Education Studies minors will acquire a multi-faceted, critical perspective on education in a variety of time periods and settings, including urban ones, and on policy issues and methods of educational research. They will be ready to continue learning through further study, discussion, and reflection.
Students in Education Studies may wish to examine the origins of education and child welfare practices, the role of schools in society and communities, school reform, questions of educational theory or research, and the relation of education to social problems more generally. Students may structure the minor to include one or two courses in other fields, including American Studies or the economics, history, politics, sociology, or psychology of education.
Students interested in urban education should take courses in education policy, school improvement, or history of education, all of which deal to some extent with urban issues; the urban education seminar; and, if possible, courses on diversity and English as a Second Language. Courses on child literacy and teaching mathematics may also be helpful for students considering going into urban education. Students interested in education policy should take some of these same courses and may want to take courses in the economics and political science departments and Quantitative Reasoning Program, which deal with policy more broadly. For both urban education and education policy, fieldwork in a school or tutoring program is highly recommended.