All students will be required to take a minimum of seven courses: three core courses, three supporting courses and a senior seminar. Students interested in the minor are advised to begin their study during their sophomore year.

Core Courses:

Supporting Courses: Select one course from each of the three clusters; these courses must be from three different departments. The list below is not an exhaustive one. Please check the appropriate department pages for course descriptions and prerequisites and when courses are offered. We can neither control nor predict when courses from other departments are offered. If you have difficulty enrolling in a course for a particular cluster, please see the minor adviser to discuss other courses that might fulfill the requirement.

Cluster I Learning, Cognition and Development The purpose of this cluster is to provide additional perspective about how K-12 students develop physically, cognitively and socially. This cluster builds on the core course, Educational Psychology.

  • CCST 100 Growing up Cross-Culturally
  • CGSC 130 Revolutions in Mind: An Introduction to Cognitive Science (not offered in 2021-22)
  • CGSC 130 What Minds Are What They Do: An Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • CGSC 232 Cognitive Processes
  • CGSC 236 Thinking, Reasoning, and Decision Making (not offered in 2021-22)
  • CGSC 386 Adolescent Cognitive Development: Developing an Identity and Life Plans (not offered in 2021-22)
  • EDUC 262 Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning in Diverse Classrooms
  • EDUC 344 Teenage Wasteland: Adolescence and the American High School (not offered in 2021-22)
  • PSYC 210 Psychology of Learning and Memory
  • PSYC 232 Cognitive Processes
  • PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 251 Lifespan Development (not offered in 2021-22)
  • PSYC 258 Social Cognition
  • PSYC 366 Cognitive Neuroscience (not offered in 2021-22)

    Cluster II Social and Cultural Context of Schooling in a Diverse Society The purpose of this cluster is to provide an in-depth understanding of the broader historical, social and cultural context in which U.S. educational institutions are located. This cluster builds on the background knowledge provided by the core courses Introduction to Educational Studies and Multicultural Education.

    • AFST 120 Gender and Sexuality in the African Diaspora (not offered in 2021-22)
    • AFST 200 The Black Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century (not offered in 2021-22)
    • AFST 220 Intersectionality (not offered in 2021-22)
    • AMST 115 Introduction to American Studies
    • AMST 218 Asian American Studies (not offered in 2021-22)
    • EDUC 262 Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning in Diverse Classrooms
    • EDUC 340 Race, Immigration, and Schools
    • EDUC 367 Culture Wars in the Classroom
    • GWSS 110 Introduction to Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies
    • HIST 116 Intro to Indigenous Histories, 1887-present
    • HIST 122 U.S. Women’s History to 1877
    • HIST 123 U.S. Women’s History Since 1877
    • HIST 125 African American History I: From Africa to the Civil War
    • HIST 126 African American History II
    • HIST 203 American Indian Education
    • HIST 229 Working with Gender in U.S. History (not offered in 2021-22)
    • IDSC 203 Talking about Diversity
    • PHIL 288 A Survey of Historical Ideas of Race (not offered in 2021-22)
    • PHIL 304 Epistemology and Oppression (not offered in 2021-22)
    • POSC 275 Black Radical Political Thought, 1919-1969 (not offered in 2021-22)
    • POSC 302 Subordinated Politics and Intergroup Relations*
    • PSYC 384 Psychology of Prejudice (not offered in 2021-22)
    • RELG 140 Religion and American Culture (not offered in 2021-22)
    • RELG 249 Religion and American Public Life (not offered in 2021-22)
    • SOAN 114 Modern Families: An Introduction to the Sociology of the Family
    • SOAN 226 Anthropology of Gender (not offered in 2021-22)
    • SOAN 259 Comparative Issues in Native North America (not offered in 2021-22)
    • SOAN 272 Sociological Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in the United States (not offered in 2021-22)
    • SOAN 288 Diversity, Democracy, Inequality in America (not offered in 2021-22)
    • SOAN 350 Diversity, Democracy, and Inequality in America (not offered in 2021-22)

      Cluster III Public Policy and Educational Reform The purpose of this cluster is to explore the public policy contexts, issues and questions that are most relevant to educational policy making and school reform. This cluster builds on the background knowledge provided by the core course Introduction to Educational Studies.

      • AFST 112 Black Revolution on Campus (not offered in 2021-22)
      • ECON 270 Economics of the Public Sector
      • EDUC 100 Will This Be on the Test? Standardized Testing and American Education
      • EDUC 225 Issues in Urban Education
      • EDUC 245 The History of American School Reform (not offered in 2021-22)
      • EDUC 250 Fixing Schools: Politics and Policy in American Education
      • EDUC 330 Refugee and Immigrant Experiences in Faribault, MN (not offered in 2021-22)
      • POSC 122 Politics in America: Liberty and Equality
      • POSC 218 Schools, Scholarship and Policy in the United States
      • POSC 219 Poverty and Public Policy in the U.S. (not offered in 2021-22)
      • POSC 338 Politics of Inequality and Poverty* (not offered in 2021-22)
      • SOAN 170 Investigating (In)Equality: Comparative Welfare States (not offered in 2021-22)

        Senior Seminar: