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Educational Studies Concentration (EDUCc)

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

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/PSYC 232 Cognitive Processes

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 (Not offered in 2014-2015)

CGSC 386 Adolescent Cognitive Development: Developing an Identity and Life Plans (Not offered in 2014-2015)

EDUC 344 Teenage Wasteland: Adolescence and the American High School (Not offered in 2014-2015)

PSYC 210 Psychology of Learning (Not offered in 2014-2015)

PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology (Not offered in 2014-2015)

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

EDUC 340 Race, Immigration and Urban Schools (Not offered in 2014-2015)

HIST 125 African American History I (Not offered in 2014-2015)

HIST 126 African American History II

POSC 122 Politics in America: Liberty and Equality

POSC 306 How Race Matters in American Politics* (Not offered in 2014-2015)

PSYC 384 Psychology of Prejudice

RELG 140 Religion and American Culture

SOAN 220 Class, Power and Inequality in America (Not offered in 2014-2015)

SOAN 272 Race and Ethnicity in the United States

Cluster III Public Policy and Educational Reform

ECON 270 Economics of the Public Sector

EDUC 225 Issues in Urban Education

EDUC 245 History of American School Reform

EDUC 250 Fixing Schools, Politics and Policy in American Education

EDUC 353 Schooling and Opportunity in American Society

POSC 218 Schools, Scholarship and Policy in the United States

Senior Seminar: EDUC 395 Senior Seminar