Coming Spring 2021: BU Wheelock’s New Undergraduate Major
The Bachelor’s degree in Education & Human Development at Wheelock College offers a transdisciplinary approach for students who want to make a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities by transforming inequitable systems and disrupting traditional ways of thinking and learning.
Wheelock’s new undergraduate major is for students considering careers in education, mental health counseling, youth justice, or child life, as change agents, innovators, and entrepreneurs.
More About Our Undergraduate Program
The BU Wheelock undergraduate curriculum emphasizes:
- High-impact, thematic, teaching-approaches to study complex real-world challenges such as climate change, systemic racism, or global interconnectedness
- Discovery and understanding of one’s personal role and power in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Exploration of professions that change lives through rotating field-based experiences in the greater Boston area including schools, hospitals, mental health agencies, legal systems, and justice-based community organizations
- Research for community impact at a Boston-based, health organization, neighborhood, museum, or other community organization
- Use of innovative, design-based thinking informed by research practices to create systemic, positive change
- Producing a transdisciplinary professional, cross-prepared in psychology, education & human development
About BU Wheelock
- In 2018, the School of Education (SED) at Boston University merged with Wheelock College to become the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development.
- We’re named for Miss Lucy Wheelock, a pioneer in the kindergarten movement who established Wheelock College in 1888 and served as its president for 50 years.
- Wheelock is home to a unique culture at BU: We care deeply about issues of equity, diversity, and social justice and this informs everything we do – from our student groups, events, traditions, community involvement, and University/school partnerships.
- Wheelock students take an active role in our community, making a positive impact on the lives of children through programs such as:
- Jumpstart, which pairs student volunteers with low-income preschoolers in Boston’s South End.
- BUILD, a work-study program that connects BU students with elementary school students all over Boston in need of literacy tutoring.
- The Wheelock College Access & Student Success Office, which facilitates programs such as Upward Bound and Educators Rising, that aim to prepare, enroll, and graduate students from underrepresented populations in college.
- Baldwin Early Learning Pilot Academy
- Boston Children’s Hospital
- Boston Children’s Museum
- Dana Farber Cancer Institute
- Department of Youth Services
- Fenway High School
- Harbor Area Early Intervention
- Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Jackson Mann School
- John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science
- Mason Pilot School
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- More Than Words
- Sociedad Latina
- The Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc.
- The EdLaw Project
- The Learning Center for the Deaf
- The Renfrew Center Eating Disorder Treatment Facility
- Women’s Lunch Place
The flexibility of our undergraduate program allows students to pursue Study Abroad opportunities that reflect their interests. Boston University offers over 80 study abroad programs in 25 countries on 6 continents. Boston University was one of the first universities in the United States to send students abroad, and the first university to offer study abroad internship opportunities on several continents.
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