BU Wheelock’s New Undergraduate Major: Coming Fall 2021
You’re ready to make a difference.
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 new undergraduate major, the BS in Education and Human Development, is for you. You can make a difference!
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As a BS in Education and Human Development major, you’ll learn how to make positive change in schools, neighborhoods, community agencies, and legal and health care systems. The new major draws on applied psychology, child and human development, and social-cultural research and theory and can be built around one of our four specialization pathways (Human Development–Youth Justice and Mental Health; Deaf Studies/Education; Teaching and Learning; and Educational Design). Learn to conduct community-based research, understand policy issues that affect children and families, and explore the connections between education and applied human development.
What Makes BU Wheelock Different?
The BU Wheelock undergraduate curriculum emphasizes:
- High-impact approaches to studying real-world challenges such as climate change, systemic racism, or our global community
- Discovery and understanding of one’s personal role and power in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Rotating field-based experiences in the greater Boston area in settings that include schools, hospitals, mental health agencies, legal systems, and justice-based community organizations
- Research at a Boston-based health organization, neighborhood, museum, or other community organization
- Creating systems-based change through design-based research practices
- Producing a transdisciplinary professional cross-prepared in psychology, education & human development
Want to Learn More 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.
- 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.
The Greater Boston community provides a broad array of places where BU Wheelock students are able to explore professions that may be of interest as they grow professionally. Some possible internship sites include:
- More Than Words: A nonprofit social enterprise that empowers young adults who are in the foster care system, court-involved, homeless, or out of school.
- Women’s Lunch Place: A safe, welcoming day shelter community for women who are experiencing homelessness or poverty.
Sociedad Latina: This organization strives to end the cycle of poverty, inequality in access of health services, and lack of educational and professional opportunities in the Latino community.
As a student at BU Wheelock, you are able to take advantage of internship experiences at some of Boston’s world-class medical institutions such as Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
You may also take advantage of experiences based in the Boston legal system, for example, working with the Department of Youth Services and the EdLaw Project.
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.