Educational Policy and Practice

Eleanor Townsley, Nexus director

Sarah Frenette, track chair


217G Dwight Hall
413-538-3010
https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/nexus/educational_policy

Overview and Contact Information

The Nexus in Educational Policy and Practice is intended to provide students with an opportunity to conduct a cross-disciplinary exploration of an education-related topic. The multidisciplinary nature of the Nexus offers varied perspectives on contemporary contexts and historical moments that shape and define knowledge, behavior, structures, organizations, and policies both in and out of educational settings. Examples of these varied perspectives include Education: Policy and Politics; Philosophy and the Child; International Education; Women, Leadership and Higher Education; Education, Health, and Sports Pedagogy; Education and the Arts; Environmental Education.

See Also

Faculty

This area of study is administered by the following Nexus track chair:

Sarah Frenette, Five College Coordinator of Teacher Licensure

Requirements for the Nexus

A minimum of 18 credits:

Three courses above the 100 level chosen from the list of courses approved for this Nexus12
One approved 300-level course from the list of courses approved for this Nexus4
Completion of the UAF application stages 1 and 2 1
A substantive internship
COLL-211Reflecting Back: Connecting Internship and Research to your Liberal Arts Education 2
A presentation at LEAP Symposium
Total Credits18
1

Or a fifth class with approval of the track chair

Additional Specifications

  • Students in this Nexus track must seek approval from the track chair after developing a brief proposal outlining their specific area of focus and the specific courses they plan to take to complete the Nexus.
  • The sequence of a Nexus is part of what makes it unique. UAF application stages 1 and 2 must be completed before the internship or research project. COLL-211 is taken after the internship or research project and culminates in a presentation at LEAP Symposium.

Courses Counting toward the Nexus

Asian Studies
ASIAN-215Androgyny and Gender Negotiation in Contemporary Chinese Women's Theater 4
College(Interdeptmnt) Courses
COLL-211Reflecting Back: Connecting Internship and Research to your Liberal Arts Education 2
Education
EDUC-205Racism and Inequality in Schools and Society 4
EDUC-220Foundations of Multicultural Education 4
EDUC-267Children's Literature for Educators 4
Entrepreneurship, Orgs & Soc
EOS-299NDTopic: 'Individuals and Organizations' 4
EOS-349GETopic: 'International Management and Gender' 4
Gender Studies
GNDST-204CWWomen and Gender in the Study of Culture: 'Androgyny and Gender Negotiation in Contemporary Chinese Women's Theater' 4
GNDST-333SCAdvanced Seminar: 'GLBT Issues in Schools' 4
Psychology
PSYCH-329PSSeminar in Personality and Abnormal Psychology: 'Positive Psychology' 4