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Master of Arts in Inner City Studies Education

College of Education


Name: Zada Johnson
Phone: (773)268-7500
Link: Department Website


The Inner City Studies Education graduate program places intense emphasis on the scholar/activist tradition in preparing those who work and live in the inner city to understand and act upon the interests of residents of the inner city and to participate in the richness, specifically, of the African American communities. The graduate program places in-depth examination and analysis of the multiplicity of research issues, problems, assumptions, and questions about inner city communities from an African-centered perspective. The approach and Discipline encompasses a research methodology and worldview, which ultimately achieves different results when applied to present day inner city populations. The aim of this research approach is to forge new understandings of human relationships in inner city communities in the Chicago metropolitan area and worldwide.

Is this for me?

This program is for you if you are interested in the political, economic, social, and cultural foundations that impact communities in the United States and throughout the world. The program has established, as its primary function, the training of education and helping professionals who desire to work in schools and communities with disadvantaged populations. This program will provide you with the information, foundation, and skills to implement positive changes with long lasting effects.


The graduate program seeks to prepare students to acquire employment in administrative, executive, and teaching positions in inner city educational, human, and social service agencies, organizations, and institutions.