The minor in educational studies provides an examination of the interrelationships among the legal, social, philosophical, political, religious, and economic forces impacting education in the United States. The minor is offered to students who do not complete a teacher education program, but are interested in seeking a broad understanding of current educational topics and issues. Completion of the minor will provide multiple opportunities to examine a major social institution that influences the lives of most Americans as consumers of educational services, taxpayers, and citizens.
The minor requires five courses. Required courses are EDU 104, PHL 260, and SOC 310 and a supervised practicum experience in an education setting (EDU 121). A fifth, elective course is chosen from courses offering students opportunities to explore education from a variety of perspectives. Sixteen semester hours are required. At least three of the five courses must be completed at Elmhurst College with a 2.750 minor GPA and all courses completed with grades of C (2.0) or higher.