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What can I do with a minor in Foundations of Urban Education?

There are many fields that often overlap in or with education. This particular Foundations of Urban Education minor will be able to:

  1. provide an outlet with those wanting to explore teaching as a possible career option

  2. actively support a wide breadth of other majors and career opportunities that often intersect with education


Exploring Teaching as a Career

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.


Exploring Other Majors and Careers

There are a number of majors that often intersect with education in their career options. The following table displays how students in other majors could be interested in the Foundations of Urban Education minor to support their understanding and career trajectories.



Career Options with Education


  • Studying educational anthropology
  • Studying urban cultural anthropology


  • Interesting in art education

Criminal Justice

  • Working in youth-based prevention programs
  • Working with incarcerated or adjudicated youth
  • Understanding the school-to-prison pipeline and its effects on policing and the incarceration system in America

Journalism and Media Studies

  • Studying or reporting on schools, education, youth, and/or the urban sector

*Law School

  • Specializing in educational law, policy, and advocacy

*Medical School

  • Specializing in pediatrics
  • Understanding the role of education on children’s lives and health


  • Interested in music education


  • Working as a nurse in schools
  • Understanding the influence on schools and supporting students’ health needs


  • Interest in educational psychology
  • Interest in child or adolescent psychology

*Public Health

  • Understanding the role of education on children’s lives and health
  • Working with youth or in youth-based programs

Social Work

  • Working as a social worker in schools
  • Working with youth, in particular, urban youth
  • Working in youth in the foster care/adoption system
  • Working with homeless or runaway youth


  • Studying sociology of education
  • Working in youth-based programs

*Graduate Areas: These areas will support those undergraduates interested in graduate work in areas that intersect with education.