Helping is a human endeavor. In an ever-changing world, the need for personal relationships is constant. The undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies and Human Relations (ESHR) capitalizes on this need and will prepare you for jobs in helping and learning professions,  advanced studies in education, counseling, and much more. 

The multidisciplinary ESHR major fits those looking to enter a helping profession, but who do not wish to pursue classroom teaching.

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Subprograms

There are two subprograms within the ESHR major to help you meet your educational and career goals:

Education Studies

The Education Studies subprogram is for students interested in pursuing careers in learning technologies, school district support roles, education policy, assessment and evaluation, among other options.

It also prepares students for future graduate study in educational measurement, learning sciences, educational psychology, higher education and student affairs, and other related areas.

Human Relations

The Human Relations subprogram is for students interested in careers in helping fields that rely on interpersonal communication and personal problem solving.

It also prepares students for future graduate study in professional counseling, health-service psychology, couple and family therapy, community relationship, and related fields.

Concentration Areas

A variety of optional informal concentration areas (ICA) are offered to help you build a program of study that works for your goals. Students may choose a subprogram and tailor their concentration areas to their individual career trajectory. Informal concentration areas include: 

 
Education Studies: Diversity Education ICA

The Diversity Education ICA will help you develop awareness of your own cultural worldview and potential biases, knowledge of other cultural worldviews, learn the ways structural oppression can impact marginalized groups, and gain skills for more effectively serving a diverse society.

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Human Relations: Couple and Family ICA

The Couple and Family ICA will help you understand the nature of interpersonal and intimate relationships, the inner workings of family systems, individual and family development, how the family fits into the larger society, how to help families under stress or in crisis, and how to advocate and support all families.

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Education Studies: Learning and Development ICA

The Learning and Development ICA will help you understand the process of learning; how to engage with different populations in their development of knowledge, skills, and abilities; and learning in different areas such as literacy or science.

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Human Relations: Trauma-informed Advocacy ICA

The Trauma-informed Advocacy ICA will help you better understand the challenges that individuals who have experienced trauma may face, learn how to advocate and support people who have had these challenging experiences, and promote their success.

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Think the ESHR major might be right for you? Questions?

Contact: COE-ESHR@uiowa.edu

 

General inquiries can be addressed to Director of Education Studies and Human Relations, Kathy Schuh.

Current students interested in changing majors or adding the ESHR major should contact Kathy Mossman, Academic Advisor.