Education Studies is a multidisciplinary concentration that explores the role of education as both a foundational institution in society and a key influence on human development. We offer students a unique opportunity to do engaged scholarship by applying theory to real-world questions about education policy, practice, and the learning process. From introductory courses to advanced seminars, our classes examine how education can promote or limit equity, opportunity, and social justice. Our faculty members work closely with students to study education using analytical approaches and theoretical frameworks drawn from anthropology, economics, history, human development, political science, sociology, social work, and teaching and learning.
The Education concentration provides students with a strong liberal arts foundation for graduate studies and prepares students to be change agents in the broad-based education sector and beyond. Concentrators go on to a wide range of careers including advocacy, counseling, education technology, law, politics & policy, research, and teaching as well as leadership in schools, districts, and state departments of education. Students interested in earning a license to teach in public schools are encouraged to pursue the Brown 5th-year Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program where they will receive world-class training to be culturally-responsive educators in urban education settings.