Educational Studies Major

The Education Program offers a major in the field of Educational Studies with two different concentrations, Human Development and Schools, Society, and Culture.  The Educational Studies major encourages a broad liberal arts exploration of educational theory, research, and practice, informed by a commitment to social justice.

Requirements for the Major in Educational Studies with a concentration in Human Development

Human Development concentrators focus on the ways in which children, adolescents and young adults experience education in all of its forms, how their identity and self-understanding develops, and how their lives are shaped by psychological, social, and cultural processes at work in a diversity of contexts, institutions, and organizations (including schools, families, peer groups, and communities).

Ten courses are required for the major Educational Studies with a concentration in Human Development.  These include three core courses in Education, four electives in Education, and three approved courses from other departments or programs (see list of approved courses).  Core courses include: ED 215, a practicum (ED 351 or ED 355), and ED 431 or 493.  Electives in Education must include at least two 300- or 400-level courses.  Approved courses from other departments and programs cannot be 100-level courses; they can all be chosen from one department or program, or they can be chosen from different departments and programs; and they can overlap with course requirements for another major or minor.

EDUCATIONAL STUDIES
Human Development Concentration

CORE COURSES  (3 required)

  • ED 215: Children and Adolescents-Cases and Concepts
  • Practicum (ED 351 or ED 355) or Internship
  • ED 431: Senior Seminar in Curriculum and Methods or ED 493: Senior Seminar in Education

ELECTIVES (4 required; must include at least two 300-level courses)

  • ED 135: Multicultural Literacy
  • ED 221: Creating Media for Social Change
  • ED 231: Teaching for Social Justice
  • ED 242: History and Philosophy of Progressive Education
  • WG/ED 317: Boys to Men
  • WG/ED 335: Girls, Activism, and Popular Culture
  • ED 374: Teaching Students with Special Needs in Regular Classrooms

APPROVED COURSES FROM OTHER DEPARTMENTS (3 required)

Anthropology

  • 231 Caribbean Cultures
  • 246 Engaging Muslim Worlds
  • 258 Anthropology, History, Memory
  • 341 Culture, Mobility, Identity: Encounters in the African Diaspora
  • 363 Secrecy and Power
  • 373 The Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality

Psychology

  • 232 Cognitive Psychology
  • 251 Personality Psychology
  • 253 Social Psychology
  • 259 Lifespan Development

Sociology

  • 213 Schools and Society
  • 237 Sociology of Sexualities
  • 252 Race, Ethnicity, and Society
  • 273 Sociology of Families
  • 276 Sociology of Gender
  • 322 Social Class and Schooling
  • 361 Special Topics in Health and Medicine: Substance Use and Abuse

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • 201 Introduction to Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • 232 Queer Identities and Politics

Requirements for the Major in Educational Studies with a concentration in Schools, Society, and Culture

Schools, Society, and Culture concentrators focus on the relationship between educational practices and a variety of institutional structures and systems, and cultural norms, values, and ideologies, that shape the way schools and other educational organizations function.

Ten courses are required for the major Educational Studies with a concentration in Schools, Society, and Culture.  These include three core courses in Education, four electives in Education, and three approved courses from other departments or programs (see list of approved courses).  Core courses include: ED 213, a practicum (ED 351 or ED 355), and ED 431 or 493.  Electives in Education must include at least two 300- or 400-level courses.  Approved courses from other departments and programs cannot be 100-level courses; they can all be chosen from one department or program, or they can be chosen from different departments and programs; and they can overlap with course requirements for another major or minor.

EDUCATIONAL STUDIES
Schools, Society, and Culture Concentration

CORE COURSES (3 required)

  • ED 213: Schools and Society
  • Practicum (ED 351 or ED 355) or Internship
  • ED 431: Senior Seminar in Curriculum and Methods or ED 493: Senior Seminar in Education

ELECTIVES (4 required; must include at least two 300–level courses)

  • ED 135: Multicultural Literacy
  • ED 221: Creating Media for Social Change
  • ED 231: Teaching for Social Justice
  • ED 242: History and Philosophy of Progressive Education
  • ED 322: Social Class and Schooling
  • ED 398: Elite Schooling in a Global Context
  • ED 374: Teaching Students with Special Needs

APPROVED COURSES FROM OTHER DEPARTMENTS (3 required)

Anthropology

  • 236 Illegal Drugs, Law, and the State
  • 242 Anthropology of Latin America: City Life
  • 256 Land, Food, Culture, and Power
  • 341 Culture, Mobility, Identity: Encounters in the African Diaspora
  • 361 Militaries. Militarization, and War
  • 437 Media, Culture, and the Political Imagination

Government

  • 210 Interest Group Politics
  • 212 US Congress
  • 317 The Policymaking Process

History

  • 231 American Women’s History to 1870
  • 232 American Women’s History 1870 to the Present
  • 233 Native Americans to 1850
  • 234 Native Americans since 1850
  • 241 History of Colby College
  • 247 African-American History, from Slavery to Freedom

Sociology

  • 231 Contemporary Social Problems
  • 252 Race, Ethnicity, and Society
  • 259 Activism and Social Movements
  • 261 Sociology of Organizations
  • 274 Social Inequality and Power
  • 357 Civil Rights, Black Power, and Social Change

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • 201 Introduction to Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • 232 Queer Identities and Politics
  • 317 Boys to Men
  • 335 Girls, Activism, and Popular Culture

Honors in Educational Studies

Students majoring in Educational Studies may apply to participate in the honors program by submitting a formal statement of their intention to the program faculty by April 15 of their junior year.  The written proposal must include a description of the proposed work, a timeline, and the agreement of a faculty sponsor and a secondary faculty reader.  A 3.25 overall average and a 3.50 major average at the end of the junior year is a condition for entry into the program.  The program involves independent research conducted in Education and cognate fields, and enrollment in ED 483, 484.  Honors is typically taken for six to eight credits over two semesters; honors course credits do not count toward elective credits in the major.  A 3.50 major average at the end of the senior year and a public oral presentation of the project are conditions for successful completion of this program.  The final project will typically consist of a thesis of 50-70 pages of superior quality.

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