Major Requirements

Download the Ed Studies major declaration worksheet to understand our requirements and start designing your major proposal. Schedule a meeting with the Director of the Ed Studies Program, Professor Jack Dougherty, to review your plans and learn more about your options, including double-majors and study-away semesters.

  • 5 courses in the Core
    • Educ 200: Analyzing Schools (offered every semester)
    • Educ 300: Ed Reform Past & Present (every spring)
    • any Research Methods course offered by other departments/programs
    • any Research Project seminar, where teams of students learn to conduct primary-source educational research with qualitative, quantitative, and/or historical methods
    • Educ 400: Senior Research Seminar (every fall), where students design and conduct their own primary-source research project, and publicly present their findings
  • 4 courses in a Student-designed Concentration
    Design a thematic concentration from the list of Ed Studies and cross-referenced courses, or other relevant courses at Trinity or elsewhere, selected in consultation with the Director. At least 3 of the concentration courses must be at the 300-level or above. Give your concentration a title and write a paragraph that explains how these courses fit together. Since students do not know exactly which courses will be offered more than a year in advance, insert estimated semesters or “TBA” as needed. Students may update their proposal with their advisor each semester as they move closer to graduation.
  • 3 additional Electives
    Drawn from the list of Ed Studies and cross-referenced courses, or other relevant courses at Trinity or elsewhere, selected in consultation with the Director. These electives may be at any level, and are not necessarily linked to the student’s concentration.

Overall, the Educational Studies major adds up to 12 credits. At least 3 departments or programs (i.e., Educational Studies and 2 others) must be represented in the total number of credits. No more than 6 courses may be drawn from any one department or program outside of educational studies. If the research project is to be double-counted toward the concentration, then the student must designate a 4th course to be counted toward the other electives section to maintain a total of 12 courses toward the major. Only courses in which the student earns a grade of at least C- may be counted toward the major.

After Director approves your major proposal, a printed copy will be attached to your major declaration form for you to submit to the Registrar, and a digital copy will be kept by you and the Ed Studies Faculty to update at future advising meetings as new course schedules become available.

Overall, at least three departments or programs (i.e., educational studies and two others) must be represented in the total number of credits. No more than six courses may be drawn from any one department or program outside of educational studies. If the research project is to be double-counted toward the concentration, then the student must designate a fourth course to be counted toward the other electives section to maintain a total of 12 courses toward the major. Only courses in which the student earns a grade of at least C- may be counted toward the major.

Additional opportunities:

Study away: Students are encouraged to study abroad and have a variety of options for transferring credit to the Educational Studies major. Past majors have successfully transferred courses from Trinity-in-Buenos Aires, Trinity-in-Capetown, Trinity-in-Rome, Trinity-in-Trinidad, and DIS (The Danish Institute for Study Abroad). Education-related internships are available at Trinity-in- Capetown and Trinity-in-Buenos Aires.

Teacher preparation: Students who desire to teach should consult with educational studies faculty about the various routes available to them, including the consortial teacher preparation program at University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, as well as alternate route certification programs, graduate school programs, and independent school teaching opportunities. For more information, see the Pathways to Teaching section.

Double major: Students considering a double major (such as psychology and educational studies, or sociology and educational studies) are encouraged to plan their schedules early in consultation with their advisers. Selected courses for an educational studies major may also be applied toward fulfillment of the student’s other major, if listed or approved by both departments or programs.

Honors: Students must complete a senior research project with a grade A- or better, and earn a GPA of at least 3.50 in core courses in the major.