Bachelor of Science Degree - Education Studies



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Educational Studies Major

The Bachelor of Science in Education Studies offers the multidisciplinary training needed to answer questions regarding domestic and global education policy and practice.

Program Objective

The Education Studies major addresses growing undergraduate student interest in urgent questions related to education policy and practice both domestically and globally.  Majors will become well-informed leaders who can engage critically, thoughtfully, and ethically in the educational policy debates in Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.  The program will allow students to study debates concerning education-related social disparities and the pursuit of equal educational opportunities for all.  We expect the major will attract undergraduates with interests in issues of inequality and social justice, who want to study these dimensions of educational reform among a critical mass of students with diverse but overlapping interests. The major will prepare students for work in educational and governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations (both domestic and international), think tanks, policy institutes, community organizations, and out-of-school educational spaces, where they might serve as policy directors or in other positions of institutional leadership.  Students will also be well prepared to work in education-related businesses or to pursue advanced studies in educational policy at the graduate level.  This program does not lead to teacher certification.

Student learning Outcomes

Students enrolled in the B.S. in Education Studies will:
1. Formulate research-based arguments on topics in education policy using academic literature, including both primary and secondary sources.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the social, cultural, and historical contexts of education policy.
3. Examine education policy from multiple theoretical perspectives (e.g., ethical/philosophical, economic/political, etc.).
4. Use different historical and/or qualitative social-science methods to answer major questions in education policy research, both contemporary and enduring.
5. Analyze education policy issues from diverse perspectives related to race, class, and gender and other forms of social difference.

Program Curriculum

The Education Studies program has two primary components:

  • Liberal studies and general education courses that expose students to a broad range of academic disciplines.
  • Major Course work in Education Studies, including core courses as well as depth and breadth requirements.  Depth and breadth course work includes a U.S. or Global concentration.

Education Studies majors are encouraged to consider completing complementary course work in the College of Letters and Science, possibly including an additional major.  Students will graduate with a BS-Education Studies degree.

Program Requirements

Liberal Studies and General Education

Students must complete the Liberal Studies and General Education requirements of this School of Education degree program.  For details on these requirements, go to

Education Studies Major

Major coursework (30 credits) to include core courses (9 credits), depth requirements (minimum of 12 credits): and breadth requirements (minimum of 9 credits).

Major depth and breadth requirements will occur through two concentrations-U.S. Concentration or Global Concentration-that form the structure of the major.

I. Core Courses (9 Credits).

All students who undertake the B.S. in Education Studies will be required to take:

i. ED POL 300 School and Society
ii. ED POL 340 Comparative Education
iii. ED POL/HISTORY 412 History of American Education

II. Depth Requirements (12 credits).

Students will choose a minimum of four courses (12 credits) in one of two concentrations (U.S. or Global) to facilitate in-depth study of education policy and practice:

U.S. Concentration
ED POL 140 Introduction to Education
ED POL 150 Education and Public Policy
ED POL 200 Race, Ethnicity and Public Policy
ED POL 210 Youth, Education, and Society
ED POL 450 Rethinking After-School Education
ED POL 460 Immigration, Education, and Society
ED POL 478 Comparative History of Childhood and Adolescence
ED POL 500 Social Issues in Education
ED POL 505 Issues in Urban Education
ED POL 510 Urban School Policy
ED POL 518 Introduction to Debates in Higher Education Policy
ED POL 567 History of African-American Education
ED POL 570 Anthropology of Education
ED POL/GWS 560 Gender and Education
ED POL/PHIL 545 Philosophical Conceptions of Teaching and Learning
ED POL/PHIL 550 Philosophy of Moral Education
ED POL/HIST 622 History of Radical/Experimental Education in US/UK
ED POL/HIST 665 History of the Federal Role in US Education
ED POL/SOC 648 Sociology of Education

Global Concentration
ED POL 140 introduction to Education
ED POL 317 School and Society: Colonialism and Schools
ED POL 335 Globalization and Education
ED POL 460 Immigration, Education, and Society
ED POL 478 Comparative History of Childhood and Adolescence
ED POL 591 Schooling and the Rights of Children
ED POL 595 Language Politics, Ethnicity, and Education
ED POL 675 Introduction to Comparative and International Education
ED POL 677 Education, Health, and Sexuality
ED POL/GWS 560 Gender and Education
ED POL/HIST 622 History of Radical/Experimental Education in US/UK

III. Breadth Courses ( minimum of 9 credits)

To fulfill the 9-credit breadth requirement, majors must take;

a. at least 1 of the following 3 courses in educational psychology:

ED PSYCH 320 Human Development in Infancy and Early Childhood
ED PSYCH 321 Human Development in Adolescence
ED PSYCH 331 Human Development: Childhood through Adolescence


​b. at least ​2 courses from the "other" available concentration (U.S. concentrators would take "breadth" courses from the Global list; Global concentrators would take "breadth" courses from the U.S. list).

The breadth requirement can also be fulfilled with any of the following approved breadth - course options:

CURRIC 240 Critical Aspects of Teaching, Schooling, and Education
ED PSYCH 320 Human Development in Infancy and Early Childhood
ED PSYCH 321 Human Development in Adolescence
ED PSYCH 331 Human Development: Childhood through Adolescence
ED PSYCH 326 Mind, Brain, and Education
ED PSYCH 506 Contemporary Issues in Educational ​Psychology
ED PSYCH 521 Adolescent Development in Educational Contexts
ED PSYCH 541 Applied Behavior Analysis in Classrooms
ELPA 640 Legal Rights and Responsibilities for Teachers


Students can be admitted directly to Education Studies upon admission to campus.  On Campus students must have at least a 2.5 UW-Madison grade point average to be admitted.  Admission to the major begins as of Fall Semester 2017.


Students are advised by staff from Education Academic Services (Room 139 Education Building) at SOAR and during the regular academic year.  Staff from the Office of Undergraduate Recruitment and Retention (Room 139 Education) provide additional support and assistance to under-represented students in the School of Education.

Projected Time to Degree

Students are expected to complete the B.S. in Education Studies in four years from freshman admission.  All three core courses (EPS 300, EPS 340, and EPS 412) are offered every Fall, Spring, and Summer semester.  EPS offers at least three different undergraduate elective courses each Fall/Spring semester, for a total of six per year.  A typical student could complete up to 12 credits in the major per semester.  Thus, a student could complete all degree requirements within four years.


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