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Minor Requirements


The Minor in Education is open to all undergraduate students. Students must apply for formal admission to the minor no later than the first day of classes in the senior year.


Education minors take 3 core courses and 6 credits of electives, and complete a small capstone experience.  Full details are available in our handbook; highlights are below.

Core Courses (for breadth):

  • EDUC 2410: The Art of Teaching (fall or spring). 
  • One course from each column below (two courses total):
Social & Anthropological Perspectives Psychological Perspectives
Course (credits) Semester Course (credits) Semester
EDUC 2710: Social & Political Context of American Education (4) Fall EDUC 3110: Educational Psychology (4) Fall, Spring
EDUC 3405: Multicultural Issues in Education (4) Spring EDUC 4040: Engaging Students in Learning (4) Fall, Spring

Electives (for depth in an area or further exploration):

Take 6 credits of electives using two or more courses, keeping in mind what the capstone will require (see Capstone Experience section below).

  • Any EDUC course, including those listed above for the core, can count as an elective.
  • Several non-EDUC courses also are approved as minor electives. For a list,  see section III of the Education Minor Handbook.
  • No more than 4 of these credits may be unstructured; unstructured credits are TAships (EDUC 4980 only) and independent studies (EDUC 4970 only). 

Capstone Experience (to synthesize insights from coursework and related experiences):

In their final semester before graduation, minors participate in one of two possible culminating experiences:

  • Option 1 (Conversations on Education): Education Minors may participate in a series of 20-minute discussions with educators from Cornell and the wider Ithaca community. Minors will summarize their new insights on education and how these developed. Discussion will follow, then groups will rotate for a total of 2 or 3 conversations. Refreshments follow.

  • Option 2 (Publications on Education): Education Minors may submit a written reflection that summarizes their new insights on education and how these developed. “Written reflection” can be construed broadly, including but not limited to essays, editorials, short stories, and poems. Reflections are compiled each summer and made publicly accessible on our Capstones and Testimonials page.