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Minor in Education and Society

Courses in the Education and Society minor 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 inequality. 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.

Program Requirements

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.

The Education and Society minor requires a total of five courses, including:

1. CHDV 20100 Human Development Research Design (Students majoring in Comparative Human Development must complete an alternative methods course, as described below.)

2. Four approved courses designated as counting toward the Education and Society minor.

Summary of Requirements

CHDV 20100Human Development Research Design *100
Four approved electives400
Total Units500

Alternative Methods Courses for CHDV Majors

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.

ANTH 21420Ethnographic Methods100
CHDV 26228Ethnographic Methods100
ECON 21010Statistical Methods in Economics100
PBPL 26400Quantitative Methods in Public Policy100
PSYC 20200Psychological Research Methods100
SOCI 20001Sociological Methods100

Approved Elective Courses

CHDV 20100Human Development Research Design100
CHDV 20150Language and Communication100
CHDV 20207Race, Ethnicity, and Human Development100
CHDV 20209Adolescent Development100
CHDV 20305Inequality in Urban Spaces100
CHDV 23305Critical Studies of Mental Health in Higher Education100
CHDV 25120Child Development and Public Policy100
CHDV 32411Mediation, Moderation, and Spillover Effects100
CHDV 44220Schools as a Social Context100
ECON 26700Economics of Education100
EDSO 23001Critical Issues in Urban Education: Approaches to K-12 Teaching and Learning100
EDSO 23002Schooling and Identity100
EDSO 23003The Urban High School: History, Policy and Reform100
EDSO 23004Ethnography of Children and Childhood100
HIPS 23000The Organization of Knowledge100
PBPL 25405Child Poverty and Chicago Schools100
PBPL 25860Crime, Justice, and Inequality in the American City100
PBPL 27809Violence in the Early Years100
PBPL 27821Urban Schools and Communities100
PBPL 27919Research in School Improvement100
PBPL 28350Education and Development: Policy and Research100
PBPL 29120Poverty Law and Policy Reform100
PLSC 22819Philosophy of Education100
PSYC 20100Psychological Statistics100
PSYC 20250Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods100
PSYC 20400Cognitive Psychology100
PSYC 20500Developmental Psychology100
PSYC 22580Child Development in the Classroom100
PSYC 23200Introduction to Language Development100
PSYC 23800Introduction to Learning and Memory100
SOCI 20112Applications of Hierarchical Linear Models100
SOCI 20192The Effects of Schooling100
SSAD 21000Race & American Public Schools100
SSAD 63412Cultural Studies in Education100

Approved, eligible courses for the Education and Society minor will be listed each year on the Education and Society minor website.

Advising and Grading

Students who elect the minor program in Education and Society must meet with the program director before the end of Spring Quarter of their third year to declare their intention to complete the minor. The director's approval for the minor program should be submitted to a student's College adviser by the Spring Quarter of a student’s third year.

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, and more than half of the requirements for the minor must be met by registering for courses bearing University of Chicago course numbers.


Undergraduate Primary Contacts

Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Comparative Human Development
Jill Mateo


Professor in Sociology and Harris Public Policy; Chair, Committee on Education
Stephen W. Raudenbush
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