Educational Studies offers an Honors Program both as part of a Special Major and as a Minor.
Special Majors in Honors
Educational studies offers a special major honors option in conjunction with English, linguistics, political science, psychology and sociology and anthropology (and other departments with the approval of both educational studies and the second department). Special major honors programs will involve one and a half to three two-credit preparations in educational studies. The following options are possible: two and a half preparations in educational studies and one and a half in the other discipline, or one and a half preparations in educational studies and two and a half in the other discipline. (All special majors do a double credit thesis that integrates the two disciplines; the thesis receives one credit from each department.) Students applying to do honors work, as part of a special major must have taken Introduction to Education and at least two other educational studies courses and have an average grade of B+ in their educational studies courses before they will be accepted to the program.
Special Major Honors preparations in Educational Studies will consist of the following:
Thesis. In every case the special major honors program will involve a two-credit thesis. This thesis will normally serve as the integrative piece of the special major, in which case the thesis will be supervised and read by faculty members in education and the other department.
Two-credit educational studies seminar. In order to enroll in seminars, students need to take Introduction to Education and at least one of a specified list of educational studies courses as prerequisites. Each seminar has its own list of prerequisites.
One-credit educational studies course, plus one-credit attachment or one-credit seminar. These preparations are designed by the student and a supervising faculty member.
Students completing a minor in educational studies will complete a total of five credits in Educational Studies, including Introduction to Education, two other educational studies courses and one of the following options. They will also be expected to have a B+ average in their educational studies courses.
Honors Minor preparations include
- A two-credit seminar. In the case of the minor, students will be expected to do three courses in educational studies as prerequisites for taking a seminar, including Introduction to Education and any elective course(s) required for each seminar.
- A one-credit educational studies course and a one-credit attachment or one-credit seminar. Students choosing this option will have taken Introduction to Education and at least two other courses in educational studies in addition to the course and attachment.
All honors students (majors and minors) in educational studies write a short intellectual autobiography that is submitted to the honors examiner. No credit is attached to this paper, which is completed in the spring of the senior year.
The External Exams will take one of two forms:
- Two-credit thesis and oral exam. The thesis will be sent to the examiner in April and students will participate in an hour-long oral exam in May. All examiners in the student's special major program will be invited to participate in the oral exam, if they desire.
- Analytic essay. In April, after receiving a copy of the syllabus for the two-credit preparations, examiners prepare an essay exam based on the syllabus. As part of this process, they may send the students in the educational studies seminar or course/attachment a problem set, a case and/or additional readings relevant to the work they have undertaken in that preparation. In their written exam, students respond to the problem set or case materials in one or more of the essays.
All educational studies honors exams will be written in the Educational Materials Center. Students may have notes on the case or problem set with them while they are writing and may write for up to five hours. A 30-45 minute oral exam will follow in May.