The school provides undergraduates with an interdisciplinary curriculum, practical experiences, and research activities that are closely linked to its faculty and graduate programs. Four concentrations lead to the degree of bachelor of science in education and social policy. The intellectual core of the human development and psychological services and social policy concentrations comes from SESP’s human development and social policy graduate program. The intellectual core of the learning and organizational change and secondary teaching concentrations is grounded in the school’s learning sciences graduate program.

Human Development and Psychological Services Courses

The human development and psychological services concentration explores how human development is influenced by family, schools, community, and the workplace. Students interested in such fields as child development, social work, clinical psychology, medicine, and counseling normally enter this concentration.

Courses focus on theories of individual development and on family, group, and organizational dynamics. The interdisciplinary concentration draws from current practice and research in counseling, personality psychology, and human development as well as on the disciplines of psychology, sociology, gender studies, communication studies, cognitive science, and anthropology to give students the opportunity to combine theory with practice and develop pragmatic skills grounded in a deep understanding of human psychology, growth, and adaptation throughout the life span. Examples of interdisciplinary specializations include child development, family development, premedical studies, and gender and human development.

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Learning and Organizational Change Courses

Students who are interested in such fields as management, consulting, change management, training, design of knowledge systems, and human resources in for-profit and notfor- profit organizations normally enter the learning and organizational change concentration. They combine core coursework in learning sciences, organization behavior, psychology, and human development with the necessary work in economics, quantitative methods, communications, and computer science to prepare for careers as organizational leaders and change agents and for graduate study in education, the social sciences, and management.

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Social Policy Courses

The social policy concentration explores how policies function as the guiding principles on which social programs are based. Students interested in public service, public policy, public health, and law typically choose to follow the requirements of the social policy concentration.

Courses analyze how social policies and social institutions influence the course of human lives and how people can influence social policies. Students develop a strong interdisciplinary foundation in the social sciences and gain an understanding of current social policy issues, drawing on research in African American studies, anthropology, communication studies, economics, gender studies, history, philosophy, political science, public health, and sociology. Examples of interdisciplinary specializations include education policy and reform, urban issues and policy, health care issues and policy, legal issues, and environmental issues and policy.

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Secondary Teaching Courses

SESP’s interdisciplinary secondary teaching concentration combines subject-area courses in a chosen field from Weinberg College—such as art, biological and physical sciences, English, foreign languages, mathematics, or social sciences—with courses in child and adolescent development, educational philosophy, and urban education.

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Undergraduate Office

School of Education and Social Policy

2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/491-3790