The goal of the Education Studies Program is to provide knowledge of the history of theory in the study of education as well as a methodological orientation to inquiries in education.
About the Minor
With the support of faculty mentors, Hamilton students tailor their own education coursework. Local schools become their classroom as students observe teachers, tutor and coach, study with administrators and policymakers, plan enrichment programs, work in resource rooms, and more. Education consistently ranks as one of the top fields in which Hamilton graduates begin their careers. Many teach in private schools or work in volunteer teaching corps; others advance to graduate study.
A Sampling of Courses
Shaped by social, political, and economic forces, urban schools reflect diverse societal issues and inequalities. In this course, students will first examine the historical foundation in which issues and inequalities in urban schools are rooted by exploring such topics as urban development and distribution of economic opportunity, migration, immigration, segregation, housing and rezoning. Next, students will explore how inequalities impact urban schools and then how experiences in urban schools reproduce inequalities of access and opportunity to education.
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Meet Our Faculty
Chair, the Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Professor of Anthropology; Director of Education Studies
language and culture, particularly the ways in which institutions serve as loci for cultural production
Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology
service-learning and volunteerism; international development and education; comparative education; critical pedagogy in global context; race and education in the American South; race theory
Explore Hamilton Stories
Taking a Path to Higher Ed Leadership
Ty Kunzman ’20 plans to celebrate his Hamilton graduation by heading right back to school. In June he’ll begin work on his Master of Education in Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Development.
Gordon ’22 to Teach at Shady Hill School, Pursue M.S. Education
Jeremy Gordon ’22 will participate in a one-year teacher preparation program, while simultaneously obtaining an accelerated master’s in education from Lesley University.
Diamond Jackson ’21 to Study Education Policy at Harvard
Jackson’s wide breadth of experience will be put to use at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she’ll study education policy. Jackson cites her Hamilton experiences and guidance from Lecturer in Sociology Meredith Madden as key factors in her decision to pursue a path in education policy.
Careers After Hamilton
Hamilton graduates who minored in education studies are pursuing careers in a variety of fields, including:
- Teacher, Temple Israel Hebrew School
- School Social Worker, Bloomfield School District
- President/CEO, Planned Parenthood
- Learning Disabilities Teacher, Lincoln-Sudbury High School
Explore Our Spaces
The Kirner-Johnson Building, also known as KJ, houses the offices for faculty members in education studies. The building features an atrium, team rooms for working on group projects, and five case-method classrooms with the latest technology to support teaching and learning.
Education Studies Program
Chaise LaDousa, Program Director
Clinton, NY 13323