Requirements for the Major

In addition to developing skills and habits of inquiry, critical thinking and analysis associated with a strong liberal arts education, as an education studies major you'll acquire a historical and comparative understanding of schooling, a deeper understanding of teaching and learning, educational research skills, and how well (or poorly) schools are educating all students. 

Education studies majors must pass nine courses with a grade of C or better. Pass/Fail courses will not earn credit for the major. Education studies majors may elect to complete an honors thesis.

A. ED 165a Reading (and Talking Back to) Research on Education. All education studies majors are expected to enroll in this required core course during fall semester of their sophomore or junior year.

B. ED 155b Education and Social Policy, is the second of the two required core courses. This course is ordinarily offered every year. Junior or senior students are required to enroll in this capstone seminar.

For students graduating in 2019 and thereafter, the elective requirements for the major are as follows:

C. Three elective courses in one of the four clusters:

1. Education, Equity and Social Change
2. Teaching and Learning In and Outside of Schools
3. Human Creativity and Development
4. Jewish Formal and Informal Education

D. Two electives courses: one in each of two other clusters.

E. Two additional elective courses from any of the four clusters (See Course Clusters below).

F. Students may substitute successful completion of an essay or internship, as described below, for one of the seven elective courses.

G. Honors: Students who wish to be considered for honors in education studies will be required to complete a senior thesis. Students must discuss their potential thesis topic with a faculty adviser in education studies during their junior year. These students will have an opportunity to begin their research in ED 99a (fall of senior year) and will then enroll in ED 99b (spring) to complete their thesis.

Majors who intend to do an honors thesis involving empirical research are required to have completed a research course before their senior year.

Course Clusters

Courses with an * cannot be double counted to fulfill the three-course requirement in a cluster and the requirement to take a course in each of two other clusters. Not all Program Elective courses are offered in any one year. Please consult the Schedule of Classes each semester.

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Education, Equity, and Social Change

AAAS 156a #BlackLivesMatter: The Struggle for Civil Rights from Reconstruction to the Present 
AMST 150a The History of Childhood and Youth in America
AMST 180b Topics in the History of American Education
EBIO 33b* Citizen Science: Bridging Science, Education and Advocacy
ECON 59b The Economics of Education
ED 159b Philosophy of Education
ED 170a* Critical Perspectives in Urban Education
ED 175a* Teaching English Language Learners: Pre-K to 12
HIST 153a Americans at Home: Families and Domestic Environments, 1600 to Present
HSSP 192b Sociology of Disability
PSYC 131a Child Development across Cultures
SOC 104a Sociology of Education
SOC 108a Youth and Democracy
SOC 113b Sociology of Race and Racism
SOC 138a Sociology of Race, Gender, and Class
SOC 154a Community Structure and Youth Subcultures
WMGS 151a Social Politics of Sexual Education

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Teaching and Learning In and Outside of Schools

ANTH 61a Language in American Life
EBIO 33b* Citizen Science: Bridging Science, Education and Advocacy
ED 100a Exploring Teaching (Elementary and Preschool)
ED 100b Exploring Teaching (Secondary)
ED 107a Teaching & Learning Reading in Elementary and Preschools
ED 158b* Looking with the Learner: Practice and Inquiry
ED 163a* Creativity and Caring
ED 170a* Critical Perspectives in Urban Education
ED 175a* Teaching English Language Learners: Pre-K to 12
ENG108b Second Language Writing Instruction: Theory and Practice
ENG 118b* Teaching Shakespeare Up Close and Personal
LING 110a Phonological Theory
LING 197a Language Acquisition and Development
MATH 3a Mathematics for Elementary & Middle School Teachers
NEJS 171a* History Lessons: Teaching the Jewish Experience
PSYC 33a* Developmental Psychology
PSYC 36b* Adolescence and the Transition to Maturity
PSYC 169b* Disorders of Childhood

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Human Creativity and Development

ANTH 109a Children, Parenting, and Education in Cross-Cultural Perspective
ANTH 180b Playing Human: Persons, Objects, Imagination
COML/ENG 140b Children’s Literature and Constructions of Childhood
ED 158b* Looking with the Learner: Practice and Inquiry
ED 163a* Creativity and Caring
ED 173b Psychology of Love: Education for Close Relationships
ENG 118b* Teaching Shakespeare Up Close and Personal
HSSP 192b Sociology of Disability
LING 197a Language Acquisition and Development
PSYC 33a* Developmental Psychology
PSYC 36b* Adolescence and the Transition to Maturity
PSYC 169b* Disorders of Childhood
THA 138b Real American Idols: Education through Creativity and Theatrical Pedagogy

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Jewish Formal and Informal Education

HRNS 205f Summer Camp: The American Jewish Experience (2 credit course)
HRNS 206b Informal Education in Jewish Settings
NEJS 169a Inside the Religious School Classroom
NEJS 169b From Sunday Schools to Birthright: History of American Jewish Education
NEJS 170a Studying Sacred Texts
NEJS 170b Inside Jewish Education
NEJS 171a* History Lessons: Teaching the Jewish Experience
NEJS 235b Philosophy of Jewish Education