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Education Studies

Education Studies

Understand and re-imagine education as a vital social process that extends far beyond schools. In education studies, you will delve into the sociology, political economy, cultural foundations, philosophy and history of education. Gain practical experience in educational settings and through study abroad, plus conduct original research through our two-semester senior capstone.

With a focus on research, practice, theory and experiential learning, a major or minor in education studies is interdisciplinary and complements majors or minors in psychology, communication, English, peace and conflict studies and history.

Quan Nguyen ’25

Nevertheless, I have never once regretted my decision to walk on this path.-Quan Nguyen ’25

Areas of Study


student w/Prof Ford

Internships Students Have Participated In:

  • US Department of Education

  • Breakthrough Collaborative

  • Uncommon Schools

  • Indianapolis Liberation Center

  • DePauw University, Women’s Center

  • Indiana State University, Housing and Residence Life

  • DePauw University, Housing and Residence Life

Graduate Programs

Graduate schools students have attended:

  • Harvard Graduate School of Education

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • University of California, Berkeley

  • Indiana University Mauer College of Law

  • Columbia Teacher’s College

  • St. Lawrence University

  • IPSL Institute for Global Learning

  • Vanderbilt University

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  • Rebecca Alexander, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. Research interests: school and neighborhood segregation, migrant youth and families, community organizing, and education.
  • Derek Ford, Ph.D., Syracuse University. Research interests: education and political movements, aesthetics, marxism, the tradition of radical Blackness, critical geography, and postmodernism.
  • Caitlin Howlett, Ph.D., Indiana University. Research interests: sexuality education, critical pedagogy, social justice education, and queer theory.
  • Sahar D. Sattarzadeh (on leave 2023-24), Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park. Research interests: critical comparative global Indigenous, ethnic, and racial studies in higher education, activism and social movements, and epistemic justice.