Educational Studies Concentration (EDUC)
Director: Professor Deborah Appleman

The Educational Studies Concentration provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of education as an individual pursuit, an institutional venture, and a societal imperative. The concentration aims to develop thoughtful, skillful and imaginative students of the psychology, social and cultural history, and politics of education. Students will pursue the study of education as a liberal art, one that both reveals the constraints of socialization and informs alternative visions of self and community. The concentration is appropriate for students of all majors interested in the stewardship of education as a cornerstone of democracy.

Requirements for the Concentration
All students will be required to take a minimum of seven courses: three core courses, three supporting courses and a senior seminar. Students interested in the concentration are advised to begin their study during their sophomore year.

Core Courses

EDUC 110 Introduction to Educational Studies (sophomore priority)
EDUC 234 Educational Psychology
EDUC 238 Multicultural Education

Supporting Courses: Select one course from each of the three clusters; these courses must be from three different departments. The list below is not an exhaustive one. Please check the appropriate department pages for course descriptions and prerequisites and when courses are offered.  We can neither control nor predict when courses from other departments are offered. If you have difficulty enrolling in a course for a particular cluster, please see the concentration coordinator to discuss other courses that might fulfill the requirement.

Cluster I Learning, Cognition and Development

CGSC 236 Thinking, Reasoning, and Decision-Making
CGSC 380 Seminar in Developmental Psychology: Cognitive Development During the Preschool Years
CGSC 385 Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood
CGSC 386 Adolescent Cognitive Development: Developing an Identity and Life Plan
EDUC 344 Teenage Wasteland: Adolescence and the American High School
PSYC 210 Psychology of Learning
PSYC 232 Cognitive Processes
PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 258 Social Cognition
PSYC 366 Cognitive Neuroscience

Cluster II Social and cultural context of schooling in a diverse society

AMST 115 Introduction to American Studies: The Immigrant Experience
AMST 127 Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Studies
EDUC 340 Race, Immigration and Urban Schools
ENGL 227 Borderlands: Places and people
HIST 220 African American History I
HIST 221 African American History II
HIST 228 American Indian History
POSC 122 Politics in America: liberty and equality
POSC 207 Urban politics in a global era
POSC 224 Migration politics: Asian American and Latino experiences
POSC 275 Identity politics in America
POSC 306 How race matters in American politics
PSYC 384 Psychology of Prejudice
RELG 140 Religion and American Culture
SOAN 220 Class, Power and Inequality in America
SOAN 272 Ethnicity and Race

Cluster III Public policy and educational reform

ECON 245 Economics of inequality
ECON 270 Economics of the public sector
EDUC 225 Issues in Urban Education
EDUC 245 History of American School Reform
EDUC 353 Schooling and Opportunity in American Society
POSC 209 The power of citizenship
POSC 218 Schools, scholarship and policy
POSC 219 Protest, power and grassroots organizing: American social movements
POSC 308 Poverty and Public Policy
SOAN 215 Social Welfare

Senior Seminar EDUC 395 (spring term)