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Minor in Education and Society
Courses in the Education and Society minor probe fundamental questions about the interplay between human development and the institution of schooling using the tools of the social science disciplines. Courses explore how people learn and teach as well as the complex relationships between education and the communities and societies it is situated within. Courses are theory-driven yet also provide important insights into the social contexts of education, strategies for strengthening educational practice, and levers for reducing social inequality in academic achievement. The minor spans a diverse set of course listings because education as a discipline spans the life course and happens in many contexts: in the schoolhouse, the family, communities, workplaces, and political arenas. Psychological, social, economic, political, and cultural factors influence educational trajectories and outcomes ranging from individual health and income to forms of social inequality and trajectories of economic development. The interactions among educational organizations and other institutions shape the possibilities for innovation and intentional reform. To understand the intersection of educational institutions and the broader societies, these courses cross boundaries among theory, research, policy, and practice. This minor is focused on education topics from a theoretical and methodological perspective. College students in any field of study may complete a minor in Education and Society. The flexibility of this course of study complements majors in any of the disciplines.
Students pursuing the Education and Society minor are required to enroll in CHDV 20100 Human Development Research Design. This is predicated on the belief that the theoretical study of education should be rooted in a broad understanding of methods, and that the course of study lends itself to the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods. Students must also complete four approved electives that consider psychological, social, economic, political, or cultural factors in education. The four approved courses may be taken from the list of courses outlined by the faculty co-administrators annually. Students may also petition for other courses not on the list to be counted toward the minor with the faculty co-administrators.
Students who elect the minor must confer with one of the program directors before the end of Spring Quarter of their third year to declare their intention to complete the minor.
The Education and Society minor requires a total of five courses, including:
2. Four approved courses designated as counting toward the Education and Society minor.
Summary of Requirements
|Human Development Research Design *
|Four approved electives
CHDV majors must complete an alternative course. Please see below.
The following methods courses are approved alternatives for Comparative Human Development majors. Additional methods courses may also be approved by consent from the faculty co-administrators.
|Statistical Methods in Economics *
|Quantitative Methods in Public Policy
|Psychological Research Methods
not allowed after Spring Quarter 2023
Approved Elective Courses
|The Organization of Knowledge *
|Race, Ethnicity, and Human Development *
|Adolescent Development *
|Inequality in Urban Spaces **
|Inequality in Education: Theory, Policy and Practice ***
|Cognition and Emotion in Everyday Life *
|Multilingualism in Mind & Social Interaction: Language, Self, & Thought in the Multilingual Context
|Cultural Psychology *
|Blooming, Buzzing Confusion
|The Role of Science in U.S. Education Reform
|Human Language and Interaction
|Critical Studies of Mental Health in Higher Education
|Ethnography in US Education *
|Schools as Organizations: Theory, Methods, Practice
|Race, Ethnicity, and American Public Schools
|Economics of Education
|Schooling and Identity
|Education and Social Inequality
|Language, Culture, and Education
|Approaches to K-12 Teaching and Learning
|Research Practice Partnerships in Education
|Sociology of Education
|Beyond the Culture Wars: Social Movements and the Politics of Education in the U.S.
|Research in School Improvement
|Globalization and Education: Transnational Perspectives on Policy and Practice
|Language and Communication
|Intermediate Regression and Data Science
|Philosophy of Education
|Child Development and Public Policy
|Child Poverty and Chicago Schools
|Crime, Justice, and Inequality in the American City *
|Violence in the Early Years
|Education and Economic Development
|Cognitive Psychology *
|The Development of Social Cognition
|Media and Psychology: Causes and consequences of media use across the lifespan
|Child Development in the Classroom
|Psychological Impacts of Education Policy
|Introduction to Language Acquisition
|Cognition in Infancy
|Introduction to Learning and Memory
|Attention and Working Memory in the Mind and Brain
|How Children Think
|Statistical Methods of Research
|The Effects of Schooling
|Race & American Public Schools
|Cultural Studies in Education
not allowed after Spring Quarter 2023
Students who take CHDV 20305 for the minor may not take CHDV 20499 for the minor.
Students who take CHDV 20499 for the minor may not take CHDV 20305 for the minor.
Approved, eligible courses for the Education and Society minor will be listed each year on the Education and Society minor website.
Advising and Grading
Courses in the minor may not be double counted with the student's major(s), other minors, or general education requirements. Courses in the minor must be taken for quality grades. Only university-level courses offered by the University of Chicago may be approved for EDSO requirements; no other form of credit (including Advanced Placement) is allowed.
Charles Payne Thesis Prize for Education and Society
Fourth-year EDSO minors who write a BA thesis for their major may submit their thesis for consideration in the Charles Payne Thesis Prize for Education and Society competition. Submission guidelines and award details can be found on the minor website.
Marylyn C. Grabosky Award for Undergraduate Research Related to Education
The Marylyn C. Grabosky Award for Undergraduate Research Related to Education is awarded to select third-year students who are writing a BA thesis related to education. It provides financial support during the summer before the fourth year to carry out research that will be continued as a senior honors project. Applications, which are submitted at the beginning of Spring Quarter, include a research proposal, personal statement, budget, CV, and a letter of recommendation. Details of the award, which is made possible by the the Marylyn C. Grabosky STEM Education Initiative Fund, can be found on the minor website.
Assistant Senior Instructional Professor; Associate Director of Instructional Programs in the Committee on Education; Associate Director, the Committee on Education
Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Human Development
Student Affairs Administrator