Educational Studies Minor

The minor in educational studies provides an expanded opportunity for Fairfield University undergraduates to incorporate the study of education into their undergraduate living and learning experiences, whether as prospective teachers or as prospective citizens, or to enhance their preparation as policy makers, practicing professionals or scholars in other fields.

Secondary education candidates planning to apply to the Pathway to Secondary Certification (grades 7 - 12) portion of the Education Minor must complete 15 credits. Elementary and secondary candidates are required to take one of the State Approved US History courses for their cognate course. The course must span at least 50 years of US History.

Eligibility for the minor requires completion of 15 credits. Some coursework may require fingerprinting and a background check.

For a 15-credit minor in educational studies, students complete the following:

EDUC 2201Explorations in Education3
EDUC 2329Philosophy of Education: An Introduction3
EDUC 3241Educational Psychology3
Diversity Course
Select one course from the following:3
Culturally Responsive Teacher
Sociology of Education
Cognate Course
Candidates who are planning to certify in Secondary Education are required to take one of the State approved US History courses. Other students can select one course from the following:3
Ethics in Education
Exploring Art History: Technology and Art
Cultural Anthropology
Refugees and Culture
Science, Technology, and Society
Identity and the Human Genome
Ecology and Society
Chemistry of Nutrition
Chemistry, Energy, and the Environment
Chemistry and Art
Argument and Advocacy
Interpersonal Communication Theories
Intercultural Communication
Alcohol, Addiction, and Culture
Family Communication
Family Crisis Communication
Introduction to Computing
Fundamentals of Programming
Economic Aspects of Current Social Problems
Economics of Race, Class, and Gender in the American Workplace
Introduction to Environmental Economics
Health Economics
Regional Economic Development
Imagining Shakespeare
Literacy and Language
Shakespeare I
Shakespeare II
Contemporary Children's Literature
Teaching and Learning Grammar
Writing and Responding
Introduction to Film and Video Production
Women's History as U.S. History
Select any History course covering at least 50 years of US History 1
Justice and the Developing World
Mathematics: An Exploration
Applied Statistics I
Number Theory
Probability Theory
Mathematical Statistics
Introduction to Music Technology: History and Practice
Healthcare Delivery Systems
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Ethical Theory
Social and Political Philosophy
The Concept of Human Rights
Critical Race Theory
Science and Technology of War and Peace
Physics of the Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate
Energy and Environment
Introduction to American Politics
Introduction to Peace and Justice
Child and Adolescent Development with Lab
Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination
Cognitive Psychology
Learning and Applied Behavior Analysis
Public Health and Social Justice
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Religion and the Critical Mind
Religion in the United States
Introduction to Drawing
Introduction to Painting
Race, Gender, and Ethnic Relations
Introduction to International Migration
American Class Structure
Race, Cities, and Poverty
Career-Oriented Spanish for Nursing and Health Studies
Culture, Civilization, and Literature in the Spanish-American Caribbean Region
Exploring Theatre
Total Credits15

Secondary education candidates are required to take one of the state-approved U.S. History courses.

Note: Biology majors and minors may use any 2000- or 3000-level biology lab course to satisfy the cognate course for the minor in educational studies.

Certain courses taken to fulfill the minor in educational studies may be used to fulfill requirements for the Magis Core Curriculum. Some may also be used to fulfill requirements for a major.