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Educational Studies

About Our Program

Education is at the root of so many contemporary challenges, and our minors learn to think critically about the role it can play in solving them. Our department emphasizes inclusivity, which will inform your perspective as you learn, ask questions, and pose solutions. 

Whether you’re interested in becoming a teacher or are eager to empower communities through education another way, you’ll gain the reading, writing, thinking, and communication skills you’ll need to engage with complex issues and apply your understanding to just about any career path you choose.

Learning Experiences to Prepare for Your Career

We believe relevance is key, and our curriculum is constantly evolving to reflect current issues and conversations. So not only will you be more invested in the topics you study, you’ll be better equipped to help employers and organizations tackle their most pressing challenges in the real world.

Contemporary Curriculum

In your coursework, you’ll delve deep into contemporary topics affecting education. You’ll consider how education can be more inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community, what the Black Lives Matter movement means for education, or how to talk about mental health in the American public school system. 

University Fellowship Program

Our faculty are known for the close relationships they build with every student, which often turn into faculty-mentored summer research projects. Apply for a fellowship to spend eight weeks in the North Country digging into a topic you’re passionate about with your mentor as your advisor. 


Our students often use their educational studies minor to inform research that encompasses their other areas of study. For example, they’ve looked at sports and masculinity, anti-Blackness in Chinese universities, or how to improve environmental literacy and communicate the importance of sustainability.

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Learn by doing in a real-world environment. Our minors intern in schools and with a wide range of organizations concerning access to education and education policy. 

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Volunteer Work

You can also gain experience while making a difference in our community. We partner with local schools on a reading and math tutor program and often sponsor one-credit educational internships. 

Engage with our community in a variety of ways, including:

  • Math/reading help at local elementary and middle schools
  • After-school programming at the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club
  • Facilitate creative activities at the North Country Children’s Museum

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Study Abroad

Choose from more than 30 semester-long programs offered in more than 20 international locations, including Australia, Kenya, Sweden, Spain, and Thailand. 

Explore Diverse Models of Early Childhood Education 

Educational studies minors who journey to Denmark can enroll in a child development and diversity course.  It consists of a travel component that will allow you to experience models of education across Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. 

Off-Campus Study in the U.S. 

Other U.S-based off-campus study programs include a Liberal Arts in New York City experience, which includes an internship with a Manhattan-based business or nonprofit. The Washington Semester in D.C. consists of a semester-long internship, so you could study education policy by interning with stakeholders on the ground.

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Connect with Community

Among the 150+ clubs and organizations at St. Lawrence, you’ll find many that involve leadership, community engagement, education, and cross-cultural communication: 

  • The Advocates
  • Club of American Sign Language
  • Common Ground Connections
  • Club Volleyball
  • The Hill News
  • Men In Color
  • Class Council 
  • Her Campus 
  • SLU Adaptive
  • Black Student Union
  • Literacy for Nepal
  • Rotaract
  • Carefree Black Girls 
  • La Sociedad
  • The Women’s Resource Center
  • Reading Buddies
  • WORD Studio 
  • Spectrum
  • Relay for Life

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Why St. Lawrence for Education

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North Country Children's Museum

Spend a summer planning programs for local kids while interning at the North Country Children’s Museum.


Volunteer-producing University

Peace Corps 2019, 2020


of students pursue volunteer work


Best School for Making an Impact

The Princeton Review, 2023


Outcomes Rate

Recent graduates were employed or in graduate school within 7-9 months of graduating.

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Program Requirements & Courses

Explore educational studies minor requirements, as well as electives and combined study options.

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We’re excited to learn more about you, tell you more about our interdisciplinary academic programs, show you around our beautiful campus, and help you navigate your college search.

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We’re looking for curious students who are eager to make a difference. We take a holistic approach to reviewing applications and consider all aspects of your application and what we learn about you.