Spring 2016

Imagining Education Studies

Listed in: , as COLQ-330


Karla Keyes (Section 01)
Hilary J. Moss (Section 01)
Robert A. Siudzinski (Section 01)


This course, part of a one-time only two-semester sequence, investigates, interrogates, and critiques the field of Education Studies. It asks students to imagine what an ideal education studies program might look like at an elite liberal arts college like Amherst. The course will consist of three parts. First, through intensive archival investigation, students will examine the historical place of education at Amherst. How have previous generations of Amherst students studied education-related issues, both inside and outside the classroom? How have Amherst alumni contributed to the field of education more broadly? Next, students will explore the current state of Education Studies as a discipline with an eye towards the liberal arts. What is the purpose of a liberal arts education? How have liberal arts colleges made Education Studies central to their pedagogical missions? To answer these questions, students will connect with faculty and students engaged with Education Studies across the Five Colleges and at other liberal arts colleges.  Finally, students will debate, discuss, and imagine the future of Education Studies at Amherst.  The class will culminate with students collaboratively designing a model Education Studies major appropriate for a liberal arts college like Amherst. 

Limited to six students.  Spring semester.  Professor Moss and Dr. Siudzinski.

If Overenrolled: We will conduct interviews and ask for short statements of interest. Priority will go to students with a demonstrated interest in educ. studies & with a desire & willingness to work collaboratively. We will make an effort to balance the class (cont'd)


Attention to Research, Community Based Learning


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2016