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. See specific courses in the “How to Declare a Major” section of the Educational Studies Program website at

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)
  • A research project course selected in consultation with the director, 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 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 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 and other Educational Studies faculty, then revise and submit their final essay. This seminar is open to senior educational studies majors only.

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. A complete list of EDUC and cross-referenced courses that are eligible for the concentration is available on the program website.

Other electives: Three other electives, either in educational studies or approved cross-referenced courses, but not necessarily linked to the student's concentration. See the complete list noted above.

Overall, 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. 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. Only courses in which the student earns a grade of at least C- may be counted toward the major.

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 website.

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.

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.