The Department of Educational Studies engages students in the investigation of educational theory, policy, research and practice from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Our faculty encouragee students to think critically and creatively about the processes of teaching and learning and about the place of education in society. Engaging in research is integral to educational studies; participation in research allows students to understand its role in theory, policy making, and practice. Bridging research and practice is a goal for courses and seminars in the Department, with the majority of classes including a distinctive fieldwork component. The Department is committed to preparing our students to understand and meet student needs in an era of rapidly increasing racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity, and technological change. Our courses draw on multidisciplinary approaches including work in psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, and history.