The Educational Studies Minor provides students with knowledge and skills to:

  • Understand and apply multiple and conflicting perspectives on education and schooling;
  • Understand how historical events, social forces, and moral principles related to democratic institutions can inform and direct schooling practice, leadership, and governance;
  • Understand the full significance of diversity in a democratic society and how that bears on curriculum and instruction, school and community leadership, and state and national governance;
  • Analyze critically both historical and current educational policies and practices at national, state, and local levels, and their impacts on teaching, learning, and the assessment of P-16 students.
  • Prepare students who plan to enter graduate school in various education-related fields, such as school psychology, speech pathology, educational policy, education law, etc.
  • Fulfill the needs of students who are interested in the academic study of educational history, sociology, psychology, theory, and policy.

The program prepares you for graduate school in various education related fields, such as school psychology, speech pathology, educational policy, education law, and other fields. The minor can also fulfill your interest in the academic study of educational history, sociology, psychology, theory, and policy.

Courses You Might Take

EDU 400

Dir Field Placement-Education

Instructor
Staff 

Areas of study and experience vary according to the faculty member's educational objectives and preferences. Requires approximately eight hours per week in a formal or nonformal school setting, weekly meetings with faculty member and peers, and production of a digital…

PSY 282

Learning

Instructors
Ramirez, Smith

Overview of major topics in learning: elicitation, classical conditioning, reinforcement, punishment, problem solving, behavioral economics, and verbal behavior. Focus on empirical data, research methodology, and technologies generated from learning research.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought requirement.

Prerequisites
Psychology 101.

EDU 280

Intro to Educational Policy

Instructor
Marsicano

This course is designed to introduce students to current issues in educational policy, and help them develop rigorous policy analysis skills. We will examine the goals, institutions, and actors that shape the American K-12 education system in order…