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.

Nine courses are required to complete the Education Studies major:

  • two core courses, one of which is ED 155b,
  • six program electives, and
  • ED 165a, the senior seminar.

A grade of C- or better is required in each course taken for credit in the major.  Pass/Fail courses are not allowed.

Education Studies majors may elect to complete an honors thesis.

Core courses:

A. ED 155b (Education and Social Policy) is one of the two required core courses.  This course is ordinarily offered every year.

B. Education Studies majors must also take a second core course in which to study education from the perspective of a foundational discipline.  Students may choose their second core course from the following:

AMST 150a  - History of Childhood and Youth in American

AMST 180b - Topics in the History of American Education

COML /ENG 140b - Children's Literature and Constructions of Childhood

COML 165a - Reading, Writing, and Teaching across Cultures

ECON 59b - The Economics of Education

ED 158b - Looking with the Learner:  Practice and Inquiry

ED 159b - Philosophy of Education

SOC 104a - The Sociology of Education

Program electives:

C.  Majors must also complete at least six other program electives, no more than two of which can be used to meet the requirements of both the teacher education (licensure) minor and the education studies major.

Please note: As part of fulfilling the requirement of six elective courses, students must take at least one course in each of the two domains:

  1. Schooling, Policy, and Society
  2. Development, Learning, and/or Teaching
See list of electives below, grouped by domain.

We also urge majors to choose for one of their electives a course that focuses on cross-cultural understanding, such as ANTH 109a, COML 165a or 166a, ED 158b.

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.

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

D. Senior Seminar: All education studies majors are required to enroll in ED 165a, "Reading (and Talking Back to) Research on Education," during the fall semester of their senior year.

E. Honors: Students who wish to be considered for honors in education studies will be required to complete a senior thesis.  Students who intend to do an honors thesis 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.

F. Pass/Fail courses will not earn credit toward the major.  Students must receive a grade of C- or higher for any course to be counted as part of the education studies major.

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

Schooling, Policy and Society:

AMST 150a - The History of Childhood and Youth in America

AMST 180b - Topics in the History of American Education

ANTH 61b - Language in American Life

ANTH 109a - Children, Parenting, and Education in Cross-Cultural Perspective

COML /ENG 140b - Children’s Literature and Constructions of Childhood

COML 165a - Reading, Writing, and Teaching across Cultures

COML 166b - Literacy, Language and Culture

ECON 59b - The Economics of Education

ED 159b - Philosophy of Education

ED 170a - Critical Perspectives in Urban Education

HIST 65b - College 101: American Higher Education in Historical Perspective

HIST 153a - Americans at Home: Families and Domestic Environments, 1600 to the Present

HSSP 192b - Sociology of Disability

NEJS 170b - Jewish Education in Modern America

NEJS 235b - Philosophy of Jewish Education

PHIL 148b - Philosophy of the Humanities

SOC 104a - Sociology of Education

SOC 108a - Youth and Democracy

SOC 154a - Community Structure and Youth Subcultures


Human Development, Learning and/or Teaching:

BISC 7a - The Biology and Culture of Deafness

ED 100a - Exploring Teaching (Elementary & Preschool)

ED 100b - Exploring Teaching (Secondary)

ED 107a - Teaching and Learning Reading in Elementary and Preschools

ED 158b - Looking with the Learner: Practice and Inquiry

ED 163b - Creativity and Caring

ED 175a - Teaching of English Language Learners: Pre-K to 12

HBRW 168a - Hebrew Language Teaching I

HBRW 236a - Teaching and Learning in Jewish Classrooms

LING 197a - Language Acquisition and Development

MATH 3a - Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers

NEJS 169a - Reading the Classroom as Text

NEJS 170a - Studying Sacred Texts

PHYS 22a - The Science in Science Teaching and Learning

PSYC 33a - Developmental Psychology

PSYC 36b - Adolescence and the Transition to Maturity

PSYC 169b - Disorders of Childhood

THA 138b
- The Real American Idols: Education through Creativity and Theatrical Pedagogy