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Education Studies

Minor in Education Studies at KU

Many students at KU express interest in and request education course options without committing to becoming a teacher, and see value in better understanding the intersection of education with society and their chosen major. The minor in Education Studies offered by the School of Education at KU meets this demand. The minor in Education Studies provides a solid grasp of essential theory and research in education, along with an opportunity to focus on particular aspects of the process of the educational system.  

Benefits of the minor in Education Studies:

  • Complementary curriculum - With only 18 required credit hours, students are able to complement their major with a minor that does not add too much to their schedules.
  • Fundamentally purposeful - The minor does not lead to teacher licensure; however it does offer a broad introduction to education as a field of study and as a fundamental human activity.
  • Widely applicable - The minor is designed for students interested in careers that intersect with schools, educational or human development policy, and/or participation in a democratic society that is based on universal access to education.
  • Globally impactful - It provides undergraduate students of any major the opportunity to develop an understanding of the legal, social, political, and economic forces that influence and shape educational policies by choosing from lower and upper division elective courses.
  • Program Reputation - KU’s minor in Education Studies is offered through the KU School of Education, which was recently ranked 8th in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Public Education Schools.

Any student desiring to complete the minor in Education Studies should develop a program plan with their academic advisor from their major department. However, the School of Education can provide advising information specific to the Education Studies minor, if desired. Contact your academic advisor today to see if a minor in Education Studies aligns with your career goals and academic program.

Learn more about the minor curriculum.


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