Foundations of Urban Education Minor



About the Minor

Foundations of Urban Education is an interdisciplinary program open to all undergraduate students at Rutgers University-Newark. Knowledge of urban education is essential to understanding local history, activism, and collaboration across sectors of urban life.  Students who declare the minor will engage in critical discussions and research to explore education and community-partnerships from a justice-oriented, asset-based lens.  

Upon the completion of the Foundations of Urban Education minor, students will be able to:

  • Apply cultural, historical, sociological, and philosophical knowledge and perspectives to education in the context of their career path

  • Critically analyze and evaluate the significance of education for families and communities in urban environments

  • Demonstrate professional and ethical practices that increase appreciation for a variety of cultural, ethnic, racial, dis/abled, socioeconomic, and linguistic backgrounds

  • Understand the historical, cultural, sociological, and philosophical perspectives and dynamics between education, schooling, and society

Minor Requirements

There are two required courses for the minor:

1) Social Foundations of Urban Education (21:300:292) *General Education course

2) Child and Adolescent Psychology and the Urban Experience (21:300:295) *General Education course

In consultation with the minor advisor, students must select from the following list of electives to complete the remaining credits for the minor.  Students need 18 total credits to graduate with the minor:

  • Education in the Global World (21:300:250)

  • Collaborative Leadership and Social Innovation (21:300:334)

  • Publicly Engaged Research and Pedagogy (21:300:335)

  • Urban History in the U.S.: Imagining the City (21:512:361)

  • History of Newark (21:512:203)

  • Sociology of Education (21:920:345)

  • Urban Sociology (21:920:321)

  • Inequality (21:920:324)

  • Health Disparities: Impact on Urban Communities (21:300:301)

  • Language and Culture (21:300:491)

  • Introduction to ESL (21:300:495)

  • Bilingual/Bicultural Education (21:300:490)

  • Educational Planning for Dually Exceptional Students (21:300:298)

  • Education and Social Change Among the Black Diaspora (21:300:358/21:014:364)

  • History of African American Education (21:300:180/21:014:180)

  • Striving for Equity in Education: Policies, Programs, and Practices (21:300:320)

  • Radical Teaching: Voices of Youth Truth (21:300:190)

We currently offer transfer options for the required courses in the minor from several institutions. See the full Transfer Credits List for more details.


Moving from the Minor to Major

The Foundations of Urban Education minor would provide a way for curious students to explore the field of education through the minor. If a student decides later to fully engage in the Urban Secondary Education Teacher Certification program, the required courses in the minor would count toward their completion of the teacher certification. This transition would be easy for those majoring in the following content areas in which we prepare teachers:

  • Social Studies (those majoring in History, African American and African Studies, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, or Political Science)

  • English

  • Languages (majoring in Spanish or Portuguese) 

  • Mathematics (majoring in Applied Mathematics or Mathematics)

  • Science certifications (majoring in Biology, Geology, Physics)

Another option is that this coursework can support students’ interest in seeking teacher certification in a graduate or alternative route program upon completion of their undergraduate degree.

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