Education Studies Major

Goals for the Education Studies Major

Requirements for the Education Studies Major

Students are expected to complete nine units of coursework, six of which must be completed at Wellesley College. The major consists of three primary requirements: education core coursework, a capstone experience, and an additional suite of courses taken within the education department. Supplemental documents to assist students in planning a course of study can be found on the education department website.

Students must complete:

Two of the following three education core courses: 

EDUC 214 Reimagining Youth: Exploring the Role of Family, Community, and Society 1.0
EDUC 215 Understanding and Improving Schools 1.0
EDUC 216 Education and Social Policy  1.0

An education studies capstone experience

All education studies majors will be required to take a capstone experience, with guidance on the selection from their major advisor. Education capstone courses have a course number designation in the 330s. Students may choose from the following two options and must declare their intentions by the end of their junior year:

At least three and up to six additional courses from the list of Education Research and Theory courses.

Students are required to take at least three additional Education Research and Theory courses to complete their major. These courses allow students to establish a foundation in the interdisciplinary study of education and develop an integrated understanding of educational policy, research, and practice.

Students may also select up to three Curriculum and Teaching courses (which focus on teaching methods and offer field-based experiences in classrooms) and/or three Education Electives courses.

Education Research and Theory Courses 

AFR 227 / EDUC 227

Black Girlhood Studies


AMST 206 / EDUC 206

Prison Education and Abolitionist Study in the United States


CHEM 302 / EDUC 317

Seminar: Communicating and Teaching Chemistry


ECON 226 / EDUC 226

Economics of Education Policy



First-Year Seminar: Lessons of Childhood: Representations of Difference in Children's Media


EDUC 200

Theory and Practice in Early Childhood Care and Education


EDUC 201

Educating Young Children with Special Needs


EDUC 207 / PEAC 207 / SOC 207

Schools and Society


EDUC 213

Social and Emotional Learning and Development: Theoretically Informed Practice for K-12 Education


EDUC 214

Reimagining Youth: Exploring the Role of Family, Community and Society


EDUC 215 / PEAC 215

Understanding and Improving Schools


EDUC 216

Education and Social Policy


EDUC 217 / WGST 217

Growing Up in a Gendered World


EDUC 308 / SOC 308

Children in Society


EDUC 313

Seminar: Social and Emotional Learning and Development: Theoretically Informed Practice for K-12 Education


EDUC 321 / PEAC 312 / SOC 312 

Seminar: De-centering and Re-centering: Social Theory Across the Globe


EDUC 328

Calderwood Seminar in Public Writing: Social Technologies and Identity Development


EDUC 332

Seminar: Centering Community: Critical Perspectives on Youth Work & Out-of-School Time Programs


EDUC 334

Seminar: Ethnography in Education: Race, Migration, and Borders


EDUC 335

Seminar: Urban Education and Emancipatory Research


EDUC 338

Seminar: Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design in Education


EDUC 339

Seminar: Critical Perspectives, Practice, and Reflection in Teaching and Curriculum


WRIT 114

Education in Philosophical Perspective



Important Considerations to the Education Studies Major:

Beyond the three requirements described above:

 Curriculum and Teaching Courses

EDUC 300

Teaching and Curriculum in Middle School and High School


EDUC 303

Practicum: Curriculum and Supervised Teaching


EDUC 304

Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Education


EDUC 305

Curriculum, Instruction and Special Needs in Elementary Education


EDUC 310

Seminar: Child Literacy and the Teaching of Reading


EDUC 314

Learning and Teaching Mathematics: Content, Cognition, and Pedagogy


EDUC 325

Seminar: Educating English Language Learners


 Education Electives 

AFR 105 Introduction to the Black Experience 1.0
AFR 206 African American History 1500-Present  1.0
AFR 249 From Mumbet to Michelle Obama: Black Women's History 1.0
AMST 121 Ethnic studies: Key Concepts, Theories, and Methods 1.0
AMST 151 Asian American Experience 1.0
AMST 152 Race, Ethnicity, and Politics in America 1.0
AMST 161 Introduction to Latina/o Studies 1.0
AMST 222 / PSYC 222 Asian American Psychology 1.0
AMST 225 / SOC 225 Life in the Big City: Urban Studies and Policy 1.0
AMST 246 / SOC 246 U.S. Immigration 1.0
AMST 251 / SOC 251 Racial Regimes in the United States and Beyond 1.0
AMST 264 Histories of Asian American Labor and Immigration 1.0
AMST 281 / ENG 297 Rainbow Republic: American Queer Culture from Walt Whitman to Lady Gaga 1.0
AMST 290 / PEAC 290 Afro-Latinas/os in the U.S. 1.0
AMST 315 Beats, Rhymes, and Life: Hip-Hop Studies 1.0
ANTH 210 Political Anthropology 1.0
ANTH 231 / PEAC 231 Anthropology In and Of the City 1.0
CAMS 276 Media Publics: An Introduction to Civic Media 1.0
CLSC 216 / PSYC 216 Psychology of Language 1.0
CLSC 316 / PSYC 316 Seminar: Language Acquistion 1.0
CS 232 Artificial Intelligence 1.0
ECON 241 Poverty and Inequality in Latin America 1.0
ECON 326 Seminar: Advanced Economics of Education 1.0
ECON 327 The Economics of Law, Policy and Inequality 1.0
ENGR 305 / PEAC 305 Intersections of Technology, Social Justice, and Conflict 1.0
HIST 203 Out of Many: American History to 1877 1.0
HIST 204 The United States History since 1865 1.0
HIST 253 First Peoples: An Introduction to Native American History 1.0
LING 114 Introduction to Linguistics 1.0
LING 238 Sociolinguistics 1.0
LING 244 Language: Form and Meaning 1.0
LING 248 Introduction to Historical Linguistics 1.0
LING 312 Bilingualism: An Exploration of Language, Mind, and Culture 1.0
LING 338 Seminar: African American English 1.0
PEAC 104 Introduction to the Study of Conflict, Justice, and Peace 1.0
PEAC 206 / POL2 220 Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences 1.0
POL1 328 Seminar: Immigration, Politics, and Policy 1.0
POL1 337 Seminar: Race in American Politics 1.0
POL4 249 Neoliberalism and its Critics 1.0
POL4 311 Seminar: Grassroots Organizing 1.0
POL4 341 Beyond Prisons: Resistance, Reform, Abolition 1.0
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 1.0
PSYC 207 Developmental Psychology 1.0
PSYC 210 Social Psychology 1.0
PSYC 217 Cognition 1.0
PSYC 245 Cultural Psychology 1.0
PSYC 325 Seminar: Adolescent Psychology: Bridging Research and Practice 1.0
PSYC 326 Seminar: Child and Adolescent Psychopathology 1.0
PSYC 333 Clinical and Educational Assessment 1.0
PSYC 337 Seminar: Prejudice and Discrimination 1.0
PSYC 344 Seminar: Social Imagination 1.0
PSYC 345 Seminar: Becoming a Mindreader: The Development of a Theory of Mind 1.0
SOC 205 / WGST 211 Modern Families and Social Inequalities: Private Lives and Public Policies 1.0
SOC 209 Social Inequality: Race, Class and Gender 1.0
SOC 311 / WGST 311 Seminar: Families, Gender, the State, and Social Policies 1.0
WGST 108 The Social Construction of Inequalities: Race, Gender, Class and Sexuality 1.0
WGST 221 Gender, Race, and the Carceral State 1.0
WGST 224 Feminist Ethnography 1.0
WGST 326 Seminar: Crossing the Border(s): Narratives of Transgression 1.0
WRIT 110 WGST 108 The Social Construction of Inequalities: Race, Gender, Class and Sexuality 1.0
MIT EC. 717 D-Lab: Education and Learning 1.0
MIT 11.124 Introduction to Education: Looking Forward and Looking Back on Education 1.0
MIT 11.125 Introduction to Education: Understanding and Evaluating Education 1.0

 Honors in Education Studies

The only route to honors in the major is writing a thesis and passing an oral defense of the thesis. To be admitted to the thesis program, a student must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 in all work in the major field above the 100 level; the department may petition on the student’s behalf if the student’s GPA in the major is between 3.0 and 3.5. See Academic Distinctions.

Advanced Placement Policy in Education Studies

Students may not count AP credits toward the fulfillment of the education studies major, education studies minor, or teaching and learning studies minor.