Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Transformative Educational Studies

Make the World More Just.

You will study the fundamental educational questions arising during this moment of social and educational transformation. Students will learn to reflect on the direction and purpose of their own education. You will also learn how to make authentic contributions to improve the quality of human experience and make society more just. 



Our Transformative Educational Studies program features coursework that covers leading theories and strategies in Curriculum, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Global Perspectives, and Formative Education.

Focus on key questions impacting education:

  • What does it mean to be an educated person?
  • Is schooling primarily a force for social reproduction or social change?
  • How will education evolve in light of paradigmatic shifts in the nature of technology and media, literacy and work?
  • What type of learning leads to personal and social transformation?
  • How will education respond to contemporary social, environmental, and health crises?
  • What does it mean to be an educator?
  • How to serve diverse and increasingly globalized student populations?


Overview of the Program

There are three components to the TES major:

1. Take the four required core courses.

2. Complete three of five global perspectives courses.

3. Complete three major electives.

Core Courses

Required Courses

4 courses (12 credits)


Core Courses

CourseCourse TitleCredits
FORM1050The Educational Conversation3
FORM1051Reimagining School and Society3
FORM2050Transformative Teaching and Learning3
The Art of Educational Inquiry3

Global Perspectives Courses

Students should choose three of the five global perspectives courses listed below.

Global Perspectives Courses

3 courses (9 credits)


Global Perspectives Courses



CourseCourse TitleCredits
FORM1250Teaching, Curriculum and Learning Environments: Global Perspectives3
FORM2251Globalization, Mobility, and Education3
FORM2252Language Learners in Global Perspective3
FORM2253Preparing the Whole Person for Global Citizenship3
FORM2254Cross-cultural Perspectives on Religion and Education3

Transformative Educational Studies Electives

Students should select 3 electives from the options below. Note: Electives must differ from the three selected global perspective courses. Not all courses are available each semester. Please visit the EagleApps Course Information and Schedule for an up-to-date list of current offerings.  

Elective Courses

3 courses (9 credits)




  • English Teacher, King Philip High School
  • History Teacher, Virginia Public Schools
  • Science Teacher, Uncommon Schools
  • Science Teacher, Cristo Rey Boston High School
  • Physics Teacher, Acton-Boxborough High School
  • Associate General Counsel, Bright Horizons Family Solutions
  • ESL Tutor and Administrative Assistant, Chongro Overseas Educational Institute
  • ELA Teacher, Sharon Public Schools
  • English Teacher, St. Joseph's Preparatory High School

Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the TCS Department.

Psychological Humanities Minor

Students in the 18-credit Psychological Humanities minor will approach psychology through an interdisciplinary and humanistic lens that facilitates student formation and focuses on the education of the whole person. Designed to broaden students’ understanding of psychology and the closely related ethical, spiritual, and existential dimensions of human life, the minor introduces undergrads to a humanities-informed approach to psychological science. Housed in the Lynch School's Department of Formative Education, but open to every Boston College undergraduate, the minor includes offerings from across the University.

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