The Education Program offers a major in the field of Educational Studies.  The Educational Studies major encourages a broad liberal arts exploration of educational theory, research, and practice, informed by a commitment to social justice.  Students may also pursue minors in education, in human development, and in professional certification under the auspices of the program.

Requirements for the Major in Educational Studies
Ten courses are required.  These include four core courses in Education, four electives in Education, and two approved courses from other departments or programs (see list of approved courses).  Core courses include: ED 201, ED 213, ED 215, or ED 247; one practicum or internship, and ED 493. Electives in Education must include at least two 300- or 400-level courses.  Approved courses from other departments and programs cannot be 100-level courses; they can all be chosen from one department or program, or they can be chosen from different departments and programs; and they can overlap with course requirements for another major or minor.


Educational Studies Minor


CORE COURSES (three required)

  • ED 201: Education and Social Justice
  • ED 213: Schools and Society
  • ED 493: Senior Seminar
  • Practicum or Internship (one required)


ELECTIVES (choose three)

  • ED 215: Children & Adolescents
  • ED 242:  History & Philosophy of Progressive Ed
  • ED 245: Dimensions of Educational Equity
  • ED 247: Current Policy Issues in US Education
  • ED 317:  Boys to Men Listed as WGSS 317
  • ED 322:  Social Class and Schooling
  • ED 324: Elite Schooling in a Global Context
  • ED 345: Reform in the Classroom
  • ED 347: Educational Policymaking in Theory and Practice
  • ED 374: Educating All Learners

Human Development Minor


CORE COURSES (four required)

  • ED 201: Education and Social Justice
  • ED 215: Children and Adolescents in Schools and Society
  • ED 493: Senior Seminar in Education
  • Practicum or Internship

ELECTIVES (three required; one must be ED)

  • ED 213: Schools and Society
  • ED 242: History and Philosophy of Progressive Education
  • ED 322: Social Class and Schooling
  • WG/ED 317: Boys to Men
  • ED 324: Elite Schooling in a Global Context
  • ED 374: Educating All Learners in Inclusive Classrooms
  • PS 253: Social Psychology
  • PS 259: Lifespan Development
  • SO 252: Race, Ethnicity, and Society
  • SO 274: Social Inequality and Power



  • 231 Caribbean Cultures
  • 236 Illegal Drugs, Law, and the State
  • 242 Anthropology of Latin America: City Life
  • 246 Engaging Muslim Worlds
  • 256 Land, Food, Culture, and Power
  • 258 Anthropology, History, Memory
  • 341 Culture, Mobility, Identity: Encounters in the African Diaspora
  • 361 Militaries, Militarization, and War
  • 363 Secrecy and Power
  • 373 The Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality
  • 210 Interest Group Politics
  • 231 American Women’s History to 1870
  • 232 American Women’s History 1870 – Present
  • 233 Native Americans to 1850
  • 234 Native Americans since 1850
  • 241 History of Colby College
  • 247 African-American History, from Slavery to Freedom


  • 232 Cognitive Psychology
  • 251 Personality Psychology
  • 253 Social Psychology
  • 259 Lifespan Development


  • 231 Contemporary Social Problems
  • 252 Race, Ethnicity, and Society
  • 274 Social Inequality and Power
  • 276 Sociology of Gender
  • 344 Sociology of Sexualities
  • 357 Civil Rights, Black Power, & Social Change
  • 361 Special Topics in Health and Medicine: Substance Use and Abuse

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • 201 Introduction to Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • 232 Queer Identities and Politics

Honors in Educational Studies

Students majoring in Educational Studies may apply to participate in the honors program by submitting a formal statement of their intention to the program faculty by April 15 of their junior year.  The written proposal must include a description of the proposed work, a timeline, and the agreement of a faculty sponsor and a secondary faculty reader.  A 3.25 overall average and a 3.50 major average at the end of the junior year is a condition for entry into the program.  The program involves independent research conducted in Education and cognate fields, and enrollment in ED 483, 484.  Honors is typically taken for six to eight credits over two semesters; honors course credits do not count toward elective credits in the major.  A 3.50 major average at the end of the senior year and a public oral presentation of the project are conditions for successful completion of this program.  The final project will typically consist of a thesis of 50-70 pages of superior quality.