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Course Majors and Minors

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Course Major

An educational studies major includes at least 8 credits in Educational Studies.  In their sophomore plan, we recommend that prospective majors clarify a focus within the department.  Foci might include policy, social and cultural foundations of education, or the study of learning.  All majors must include a methods course in their program as preparation for their senior thesis.  Methods courses can include any of the following three courses:

  • EDUC 65 Qualitative Methods for Educational Change
  • SOCI 16B Research Methods in Social Science
  • EDUC 21 Educational Psychology

The culminating exercise for the major is normally a 1-2 credit senior thesis, completed in the senior year.

Prerequisites for entry into the major include EDUC 014, Pedagogy and Power: Introduction to Education and one additional course in the department. EDUC 092: Practice Teaching and EDUC 093: Curriculum and Methods Seminar are not counted as part of the major.

Special Major

Students may complete a special major that integrates work in Educational Studies with their study in another campus department. Pre-established programs have been created with the following disciplines: biology, chemistry, English literature, French, German, history, linguistics, mathematics/statistics, music, physics, political science, psychology, Russian, sociology/anthropology, and Spanish. Special majors with other disciplines can be pursued with the approval of both the Department of Educational Studies and the second department. In the case of all special majors involving educational studies, both departments collaborate in advising the student. The Educational Studies prerequisite for acceptance to the special major program is EDUC 014. Pedagogy and Power: An Introduction to Education and one additional Educational Studies course. 

All special majors are required to complete a one or two credit thesis or a comprehensive examination/research/practicum experience integrating work in their two fields of study. Special majors are encouraged to take EDUC 065: Educational Research for Social Change in the spring of their sophomore or junior year. This course, which can be taken for 0.5 or 1 credit, prepares students to write a special major thesis in their senior year. 

The course special major usually requires 10 to 12 credits, at least 5 of which must be in Educational Studies. If a special major pursues teaching certification, EDUC 092: Practice Teaching and EDUC 093: Curriculum and Methods Seminar are not counted as part of a special major.

Educational Studies has agreements with the departments, listed below, as to what courses are required both within Educational Studies and the second department. There may be some flexibility in what courses will meet each requirement; each student's program will be planned in consultation with advisers in Educational Studies and the partnering department.

Special major requirements:

Biology and Educational Studies
Chemistry and Educational Studies
Cognitive Science and Educational Studies
Computer Science and Educational Studies
Economics and Educational Studies
English Literature and Educational Studies
History and Educational Studies
Latin American and Latino Studies and Educational Studies
Linguistics and Educational Studies
Mathematics and Educational Studies
Modern Languages (French, German, Russian) and Educational Studies
Music and Educational Studies
Peace and Conflict Studies and Educational Studies
Physics and Educational Studies
Political Science and Educational Studies
Psychology and Educational Studies
Sociology and Anthropology and Educational Studies
Spanish and Educational Studies

Course Minor

The Educational Studies minor provides students with the opportunity to choose from a variety of Educational Studies courses and prompts students to reflect on the overarching theme of their experience in the department. The Educational Studies minor requires at least 5 credits in Educational Studies. Students identify a focus when they apply for the minor and then explain how their coursework supports this focus. Possible foci include but are not limited to Teaching and Practice, Educational Policy, Educational Psychology, School and Society, Urban Education, Environmental Education, Literacy, and Special Education.  The prerequisite for acceptance to the Educational Studies minor program is EDUC 014. Pedagogy and Power: An Introduction to Education and one additional Educational Studies course.  Course minors may also pursue teacher certification.