The minor in education studies introduces students to the study of education as an academic area within the liberal arts. Students inquire into the foundations of education, the historical and present-day relationship between school and society, the part formal education plays in human development, and/or contemporary issues of education policy and practice.

The minor prepares students for further study or work in a variety of education-related fields, including education philosophy or policy, literacy, educational psychology, or applied work in arts organizations, museums, and other cultural institutions. The minor can also be a bridge to post-graduate certification in special education, school psychology, or related fields.

Required for the minor in education studies

  1. Three foundational courses:
    1. EDST 180: Psychology of Learning
    2. Either EDST 315: Philosophy of Children or EDST 270: Why Read Children's Books?
    3. EDST 350: Ethnicity, Cultural Diversity, and Education
  2. Three elective courses in education studies (EDST), child development (PSYC 260/265), and/or adolescent development (PSYC 460), with at least one at the 400 level or above. See course descriptions for options.

A course from a department other than education or psychology that deals with the study of education, children, or adolescents may count as one of the electives with prior approval from the education department chair.