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Educational Studies Concentration (EDUCc)

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

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 380 Seminar in Developmental Psychology: Cognitive Development During the Preschool Years (not offered in 2011-2012)

CGSC 385 Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood

CGSC 386 Adolescent Cognitive Development: Developing an Identity and Life Plan (not offered in 2011-2012)

EDUC 344 Teenage Wasteland: Adolescence and the American High School

PSYC 210 Psychology of Learning

PSYC 236 Thinking, Reasoning, and Decision-Making

PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology

PSYC 258 Social Cognition

PSYC 366 Cognitive Neuroscience (not offered in 2011-2012)

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 (not offered in 2011-2012)

EDUC 340 Race, Immigration and Urban Schools

ENGL 227 Borderlands: Places and People (not offered in 2011-2012)

HIST 125 African American History I (not offered in 2011-2012)

HIST 126 African American History II (not offered in 2011-2012)

HIST 228 American Indian History (not offered in 2011-2012)

POSC 122 Politics in America: Liberty and Equality

POSC 207 Urban Politics in a Global Era (not offered in 2011-2012)

POSC 275 Identity Politics in America: Ethnicity, Gender, Religion

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 (not offered in 2011-2012)

SOAN 272 Ethnicity and Race (not offered in 2011-2012)

Cluster III Public Policy and Educational Reform

ECON 245 Economics of Inequality (not offered in 2011-2012)

ECON 270 Economics of the Public Sector (not offered in 2011-2012)

EDUC 225 Issues in Urban Education (not offered in 2011-2012)

EDUC 245 History of American School Reform (not offered in 2011-2012)

EDUC 353 Schooling and Opportunity in American Society (not offered in 2011-2012)

POSC 218 Schools, Scholarship and Policy in the U.S.

POSC 219 Protest, Power and Grassroots Organizing: American Social Movements

POSC 308 Poverty and Public Policy* (not offered in 2011-2012)

SOAN 215 Social Welfare

Senior Seminar: EDUC 395 Senior Seminar