology
    • PSYC-265 Early Childhood Education
    • PSYC-347 Network Neuroscience of Learning
  • 1 Praxis Course
    • BIOL-342 Rise and Teach  II
    • EDIJ-220 Education, Equity and Advocacy
    • EDIJ-242 Educating the Whole Child
    • EDIJ-253 Children with Disabilities (w/ CBL)
    • ENGL-296 Reading, Teaching, and Social Reflection
    • ENGL-298 Sursum Corda
    • LING-251 How Languages Are Learned (w/ CBL)
    • LING-259 How to Teach and Second Language (w/ CBL)
  • 1 Capstone Course
    • EDIJ-401 Education, Inquiry, and Justice Capstone (spring semester)

Students apply to the minor in the spring of their sophomore year.  Eligibility for acceptance into the minor will be based on overall academic performance, exploration of the field, and demonstrated commitment to education through relevant service and/or classroom experience. Students are encouraged to have taken at least one course within the minor requirements prior to application.

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