Major Requirements

Educational Studies Program


Students must earn five credits in the core, four credits in a thematic concentration, and three other electives for a total of 12 credits counted toward the major.

Concentration: A student-designed thematic concentration of four courses, at least three of which must be at the 300 level or above. Previous students have designed concentrations in numerous areas (such as learning, cognition, and development; urban education; gender and schooling; sociology of education; international education). A written proposal, which delineates the links between courses in the concentration and the student's evolving interests, must be planned in consultation with the director and submitted upon declaration of the major.

Eligible courses for the concentration include:

  • Educational studies
    • EDUC 303. Becoming Citizens

    • EDUC 305. Immigrants and Education

    • EDUC 307. Latinos in Education

    • EDUC 308. Cities, Suburbs, and Schools

    • EDUC 309. Race, Class, and Educational Policy

    • EDUC 315. Higher Education in America

    • EDUC 316. Education and Social Change across the Globe

    • EDUC 320. Anthropology and Education

    • EDUC 350. Teaching and Learning

    • EDUC 399. Independent Study
  • Cross-referenced courses
    • AMST 220. The Child in American Culture

    • AMST 357: Race and Urban Space

    • ENGL 318. Literacy and Literature

    • INTS 218: Women Gender and Family in the Middle East

    • INTS 234. Gender and Education

    • INTS 235: Youth Culture in the Muslim World

    • INTS 250. Global Migration (with Hartford lab)
    • INTS 311. Global Feminism

    • PHIL 374. Minds and Brains (with lab)
    • POLS. 326 Women and Politics

    • POLS 353. World Economy of Higher Education

    • POLS 355. Urban Politics

    • PBPL 246. Urban Policy/Politics in America

    • PBPL 303. Policy Implementation Workshop

    • PBPL 323. Legal History of Race Relations

    • PBPL 331. Becoming American: Immigration and Integration Policy

    • PSYC 236. Adolescent Psychology

    • PSYC 240. Parenting, Interpersonal Relations, and Mental Health

    • PSYC 246. Community Psychology

    • PSYC 255. Cognitive Psychology (with optional lab)
    • PSYC 295. Child Development (with optional lab)
    • PSYC 310. Psychology of Gender

    • PSYC 324. Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination

    • PSYC 332. Psychological Assessment (with lab)
    • PSYC 340. Social Cognition

    • PSYC 356. Cognitive Science (with lab)
    • PSYC 391. Psychology of Language

    • PSYC 395. Cognitive and Social Development

    • PSYC 401 and 402. Senior Seminar (if relevant topic)
    • PSYC 415. Development and Culture

    • PSYC 426. Advanced Topics: Cultural Psychology

    • PSYC 454. Cognition in the Real World

    • RHET 302. Writing Theory and Practice

    • SOCL 204. Social Problems in American Society

    • SOCL 214. Race and Ethnicity

    • SOCL 246. Sociology of Gender

    • SOCL 312. Social Class and Mobility

    • SOCL 351. Social, State, and Power

    • THDN 270. Arts in Action: Moving into the Community

    • THDN 332. Education Through Movement

    • THDN 345. Improv Theater and Social Change

    • THDN 348. Arts and Special Populations

  • Any other course, independent study, or thesis relevant to educational studies and approved by the director. If the research project is to be double-counted toward the concentration, then the student must designate a fourth course to be counted toward the other electives section to maintain a total of 12 courses toward the major.

Other electives: Three other electives, either in educational studies or approved cross-referenced courses, but not necessarily linked to the student's concentration. At least three departments or programs (i.e., educational studies and two others) must be represented in the total number of credits. No more than six courses may be drawn from any one department or program outside of educational studies. Only courses in which the student earns a grade of at least C- may be counted toward the major.

Core sequence:

  • EDUC 200. Analyzing Schools (offered each semester)
  • EDUC 300. Education Reform: Past and Present (offered each year, ordinarily taken in the sophomore or junior year)
  • A research methods course selected in consultation with the director, to be completed no later than the junior year (advanced courses may require prerequisites)
    • ANTH 301. Ethnographic Methods and Writing

    • ECON 318. Basic Econometrics

    • ENVS 286. Theory and Application of GIS

    • HIST 300. History Workshop

    • PBPL 220. Research and Evaluation

    • POLS 241L. Empirical Political Methods and Data Analysis

    • POLS 242. Political Science Research Methods

    • PSYC 221L. Research Design and Analysis

    • SOCL 201L. Research Methods in the Social Sciences

    • any other research methods course approved by the director
  • A research project course, where students conduct primary-source research on an educational studies topic using qualitative, quantitative, and historical methods, to be completed no later than the junior year.
    • EDUC 305. Immigrants and Education

    • EDUC 307. Latinos in Education

    • EDUC 308. Cities, Suburbs, and Schools

    • EDUC 309. Race, Class, and Educational Policy

    • EDUC 315. Higher Education in America

    • PSYC 315. Development and Culture

    • any other course or independent study with an educational studies primary source research project approved by the director
  • EDUC 400. Senior Research Seminar. To fulfill the senior exercise requirement, students carry out an independent research project that builds upon acquired skills and evolving interests. The weekly seminar provides a thematic focus as well as a continuous forum for both support and critical feedback from peers, based on our program's stated learning goals. At its conclusion, students present their work to an audience which includes a guest evaluator, then revise and submit a final paper to be shared with the public. This seminar is open to senior educational studies majors only.

Capstone/Senior Project: EDUC 400. The Senior Research Seminar (see above).


Study away: Students are encouraged to study abroad and have a variety of options for transferring credit to the Educational Studies major. Past majors have successfully transferred courses from Trinity-in-Buenos Aires, Trinity-in-Capetown, Trinity-in-Rome, Trinity-in-Trinidad, and DIS (The Danish Institute for Study Abroad). Education-related internships are available at Trinity-in- Capetown and Trinity-in-Buenos Aires.

Teacher preparation: Students who desire to teach should consult with educational studies faculty about the various routes available to them, including the consortial teacher preparation program at University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, as well as alternate route certification programs, graduate school programs, and independent school teaching opportunities. For more information, see the “Pathways to Teaching” section of the educational studies Web site.

Double major: Students considering a double major (such as psychology and educational studies, or sociology and educational studies) are encouraged to plan their schedules early in consultation with their advisers. Selected courses for an educational studies major may also be applied toward fulfillment of the student's other major, if listed or approved by both departments or programs.

Research methods: As part of the core sequence students must complete a research methods course in the discipline of their choice in consultation with the director, no later than the junior year (see core sequence).

Honors: Students must complete a senior research project with a grade A- or better, and earn a GPA of at least 3.50 in core courses in the major.