Program information

Minor The Bates Department of Education offers two minors in education: Teacher Education and Educational Studies. For both minors, students are required to take EDUC 231 (Perspectives on Education). This course introduces students to the field through foundational perspectives that stimulate further interest in education; it is open to first-year students. Students interested in declaring a minor in education are encouraged to come to information sessions offered twice during the academic year and to make appointments with education faculty for early planning and advisement.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Students may propose individual majors that cross one or more boundaries of the college’s established fields of study. A self-designed interdisciplinary major requires a detailed academic program with a list of courses to be included in the major drawn from at least two departments or programs, and one senior thesis (INDS 457, 458), capstone project, or comprehensive examination.

Further guidelines and an application for the individual interdisciplinary major are available from the registrar. Proposals for interdisciplinary majors must be submitted to the registrar for approval by the Curriculum Review Committee by March 1 in the sophomore year. Proposals must include a faculty advisory board of at least three faculty members who have agreed collectively to act as major advisors. One of these faculty members also serves as thesis advisor unless the student’s program includes an alternative capstone project or comprehensive examination. A student with an individual interdisciplinary major graduates with a degree in interdisciplinary studies.

General Education

A minor in either teacher education or educational studies may count toward the major-plus-one or major-plus-two requirements.  In addition, two interdisciplinary general education concentrations include education department courses:

Children, Adolescents, School (C030)with courses from education and psychology

Learning and Teaching (C084) intended for students who wish explore teaching without committing to the teacher education minor