The interdisciplinary major in Educational Studies is designed for students who desire a liberal arts education blended with real-world experience and research methods, whether they aspire to become educators, activists, policymakers, or simply in their role as more informed citizens. Our faculty integrate the theory, policy, and practice of schooling, as well as its broader relationship with society, through collaborative learning with classrooms and communities in the city of Hartford. Our student majors develop their skills and knowledge from our introductory course to doing independent senior thesis research:
- Examine learning & inequality in K-12 classrooms in Ed 200: Analyzing Schools
- Explore movements for change in mid-level Ed 300: Ed Reform Past and Present
- Develop research skills using qualitative, quantitative, and/or historical methods
- Deepen their knowledge with advanced courses in their areas of concentration
- Produce independent thesis works in the capstone Educ 400: Senior Research Seminar
Educational Studies unifies our understanding of educational institutions, learning processes, youth development, and the potential for change. In addition to core courses and electives taught by Educational Studies faculty, our majors benefit from a wide array of cross-referenced courses offered by other departments and programs, including American Studies, anthropology, international studies, political science, psychology, public policy, sociology, theater and dance, and others. Listen to alumni interviews to hear how graduates reflect on their liberal arts learning in the Educational Studies Program. Although the interdisciplinary major is not a teacher certification program, we also advise students from across the college on pathways to teaching and youth work.