Requirements for the Major in Education Studies

In addition to developing skills and habits of inquiry, critical thinking, and analysis associated with a strong liberal arts education, Education Studies majors will acquire an historical and comparative understanding of schooling, a deeper understanding of teaching and learning, educational research skills, and an understanding of the ethical dimensions of education.

Education Studies majors must pass nine courses (36 credits) 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 155b, Education and Social Policy, is one of two required core courses.  This course is ordinarily offered every year.

B. ED 165a Reading (and Talking Back to) Research on Education. All education studies majors are required to enroll in this capstone seminar during fall semester of their senior year.

Beginning in 2015-2016, 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, Equality 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 courses listed in clusters below.

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

  • Essay: An approved research honors essay, usually taken in the senior year.  Student would receive credit for this essay, or ED 98a (Individual Readings and Research in Education), or an independent study or research course approved by the director of the education program.
  • Internship: An internship (ED 92) approved by the director of the education program.  Students who are student teaching as part of a minor in preschool, elementary, or secondary education will also be eligible to receive internship credit if they are concurrently pursuing an education studies major.  Students who choose this option will keep a journal about their experiences and produce a final paper.

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 165a (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.

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.

Education, Equality, and Social Change
AAAS 156a, The Civil Rights Movement
AMST 150a, The History of Childhood and Youth in America
AMST 180b, Topics in the History of American Education
BISC 7a*, The Biology and Culture of Deafness
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 138a, Sociology of Race, Gender, and Class
SOC 154a, Community Structure and Youth Subcultures

Teaching and Learning In and Outside of Schools
ANTH 61a, Language in American Life
BISC 7a*,The Biology and Culture of Deafness
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
LING 110a, Phonological Theory
LING 197a, Language Acquisition and Development
MATH 3a, Mathematics for Elementary & Middle School Teachers
PSYC 33a*, Developmental Psychology
PSYC 36b*, Adolescence and the Transition to Maturity
PSYC 169b*,Disorders of Childhood

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
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

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, Teaching and Learning in Jewish Classrooms
NEJS 169b, From Sunday Schools to Birthright:  History of
     American Jewish Education
NEJS 170a, Studying Sacred Texts
NEJS 170b, Inside Jewish Education
NEJS 235b, Philosophy of Jewish Education

Not all Program Elective courses are offered in any one year.  Please consult the Schedule of Classes each semester.