A Collaboration between the College of Education and the Honors College

Mission Statement

Reflecting The University of Alabama’s mission of advancing the intellectual and social condition of the people of the State through quality programs, the minor in educational studies is designed as an opportunity for Honors College students (1) to develop a knowledge base about education and schooling; (2) to design strategies to improve the conditions of education; and (3) to impact positively the educational system. An overarching goal is to enhance our students’ capacity to be informed citizens who are educational advocates working as leaders in their chosen careers. The minor is offered jointly between the College of Education and the Honors College as a program for Honors College students to engage in critical thought and action about education in the 21st century in terms of:

  • Fundamentals/foundational knowledge about education and PK-12 schooling
  • Diversity, advocacy, service, and involvement in schools and communities; and
  • Accountability, policy, and broader economic, political, social, cultural, and philosophical contexts.

Program Specifics

The minor in educational studies is a non-certification/licensure program designed specifically for Honors College students who are interested in educational issues but who are not education majors. If you are interested or currently taking minor courses, please make sure to officially declare the “Educational Studies for Honors College” minor via myBama.

  • The minor consists of 18 hours.
  • Students must maintain a 3.30 GPA in all coursework.

Course of Study

The Education Studies minor consists of twelve hours of required EDU coursework and six hours of required Honors coursework for a total of 18 credit hours. Below are the course requirements:

  • EDU 401 The Dynamics of American Education
  • EDU 402 Diversity, Difference, and Advocacy in Education
  • EDU 403 Issues in Educational Policy: The Historical Trajectory of Education Reform
  • EDU 410 Capstone Seminar in Education
  • UH 200 Life as a Scholar
  • UH 205 Social Foundations of Community Engagement
  • UH 270 Engage Tuscaloosa: Field Experience

Course Rotation

EDU 401
EDU 403

EDU 402
EDU 410

Contact Information

Dr. Liza Wilson, Senior Associate Dean & Professor, College of Education
(205) 348-6051

Dr. W. Ross Bryan, Assistant Dean & Associate Professor, Honors College
(205) 348-7053