Education Studies - Bachelor of Science in Education Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Education Studies will engage students in the study of social, philosophical, ethical and cultural contexts of education by providing them with holistic, multicultural and international frameworks of research and knowledge with which to understand schooling, youth and families.  Students in the Education Studies major will develop the abilities to analyze complex social issues related to education, conduct community research, and become engaged in addressing community challenges and policy-making related to schools, youth, families, health, wellness and justice issues.  Students must select one of three concentrations:  1). Creativity, Innovation & Learning; 2). Equity & Educational Change; and 3). Education and Social Entrepreneurship.

Program Requirements 

Core Courses
EDL 203Introduction to Critical Youth Studies3
EDL 204Sociocultural Studies in Education3
EDL 224Introduction to Education Policy3
EDL 312Foundations of Education in Global Contexts3
EDL 382Community-Based Research & Learning in Education3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Community-Based Leadership
Teacher Leadership and School Organization (or)
Leadership Ethics in Community Contexts
Select one of five concentrations (below)
Total Credit Hours36

Concentrations (18 credit hours)

Creativity, Innovation & Learning

Required Courses
CCA 111Innovation, Creativity and Design Thinking3
EDP 201Human Development and Learning in Social and Educational Contexts3
TCE 311Educational Strategies for Non-Majors3
Concentration Electives
Select nine hours of the following:9
Global Design
Introduction to Landscape and Urban Design
Visual Fundamentals: Design and Composition
Introduction to Art Therapy
Introduction to Art Education
Introduction to Arts Management
CCA 222
CCA 232
Creativity and Innovation in STEM Education
Writing for Educators
Ways of Thinking in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education
Applied Digital Humanities
Introduction to Game Design
Games and Learning
Multicultural Perspectives in Music
And the Beat Goes On. . . The History of Rock and Roll
Introduction to Theatre: Drama and Analysis
Acting for the Non-Major: Text and Performance
Topics in Intercultural Perspectives and Global Theatre and Performance
Topics in Applied Theatre, Practice, and Pedagogy
Total Credit Hours18

Equity & Educational Change

Foundation Electives
Select nine hours of the following:9
Introduction to Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
Social Justice Perspectives
Race, Cultural Diversity, and Equity in Education
Family School and Community Connections
Introduction to Disability Studies
Introduction to Women's Studies
Introduction to GLBT Studies
Community Electives9
Option A - Select nine hours of the following:
Service in Urban Communities
Social/Political Activism
Engaging Minoritized Children & Youth
Sexuality, Youth, Education
(Dis)Ability Allies: To be or not to be? Developing Identity and Pride from Practice
Youth, Media & Pop Culture
Transnational Youth Cultures
Leadership Ethics in Community Contexts
Option B - Select nine hours of the following:
The American City Since 1940
EMPOWER I: Educational and Economic Justice and Service-Learning
EMPOWER II: The Intersections of Race, Class, and Education
Total Credit Hours18

Education and Social Entrepreneurship

Required courses (15 hours)
ESP 201Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Business Models3
ESP 252Entrepreneurial Mindset: Creativity and Organization3
ESP 331Social Entrepreneurship3
EDL 351Leadership Ethics in Community Contexts3
ESP 401Entrepreneurship: New Ventures3
or ESP 461 Entrepreneurial Consulting
Experiential electives (3 hours)3
Entrepreneurial Immersion: From Idea to Opportunity
Service in Urban Communities
Total Credit Hours18

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