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Education and Society

Education remains one of the biggest public policy challenges in the United States. The Education and Society minor encourages students to examine the institution of education and its role in society, with a focus on policy and politics, gender and ethnicity, and issues surrounding urban education. This minor does not lead to teacher licensure, but rather prepares students to think critically about reform and contribute to solving the many challenges facing education. By exploring the issues surrounding education philosophy and reform, students can prepare to engage in shaping future policy.

Education and Society Minor Requirements

The Education and Society minor seeks to examine the institution of education and its role in society. It is designed specifically for students concerned with the interpretation, evaluation and reform of the American system of public education. The minor encourages students to reflect on questions of central importance in education such as:

  • What is the purpose of education?
  • How has the history of the system of public education in the United States contributed to its present state?
  • Does our current system of education provide equitable opportunities for all?

The Education and Society minor is NOT designed to prepare teachers or other school personnel and does NOT lead to certification.

Education and Society

Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the minor must be no less than 2.00 with no course grade below C (2.0). A maximum of one course may be taken at another institution or through an approved study abroad program, with departmental approval.

6 units, including

EDUC 220 Education in America

Four electives chosen from the following list. At least two of these selections must be courses where community-based learning pedagogy for exploring current conditions and issues in education is a significant component. Courses using such pedagogy are indicated with a *.

EDUC 333 Alternate Approaches to K-12 Education*
EDUC 334 American Educational History
EDUC 335 Education and Globalization
EDUC 337 Education and Public Policy*
EDUC 339 Education of Minority Groups in America*
EDUC 340 Gender and Education*
EDUC 341 Leadership in Education*
EDUC 344 School Law for the Layman
EDUC 345 Urban Education*
EDUC 346 Philosophy of Education
EDUC 347 Improving America's Schools*

EDUC 440 Contemporary Issues in Education