Requirements for the Minor in Education Studies


A Brandeis graduate with an Education Studies minor will be prepared to pursue, after graduation:
  • a career in an education-related field, such as school psychology, higher education, informal education, museum education;
  • education policy, legislative, or non-profit work; and/or graduate study.

Six courses are required to complete the Education Studies minor:

  • two core courses, one of which is ED 155b, and
  • four program electives.

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

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. A second core course to be selected from the following:

AMST 150a - History of Childhood and Youth in America

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

C.  At least four additional program electives, listed below, no more than two of which can be taken in the same department or inderdepartmental program.  Students may have only two cross-over courses that meet requirements for both the teacher education (licensure) minor and the Education Studies minor.  

Students may substitute successful completion of an essay, thesis, or internship for the fourth elective.

Program Electives

Not all courses are given 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 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 131a - Child Development across Cultures

PSYC 169b - Disorders of Childhood

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