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Academic Options and Concentrations

The School of Education and Social Policy offers a variety of program options for undergraduate students. Use this page to learn about our offerings and areas of academic focus.

Academic Degrees

Graduates of SESP will receive one of the following degrees:

Concentrations and Certificates 

At SESP your area of academic focus or “major,” is called a concentration. Concentrations are interdisciplinary areas of study with their own curricular requirements. Another way to focus your studies is through certificate or licensure programs. Use the table below to explore options and visit the program’s webpage to learn more.

The table lists undergraduate academic programs.

Academic Program Options Offered

Civic Engagement
All Northwestern first years, sophomores and juniors can apply to this two-year program that incorporates community engagement and classroom learning.

Elementary Teaching
Combine subject-area courses with courses on child and adolescent development, education theory and methods. Earn an Illinois Professional Educator license and a BS in Social Education and Policy.
Concentration, Teacher Licensure
Human Development in Context
This interdisciplinary program explores how people shape their social settings — families, communities, schools and workplaces — across their lifespans.
Learning and Organizational Change
Gain skills in leading, anticipating and responding to change while studying organizational, management and learning sciences, sociology, psychology, economics and design.
Learning Sciences
Explore concepts of education technology, instructional design, museum education, workplace learning and educational research while learning innovative throes of learning and applied design.


Secondary Teaching
Combine subject-area courses with adolescent development, education theory and methods course. Earn an Illinois Professional Educator license and a BS in Social Education and Policy. Weinberg students pursuing licensure must apply by fall of junior year.

Concentration, Teaching Licensure

Social Policy
Explore how policies guide social programs in this concentration, which will appeal to students interested in public service, public policy, public health and law.


Your SESP concentration is your primary major.  SESP does not offer second majors or minors in any of the concentrations for either SESP students or for students in other schools. You may take courses in other SESP concentrations to develop an interest or focus.