Coordinate Major in Education

A coordinate major in education requires six courses:

  • Education 1101: Contemporary American Education
  • Five courses at the 2000-level or higher, except Education 2251; Teaching Writing.
  • Students may count one intermediate independent study and one advanced independent study toward the major.
  • With departmental approval, one study away course or course that is not cross-listed with the education department may be used to fulfill the major requirements.

Course selection for the coordinate major is completed in close consultation with an education department advisor. Students who choose to major in sociology, for instance, might construct a course of study that explores “schooling and social difference” and take courses in educational philosophy; sociology of education; student exceptionality; education and citizenship; and gender, sexuality, and schooling. Students who choose to major in government and legal studies might construct a course of study in “school reform” and take courses in educational policy, education and law, school privatization, urban education, and educational history. Students who choose to major in biology and are considering becoming life science teachers might construct a course of study around “science teaching and learning” and take courses in student exceptionality, science education, teaching and learning, curriculum development, and urban education.

Students may choose to coordinate their study of education with any department/program at Bowdoin that offers a major. Students may count courses cross-listed with education and the home department/program toward both the home department/program major and the coordinate major. Students may not declare a coordinate major in education with any of the following: a second departmental major, a student-designed major, or an interdisciplinary major.

*Students who have already declared a double major and are interested in adding a coordinate major in education should consult with both the Department of Education and the associate dean for academic affairs.