The field of education is best understood as an interdisciplinary social science that integrates multiple perspectives on human learning and development; processes that occur across the lifespan and in widely varied contexts.

The Bachelor of Arts in education is designed for students who are interested in studying education as an academic field — the process and structure of education in both traditional schooling situations as well as other educational arenas of public life — but who are not necessarily interested in a career in public school teaching. Central to the Bachelor of Arts is the examination of the relationship between educational institutions (broadly conceived) and society, as well as deep exploration of the nature of learning and learners. The program is designed to prepare students to make original contributions to knowledge in the field, through research and creative applications of theory.

The Major

Full details about the BA in Education can be found in the Course Catalog.

This degree is designed for students who are interested in studying education as an academic field but who are not necessarily interested in a career in teaching. This major requires 4 core courses, including

  • EDUC 101 Social Foundations of Education
  • EDUC 201 Educational Psychology
  • EDUC 362 Research Methods or EDUC 364 Qualitative Methods
  • One culminating experience course. Culminating experiences can be EDUC 315 (thesis) or EDUC 425 (internship). A program portfolio presentation is required of internship students.

Second, all students must complete four (4) additional courses in one of the following concentrations. Electives, where specified, are chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor.

College Student Personnel Concentration

This concentration is designed for those who have an interest in student affairs administration in higher education.  Student affairs administration is a broad field that includes such areas of specialization as residence life, student activities, admissions, and career services. This concentration prepares graduates for advanced coursework in the field and serves as a foundation for professional practice in graduate assistantships and other entry level positions. See additional courses for this concentration.

Contemporary Landscapes of Education Concentration

In light of shifting demographics and changes in the context of learning, this concentration is designed for students who are interested in studying entrepreneurial innovations in education such as charter schools, after-school programs, cyber-schools, and home schooling, and alternative teacher preparation programs. This concentration aims to prepare students to think critically about the ways in which these alternative educational programs influence education in U.S. society, and supports those who may wish to work within these types of settings. See additional courses for this concentration.

Educational Research Concentration

This concentration prepares graduates in quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methodologies in a range of contexts relevant to education within and outside of school. Graduates with this concentration may be interested in pursuing graduate study in educational psychology, cognitive psychology, or in a specialty area within education, or they may be interested in working for educational research or public policy organizations. See additional courses for this concentration.

Human Diversity Concentration

This concentration is designed for students interested in examining the relationships between U.S. demographic change and learners in schools and in non-traditional educational settings. Those pursuing this concentration may be interested in graduate school in social foundations of education, educational policy, or a related subject area, or may be interested in entering work environments that focus on children’s issues, children and the media, educational inequality, and educational reform. See additional courses for this concentration.

Learning and Development across the Lifespan Concentration

This concentration is designed for students who have an interest in examining how individuals change over the course of the lifespan.  Attention is focused on implications for teaching and learning, taking into account cognitive, psychosocial, and physical changes that occur over time. Graduates with this concentration may be interested in working within educational and social service organizations that target the needs of specific age groups or pursuing graduate education in corresponding areas of specialization. See additional courses for this concentration.

Support Services for Children and Adolescents Concentration

This concentration is designed for those who seek to foster the academic, emotional, and behavioral development of children and adolescents. Those pursuing this concentration will develop intervention skills, such as counseling, consultation, and collaboration. Graduates may be interested in entering work environments such as behavioral health or correctional facilities, social service agencies, and school support services. This concentration also prepares students to enter graduate school in the fields of school psychology and school counseling or to pursue ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) and BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst). See additional courses for this concentration.

Questions?

Do you have questions about our B.A. in education? Contact Professors Joe Murray jlmurray@bucknell.edu or Sue Ellen Henry sehenry@bucknell.edu (also college student personnel). If you are interested specifically in the B.A. strands in research or preparation for graduate work in counseling or school psychology, contact Professor Amy Golightly at amy.carney@bucknell.edu.

 

Additional Courses for Each Concentration

B.A. in Education with a concentration in College Student Personnel

DescriptorCreditsCourses
EDUC 312
OR
EDUC 319
1 Counseling Techniques
Group Processes
EDUC 350 1 Higher Education in the US
EDUC 351 1 Learning and Development in Postsecondary Education
EDUC 398 1 Student Affairs Programs in Higher Education

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B.A. in Education with a concentration in Contemporary Landscapes of Education

DescriptorCreditsCourses
EDUC 332 1 Remaking Public Education
EDUC 318
OR
EDUC 327
1 Multiculturalism and Education
OR
Immigrant Youth in US Society
EDUC 308
OR
EDUC 320
1 Advanced Social Foundations
OR
Ethics in Education
EDUC elective 1 Chosen in consultation with adviser

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B.A. in Education with a concentration in Educational Research

DescriptorCreditsCourses
EDUC 362
OR
EDUC 364
2  Quantitative Research Methods
OR
Qualitative Research Methods
EDUC 305 1 Advanced Educational Psychology
EDUC 328 1 Tests and Measurement
EDUC elective 1 Chosen in consultation with adviser

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B.A. in Education with a concentration in Human Diversity

DescriptorCreditsCourses
EDUC 308 1 Advanced Educational Foundations: Democracy and Education
EDUC 318 1 Multiculturalism and Education
EDUC 290
OR
EDUC 322
1 Gender Issues in Education
OR
Psychology of the Exceptional Child
EDUC elective 1 Chosen in consultation with adviser

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B.A. in Education with a concentration in Learning and Development across the Lifespan

DescriptorCreditsCourses
EDUC 323 1 Education of Young Children
EDUC 334 1 Later Childhood and Adolescence
EDUC 351 1 Learning and Development in Postsecondary Education
EDUC elective 1 Chosen in consultation with adviser

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B.A. in Education with a concentration in Support Services for Children and Adolescents

DescriptorCreditsCourses
EDUC 312 1 Counseling Techniques
EDUC 334
OR
EDUC 335
1 Later Childhood and Adolescence
OR
Child and Adolescent Development
EDUC 347 1 Family, School, and Community Partnerships
EDUC elective 1 Chosen in consultation with adviser. Suggested:
EDUC 305 Advanced Educational Psychology
EDUC 322 Psychology of the Exceptional Child

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