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Honors Program in Education

An honors program is available to undergraduates to supplement their regular majors outside the school. This program permits interested undergraduates at Stanford to build on the training received in their major field of study by pursuing additional courses and a research thesis or practicum project in a related area of education.

Students apply for entry during the junior year. Applications are available at The current director of the program is Professor Francisco Ramirez. At least one course must be taken from each of the following areas:

  1. Educational policy and history in the U.S.—EDUC 201, History of Education in the United States; EDUC 202, Introduction to the Study of International Comparative Education; EDUC 165, History of Higher Education in the U.S.
  2. Contemporary problem areas—courses include: EDUC 149, Theory and Issues in the Study of Bilingualism; EDUC 179, Urban Youth and their Institutions: Research and Practice; EDUC 197, Education and the Status of Women: Comparative Perspectives.
  3. Foundational disciplines—courses include: EDUC 110, Sociology of Education: Social Organizations of Schools; EDUC 204, Introduction to Philosophy of Education; EDUC 220, Social Sciences and Educational Analysis.

A directed reading course as well as directed research courses with a faculty member in Education are also required. Students in the program should enroll in 199A,B,C, Undergraduate Honors Seminar, during their senior year.

Near the end of Spring Quarter, successful candidates for honors orally present brief reports of their work and findings at a mini-conference. All honors students in Education are expected to attend this conference.

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