Department of Education

Education Studies Concentration

Undergraduate concentrators study education in a rigorous, multi-dimensional way that allows them to investigate thorny questions of opportunity and equity in real-world settings.

Our concentrators’ interests and journeys are as wide-ranging as the field itself. Concentrators go on to become teachers, policymakers, researchers, school counselors, lawyers, school administrators, and entrepreneurs, among other things. 

2021-2022 AY Courses

The Education Studies concentration consists of at least 10 courses with the following four elements. No more than 3 classes of the 10 total may be from outside the Education Department.

1. Three Core Courses 

  • EDUC 300 – Introduction to Education and Society: Foundations of Opportunity and Inequality
  • EDUC 750 – Evidence and Methods in Education Research 
  • EDUC 1900 – Senior Seminar 

2. A four-course student selected Specialization

Students will define a coherent plan of study that enables them to develop a self-defined specialization of 4 courses within the field, such as:

  • Education Policy Analysis
  • Child Development
  • Education and Inequality
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Immigrant Youth
  • Education for Social Justice
  • Or any related topic of interest.

Students will define this pathway at the time of declaration. The advisor will approve the specialization. Students may refine their specialization over time, in conversation with their advisor and subject to their advisor’s approval. Classes may be a combination of courses within and outside the Education Department.

3. Three electives

Students will take three additional elective classes related to the field of education and their plan of study. Classes may be a combination of courses within and outside the Education Department.

4. An experiential requirement

Tying classroom learning to real-world experience helps students make meaning of their academic coursework and offers academic rigor to practice-based engagement with the field. Students will satisfy this requirement by engaging in a practice-based experience, reflecting on their experience, and connecting it to their academic learning in the concentration. Find more information on the experiential component here

If you have any further questions about the concentration, please email the Education Department

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