The educational studies major at Saint Mary's is a creative, unique partnership between the School of Education and the Sociology Department. This major prepares you to lead educational services in diverse and rapidly changing settings. You can choose between three concentrations: Adult Education Contexts; Child and Family Contexts; and Youth Development and Leadership. Study education theory and examine the processes involved in teaching and learning, emphasizing the social and cultural factors that impact education in and outside the classroom.
Youth Development and Leadership Concentration
Build a strong foundation around the sociology and public policy issues that affect positive youth development and leadership. You will receive a solid grounding in curriculum, assessment, and developmental and abnormal psychology, as well as a variety of topics that impact student success such as substance abuse, family dynamics, contexts of ethnicity, class, and gender, and public policy.
Students with an educational studies major typically find careers in the area of social and behavioral sciences, educational policy, or education law or policy. They may teach in settings not requiring state licensing (e.g., adult basic or adult ELL education, community education, environmental or outdoor education, Head Start, long-term volunteering, Montessori or Waldorf training, museum education, religious education, and youth leadership). An educational studies major also prepares students to complete graduate studies in education or related fields.
This residential, four-year program is offered on our Winona Campus, with daytime classes and a full student life experience.
In addition to this and the many other majors offered at Saint Mary's, you can enhance your education with a minor in a subject that interests you.
Integrated General Education Minors (an integrated minor is required for graduation):
- Creativity and Inquiry (21-23 credits)
- Environmental Sustainability (21 credits)
- Global Diversity and Social Justice (21 credits)
- Self, Society, and the Sacred (21 credits)
Disciplinary Minors (disciplinary minors are optional): Accounting, Art, Biology, Business, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Dance, Digital Media and Journalism, English, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Biology, Geographic Information Science, Global Studies, History, Leadership, Mathematics, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Scientific Computing, Sociology, Spanish, Sport Business, Statistics, Theatre, Theology, Zoology
Providing opportunities for students to study education theory and examine the processes involved in teaching and learning with coursework on the study of social and cultural factors that affect education institutions and the ways education processes are used in other settings.
For more information and course descriptions, check out our course catalog.
Applicants must submit:
Completed application form
Official high school transcript
Official test scores - ACT, SAT, or Classic Learning tests are accepted.
An essay or brief personal statement. In 250 words or fewer, please tell us about: a significant experience you've had, an accomplishment or risk you have taken, a person who has made a difference in your life, a topic of concern to you, or anything else you think would help us learn more about you. You can also choose to submit a graded paper or write something new!
Letters of recommendation are optional.
If you choose to upload a document, please make sure your file is either a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx), an RTF file, or a PDF file. Any other format (including Google Docs) will not load into your application.
Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.
|Tuition:||$37,650 Per Year|
Additional fee for the following residences:
Village Apts., Gilmore Creek Hall $200
Bishops Hall, Brother William Hall, Hillside Hall, La Salle Hall, and Brother Leopold Hall Doubles $400
Brother Leopold Hall Singles and All Apts. $600
The Saint Mary's Difference
The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.