Critical Studies of Education—BA

Minimum 36 semester course credits and general BA requirements

Core Requirement (14 credits)
EDUC 036/136Introduction to Development and Learning in Young Children3
EDUC 101Social Foundations of Education3
EDUC 120Urban Education3-4
EDUC 025/125Inquiry and Action in Urban Contexts3-4

Senior Capstone Inquiry Requirement 4-8 credits

All students will complete a capstone inquiry project during their senior year. They will utilize research skills to synthesize their understandings from their concentrations and community-based work in order to grapple with an educational dilemma. Capstone projects will include an action component. These projects will aid students as they transition to the next phases in their lives, studies, and/or careers. Capstone course(s) will be selected based on the nature of the concentration and can be taken from other departments across the college. One recommendation is EDU 194A/B Senior Seminar: Child Development.


Students will work in consultation with their advisors to develop an interdisciplinary concentration that is based on their academic, personal, and professional goals. Concentrations and course trajectories should be finalized in consultation with the advisor by the end of sophomore year and no later than fall junior year. A suggested trajectory for thinking about the sequencing of courses is outlined below.

First Year: Introduction to education and theoretical foundations
Sophomore: Building on theoretical frameworks from year one, adding content and methodology
Junior: Focus on translating content knowledge into direct work with communities
Senior: Students will select courses with their advisor to guide their capstone/thesis project

Sample List of Concentration Courses14
Additional Courses and courses not listed can be considered upon advisor's approval.
EDUC 103Public Policy: Children, Youth, and Family Issues3
EDUC 114Family Systems and Cultural Diversity: Connections with Schools, Communities, and Hospital Setting3
EDUC 134Research Methodology for Observing Children2-4
EDUC 137Language Development: Literacy, Communication, and Multilingualism3
EDUC 138Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning3
EDUC 180DOn Being "Woke": Spiritual and Political Formation in the Movement towards Liberatory Education3
EDUC 227Issues of Race and Ethnicity in Education4
EDUC 246Working with Schools, Families and the Community2-4
EDUC 240/440Hip Hop Pedagogy4
EDUC 410Communities, Schools, and Critical Social Theory4
ENG 114U.S. Literature and Social Change3
ENG 11720th Century African-American Literature 3
ENG 152Poets of Color of the 20th and 21st Centuries3-4
ENG 272Theories and Strategies of Teaching Writing4
ETHS 039Latinx & Latin American Social Movements 3
ETHS 051Introduction to Ethnic Studies3
ETHS 055Law, Resistance and Identity: American Indian History from 19003
ETHS 090Comparative Ethnic Literature and Cultural Production4
ETHS 111Leadership for Social Change4
ETHS 112Race, Gender, and the Environment3
ETHS 126Theories of Race and Ethnicity4
ETHS 139Asian/Pacific American Women Writers3
ETHS 150Black Feminist Theory3
ETHS 157Race, Gender, and the Criminal Justice System3
ETHS 159Intro to Chicanx & Latinx Studies3
ETHS 165Politics of Chicanx and Latinx Communities3
ETHS 180A“All Power to the People!”: The Politics and Pedagogy of Community-based Education in the Bay 3
ETHS 180DThe Black Radical Tradition: From Black Radical Abolitionism to Black Feminism3
ETHS 180KGirls of Color, Trauma, and Community Accountabilities3
HIST 031American History I3
HIST 115Sex, Body, and Gender in Early European Societies3
HIST 158Growing Up in America3
HIST 180ACivil Rights Today2
MATH 047Calculus I3
MATH 102Probability and Statistics4
NASC 180ACommunity Engaged Teaching and Learning in Science, Technology and Mathematics2
PPOL 015Introduction to Policy: Identifying and Solving Public Problems 3
PPOL 093Law and Society3
PPOL 114Social Policy Analysis3
PPOL 152American Constitutional Law: Fundamental Freedoms3-4
PPOL 180FOrganizing for Political Change2
PSYC 040Life-Span Developmental Psychology3
PSYC 049Fundamentals of Psychology3
PSYC 070Psychology and Language3
PSYC 080Adolescence3
PSYC 155Social Psychology3
PSYC 180CLesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Psychology3
SOC 055Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 101Sociology of Families3-4
SOC 129Race and Ethnic Relations in the U.S.3
SOC 156Sociology of Oakland3
SOC 194Media & Society3
WGSS 071Introduction to Women's Studies3
WGSS 072Introduction to Queer Studies3
WGSS 105Sexuality and the City3
WGSS 106Postcolonial Feminist Theory and Literature3-4
WGSS 115African and Caribbean Literatures3-4