Bachelor of Arts with a major in Education
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.
Concentrations within the B.A. Program
- College Student Personnel
The college student personnel concentration is designed for those who have an interest in student affairs administration in higher education.
- Contemporary Landscapes of Education
The contemporary landscapes of education 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 (such as Teach for America and the like).
- Educational Research
The educational research concentration is designed for those who have an interest in the empirical exploration of issues central to education.
- Human Diversity
The human diversity 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.
- Learning and Development Across the Lifespan
This concentration is designed for students who have an interest in examining the ways in which individuals change over the course of the lifespan.
- Support Services for Children and Adolescents
The support services concentration is designed for those who seek to foster the academic, emotional, and behavioral development of children and adolescents.