Undergraduate Academics

As an undergraduate at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, you’ll explore high-impact approaches to studying real-world challenges such as climate change, systemic racism, or our global community. You’ll also examine advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. You’ll have access to rotating field-based experiences and research opportunities in the greater Boston area.

BS in Education & Human Development

If you are considering a career in education, mental health counseling, youth justice, or design-based education because you want to be a part of a meaningful profession that is changing lives, BU Wheelock’s undergraduate major, the BS in Education and Human Development, is for you.

As a BS in Education & Human Development major, you’ll learn how to make positive change in schools, neighborhoods, community agencies, and legal and healthcare systems. You will draw on applied psychology, child and human development, and social-cultural research and theory.

You’ll learn to conduct community-based research, understand policy issues that affect children and families, and explore the connections between education and applied human development. Your degree can be built around one of five specializations: Child & Adolescent Mental Health; Deaf Studies; Educational Design for Transformative Futures; Teaching & Learning; and Youth Development & Justice.


BU Wheelock also sponsors six minors for students enrolled in any school or college within Boston University. Minors are offered in Applied Human DevelopmentAutism Spectrum DisordersDeaf Studies, Education, Mathematics Education, and Special Education.

      Experiential Learning

      BU Wheelock students are able to explore professional pathways through practicums and internships in Boston and beyond.  Fieldwork sites include schools, community organizations, healthcare institutions, legal settings, and more. Learn more about experiential learning for BU Wheelock undergraduates.

      Study Abroad

      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.

      For more information, visit BU Wheelock Study Abroad and Boston University Study Abroad.

      Next Steps in Undergraduate Education at BU Wheelock