Educational Studies

Sandra Lawrence, Chair

Cheryl McGraw, Academic Department Coordinator

303 Reese Psychology and Education Building

Overview and Contact Information

The minor in educational studies provides students with an opportunity to conduct a cross-disciplinary exploration of an education-related topic. The multidisciplinary nature of the minor offers varied perspectives on contexts and historical moments that shape and define knowledge, behavior, structures, and policies both in and out of classrooms. Students planning to minor in educational studies must consult with a member of the program committee to discuss an area of interest and design a plan of study. A brief proposal and plan of study outlining the focus of the minor and the courses making up the minor must be approved by the program chair. The culminating experience of the minor is a 2-credit Educational Studies course requiring students to analyze and synthesize key ideas that have emerged from their focused study. Students will work with a faculty advisor as they write and present a capstone paper.

Please note: this minor in educational studies does not lead to teacher licensure. For information on the education minor leading to teacher licensure, please consult the Psychology and Education chapter, which provides detailed information on the course requirements and application procedures for teacher licensure programs.

See Also


This area of study is administered by the Educational Studies Committee:

Sandra Lawrence, Professor of Psychology and Education

Preston Smith II, Professor of Politics, Teaching Spring only

Bruce Arnold, Associate Professor of Classics

Lucas Wilson, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Economics

Jennifer Jacoby, Assistant Professor of Education

Lenore Reilly, Assistant Professor of Education; Senior Advisor to the President/Secretary of the Board of Trustees

David Allen, Senior Lecturer in Physical Education & Athletics

Leah Glasser, Dean of Studies; Lecturer in English

Sarah Frenette, Five College Coordinator of Teacher Licensure

Requirements for the Minor

A minimum of 18 credits:

One of the following:4
Racism and Inequality in Schools and Society
Foundations of Multicultural Education
Three courses at the 200 level or above focusing on a specific area of study 112
EDUST-290Capstone in Educational Studies 2
Total Credits18

Some possible areas of study include: Knowledge and the Humanities, National and International Perspectives on Education, Gender and Education, Teaching and Learning, Sport Pedagogy

Additional Specifications

  • One Independent Study (EDUST-395) can be applied to the minimum minor requirements but cannot be substituted for one of the designated courses in education or educational studies.

Course Offerings

EDUST-203 Teaching Children Science: College Students in the Elementary Classroom

Fall. Credits: 4

This course is designed for science students with interests in teaching and learning with children. It will focus on research, theory and practice pertinent to science education, linking scientific information gained in college classes to children's learning of scientific phenomena. Weekly class meetings (from 1-3 hours) will include laboratory and off-site field investigations. Each student will also become a 'Science Buddy' at a local elementary school, assisting children with hands-on science experiences for at least 1 hour each week.

Crosslisted as: BIOL-203
Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
Other Attribute(s): Community-Based Learning
R. Fink
Instructor permission required.
Prereq: One year of any college science (in any discipline), at least one lab course.

EDUST-221 Self-Awareness in Education

Fall. Credits: 4

Educators bring our whole selves when entering educational spaces. With us, we bring lived experiences and social identities as well as expectations, ideals, and emotional reactions to oppression (Adams et al., 2007). Whether implementing a curriculum or policy, this course will assist future educators and policy makers in exploring social identities within their intended roles in education. Frameworks and theories around oppression and liberation will be used for reflection and action related to racism, classism, gender, and adultism.

Applies to requirement(s): Social Sciences
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
J. Daigle-Matos
Notes: Weekly reflections and a final project required.

EDUST-250 Special Topics in Educational Studies

EDUST-250LT Special Topics in Educational Studies: 'Learning, Teaching, and Collaboration in the Digital Age'

Spring. Credits: 4

This course focuses on the ways digital technologies are used to enhance learning, teaching, collaborating, and creating in educational settings and personal spaces. Students will have the opportunity to assess the effectiveness of a range of digital media designed to enhance learning, gain a foundation for empirical study of young people and their learning in school, build digital toolkits for self learning and/or teaching, and utilize their creativity to engage in a project that has meaning for them. Among the topics we will address include digital literacies, transformative learning, game-based learning, professional learning networks, and differentiating instruction with social media.

Applies to requirement(s): Social Sciences
S. Frenette, S. Lawrence

EDUST-250SP Special Topics in Educational Studies: 'Scholarly Pathways: Research, College Achievement and Post-Baccalaureate Futures'

Fall. Credits: 4

This course demystifies college by focusing on three areas: 1) benefits of undergraduate research, 2) how to capitalize on the college experience, and 3) how to prepare for post-baccalaureate opportunities. Specifically, this course will teach students the elements of a research proposal by guiding them with original research. Moreover, students will learn strategies to thrive as undergraduates by exploring interests as means to finding their passion. In addition, this course will decipher the graduate/professional school application process. The overall goal of this course is to encourage and empower students to take their education and pre-professional experience into their own hands and equip them with the necessary tools to be successful.

Crosslisted as: LATST-250SP
Applies to requirement(s): Social Sciences; Multicultural Perspectives
Other Attribute(s): Community-Based Learning
A. Soltero-López

EDUST-250YE Special Topics in Educational Studies: 'The Undocumented Latina/o Youth Experience: Struggles, Resiliency, and Futures'

Fall. Credits: 4

This course provides an overview of the immigrant rights movement, emphasizing diverse undocumented Latina/o students throughout the K-20 pipeline. Readings and discussions will: address the socio-political construction of "illegality"; critically examine the creation and implementation of pro- and anti-immigrant legislation, particularly policies that impact undocumented students; survey the challenges and resiliency of the undocumented youth movement as it pertains to education, social mobility, and health; and deconstruct the legislative, political, economic, and cultural factors that impact the undocumented community in the U.S.

Crosslisted as: CST-249YE, LATST-250YE
Applies to requirement(s): Social Sciences; Multicultural Perspectives
A. Soltero López

EDUST-290 Capstone in Educational Studies

Fall and Spring. Credits: 2

This two-credit independent study course, which is the culminating experience of the educational studies minor, requires analysis and synthesis of key ideas that emerged during focused study in the minor. Students will work with a faculty advisor of the Educational Studies Program Committee as they plan, write, and present a capstone paper.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
D. Allen, J. Jacoby, S. Lawrence
Instructor permission required.
Prereq: EDUC-205, EDUC-220 or EDUST-215 and permission of instructor.

EDUST-295 Independent Study

Fall and Spring. Credits: 1 - 4

The department
Instructor permission required.

EDUST-321 GLBT Issues in Schools

Fall. Credits: 4

This course will examine heterosexism and transgender oppression in K-12 schools in the U.S. Additionally, this course will focus on how teachers and administrators can work to create transformative and liberatory spaces for GLBT youth in education. Students will be introduced to topics such as nontraditional family structures, bullying, bystander intervention, youth development and adultism.

Crosslisted as: GNDST-333SC
Applies to requirement(s): Social Sciences
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
J. Daigle-Matos
Advisory: Education 205 strongly recommended.
Notes: Essays and a final project are required.

EDUST-339 Seminar in Educational Studies

EDUST-339EP Seminar in Educational Studies: 'Educational Policy'

Spring. Credits: 4

In this course, students will explore educational policy including why policy-making and policies matter, what makes compelling evidence to various stakeholders, ways to identify levers for change, and the negotiation processes. We will consider local, state, federal policy, and international comparative cases. Students will analyze the ways in which policy, practice, and theory intersect or diverge, and why. Beyond course materials, students will choose a topic, draft and revise a written policy brief, as well as practice pitching policy through spoken word.

Applies to requirement(s): Social Sciences
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
B. Packard
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Advisory: One 200-level course in Educational Studies or relevant area recommended.

EDUST-351 Topics in Education

EDUST-351RT Topics in Education: 'Critical Race Theory in Education'

Spring. Credits: 4

Course focuses on Critical Race Theory, its history and application in the field of Education. Through course readings and assignments, students will explore and discuss key issues such as race/racism, class/classism, gender/sexism among other "isms" and how they impact the teaching and learning experiences of students of color. This course is specifically designed to challenge students and make them think critically about their multiple identities, privileges and challenges as students and future leaders. The goal is gain a critical understanding of the connection between theory, research, and practice in order to better understand educational structures, processes, and discourses.

Crosslisted as: LATST-350RT, CST-349RT
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Multicultural Perspectives
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
A. Soltero-López
Notes: Students interested in careers within Education are highly encouraged to enroll.

EDUST-395 Independent Study

Fall and Spring. Credits: 1 - 8

The department
Instructor permission required.