Educational Studies Minor Courses

Bilingual Education in the Public Schools -- TESOL 4720/5720 (3 hrs)

Historical development of bilingual education and current approaches to meeting the needs of limited English proficient students; special emphasis on the principles of content-based second language instruction and the role of language attitudes in policy making. Prerequisite(s): junior standing; permission of Instructor (Spring)


Current Approaches to Multicultural Education -- EDPSYCH 4188/5188 (3 hrs)

Comparison of alternative models of multicultural education and study of their application in school settings. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall)


Dynamics of Human Development -- EDPSYCH 2030 (3 hrs)

Students in this course will examine the social contexts of human development (0-18 years of age) and the theoretical and historical perspectives that inform our understanding of development. In particular cross-cultural lenses will be used to uncover the cultural nature of development. Implications of these perspectives for supporting the development of individuals across multiple domains (e.g., physical, cognitive, psychosocial) will be discussed. Examination of diverse viewpoints, theories, and methods of inquiry provide an avenue for students to develop skills in critical thinking and analysis and communicate their findings both orally and in writing. (Fall, Spring, Summer)


Exploring the Student Affairs Profession -- POSTSEC 3000 (3 hrs)

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of student affairs practice in higher education. This course will introduce undergraduate students to the field of student affairs in the context of higher education. The complex and diverse roles and functions served by student affairs professionals in American higher education are included in this course. Student affairs professionals are educators concerned with the intellectual, social, psychological, spiritual, aesthetic and physical development of the wide range of types of students in postsecondary education. They work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff and administration to foster student learning and development. The course will include introductions to: the history of the field, professional associations, institutional differences, professional and ethical standards, functional areas in higher education, student learning and developmental theory, overview of graduate preparation and current topics. The course is informed by identified values of the student affairs profession, as identified by Reason and Broido: altruism, equality, justice, human dignity, aesthetics, freedom, truth and community. (Fall and Spring)


History of Education -- SOCFOUND 4134/5134 (3 hrs)

Education as a formal institution; emphasis on the historical antecedents which have affected education in Western Culture and America. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)


Interdisciplinary Study of Disability – SPED4180/5180 (3hrs) 

This course examines the meaning and significance of disability in society and culture through an interdisciplinary framework. Students address intriguing and important questions regarding disability as it pertains to: civil/human rights, bioethics, law and criminal justice, economics, education, and the role of disability in American/world history, the arts, film, literature, anthropology, and philosophy. (Fall, Spring) 


Mental Health and Well-Being in the Classroom -- EDPSYCH 4118/5118 (3 hrs)

Basic principles of mental health as they apply to the entirety of the educative enterprise. Focus on causative factors relating to the mental health of teachers and students, and ways of arranging classroom environments which maximize learning and minimize threat and self-evaluation. Prerequisite(s): EDPSYCH 2030 (200:030) or equivalent; junior standing. (Spring)


Philosophy of Education -- SOCFOUND 4234/5234 (3 hrs)

Analytical study of major philosophical viewpoints of modern education, emphasis on professional problems of education and the development of educational principles. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Spring)


Political and Ethical Issues in Education -- EDLEAD 4319 (3 hrs)

Students will become familiar with issues of power, politics and ethics in education systems. The course will examine ways in which individuals in leadership positions use power and political skills to influence the effectiveness of educational systems and the ethical challenges that arise from such efforts. Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor. (Variable)


 Risk and Resilience: Child, Family, School and Community Factors -- EDPSYCH 4232/5232 (3 hrs)

Examination of children's cognitive and psychosocial development within family, school and community contexts, socio-historical factors which impact children, families, schools and communities, and implications for elementary school curricula and pedagogy. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Summer)


Schools and American Society -- SOCFOUND 3119 (3 hrs)

Relationship of schools and American society from sociological, historical, philosophical, political, and economic perspectives. Focus on central characteristics of the educational system and influence of these on teachers as professionals and teaching as a profession. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall, Spring, Summer)


Social Inequality -- SOC 3045/5045 (3 hr)

The nature, origins, and reproduction of social inequalities. Examines the distribution of resources across groups and the processes that create it. Covers class, race, gender, and sexuality, and their relationship to each other. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); junior standing. (Spring)


Social Psychology in Educational Contexts -- EDPSYCH 4140/5140 (3 hrs)

Students in this course learn to apply social psychological perspectives when interpreting educational situations and events. Through reading and discussion students map the influence of self-definition, motivation, relationships, and familial, school, and neighborhood contexts to educational outcomes. Students evaluate interventions based on social psychological principles and consider their role in educational and social transformation. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)


Theatre in Education -- CAP 3106 (3 hrs)

Application of theatre performance and improvisation techniques to the teaching of a specific curricular topic intended for young audiences. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. Same as THEATRE 3100  (Variable)


The Idea of University -- CAP 3190 (3 hrs)

An examination of the role of the university in American society with a focus on: (1) what it has been, (2) how it has evolved, and (3) what its key purposes are and should be. Topics may include a brief historical overview, an examination of current models of institutions of higher education, discussion and evaluation of key problems facing higher education, and an exploration of future trends and proposed "innovations" in higher education. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)


Topics in Public Policy: US Education Policy -- POL AMER 4176/5176 (3 hrs)

Explores the latest developments in the field of public policy research. Ongoing policy issues may be used as examples to illustrate theoretical developments or to introduce applications of course material. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)