The minor in education studies introduces students to the study of education as an academic discipline within the liberal arts. As an alternative to teacher certification (or a bridge to post-graduate certification), the minor supports academic and career interests in literacy; special education or school psychology; education policy; educational anthropology, sociology or psychology; philosophy of education; and practical applications in a variety of settings, including arts organizations, museums, and other cultural institutions.

Students pursuing the minor engage in focused inquiry into the philosophical, cultural, and social 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.

Required for the minor in education studies

  1. Three foundational courses:
    1. EDST 180: Psychology of Learning
    2. EDST 315: Philosophy of Children
    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.

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.