"Be the change, to see the change"

Not everyone aspires to be a teacher, but we are all 'educators' in one sense or another. The faculty in Education invites Occidental's best and brightest to "be the change" by complementing a major course of study with an Education minor. The minor in Education will prepare students to address the complex challenges and issues related to education in our nation's evolving urban school communities. Students will learn to think clearly and analytically about schooling, pedagogy, educational policy and practice in a variety of school- and community-based educational settings.

Viewing the urban school as situated in broader communities is an essential contextual perspective that our program emphasizes. As such, an understanding of the urban community and neighborhood is fundamental in developing the problem solving skills necessary for effective agency in urban educational contexts. With this in mind, the Education Minor integrates foundational coursework with urban community engagement via internships and/or field experiences to provide a rich, collaborative and informative context for school reform, school improvement and educational activism.

Minor Requirements


A minor in Education requires 22 units of coursework.

Required Courses:

EDUC 201Sociocultural Foundations of Education


EDUC 207Conflict in Education


EDUC 300Community Engagement in Education


Twelve units of EDUC electives

Students may select from any other courses offered in the department. At least four of the remaining twelve units must be completed in an Education course numbered 313 or higher.

The department occasionally accepts courses from other departments for credit. These decisions are made on an individual basis, in consultation with the department chair. No more than four (4) units either from other departments or transfer courses from other institutions (including study abroad courses) will be counted towards the minor.


Education Courses


Regular Faculty

La Mont Terry, chair

Associate Professor, Education

A.B., M.A.T., Occidental College; Ph.D., UCLA

Ronald Solórzano

Professor, Education; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies

B.S., M.Ed., Loyola Marymount University; Ph.D., UCLA

Désirée Zamorano

Director of the Community Literacy Center

B.A., UC Irvine; M.A., Cal State Dominguez Hills

On Special Appointment

Suzie Abajian

NTT Assistant Professor, Education

B.A., M.A., Occidental College; PhD. University of California Los Angeles

Adelina Alegria

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Education

B.A., Cal State Dominguez Hills; Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara