The interdisciplinary major in Educational Studies integrates 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. While at Trinity, our students:

  • 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 works in the capstone Educ 400: Senior Research Seminar

At Trinity, 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. Although the interdisciplinary major is not a teacher certification program, we also advise students from across the college on pathways to teaching.

Overall, the Educational Studies major 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.