Learning Sciences Major

Students must also complete the Undergraduate Registration Requirement and the degree requirements of their home school.

Concentration Program—16 units*

Course Title
Required Courses (9 units)
LRN_SCI 201-0Cognition and Action
LRN_SCI 202-0Culture, Language, & Identity
LRN_SCI 301-0Design of Learning Environments
1 course for the Cognition cluster from:
Introduction to Cognitive Modeling
Learning, Representation & Reasoning
Cognitive Psychology
1 course for the Language and Culture cluster from:
The Study of Culture through Language
Language and Society
Language and Prejudice
Language, Politics, and Identity
Language and Gender
1 course for the Learning in Schools cluster from:
Social Contexts of Education
Learning and Teaching with Technology
Topics in Learning Sciences (Schooling in America)
1 course for the Out of School Learning cluster from:
Culture and Cognition
Culture and Cognition: SESP Leadership Institute
Redesigning Everyday Organizations
Community Based Research Methods
Designing for Social Change
Pedagogies for History and Injustice: Holocaust Education Design
Special Topics (Computing, Ethics, and Society )
1 course for the Design of Learning Environments cluster from:
Designing for Social Change
Designing Interactive Media and Technology for Learning
Inclusive Making
Tangible Interaction Design and Learning
Topics in Learning Sciences (Sports Wearables and Learning or Design of Sociotechnical Systems)
Designing and Constructing Models with Multi-agent Languages
1 additional course in student’s specialization
Concentration Extension Course (7 units)
Must be selected from an approved list of courses in learning sciences, other SESP concentrations, and disciplines such as anthropology, communication studies, computer science, design, linguistics, and psychology. Must include at least 3 courses at the 300 level. Up to 3 units of SESP 390-0 Research Apprenticeship or SESP 399-0 Independent Study and 3 units of SESP 398-0 Honors Thesis may be counted toward this requirement.

SESP Core (8 units)

Course Title
Seminar—1 unit
SESP 200-0Understanding Knowledge
Human Development—1 unit
SESP 201-0Human Development: Childhood and Adolescence
or SESP 203-0 Human Development: Adulthood and Aging
or HDC 310-0 The Art and Science of Aging
Methodologies —2 units
SESP 210-0Introduction to Statistics and Research Methodology
SESP 272-0Field Research Methods
Experiential Learning—4 units 1
SESP 384-0Practicum in Human Development - Washington, D.C.
or SESP 389-0 Practicum in Human Development - San Francisco
or SESP 392-0 Experiential Learning: Practicum

Overlay Requirements*

Course Title
Global Engagement
1 quarter of study abroad or 3 quarters of foreign language or equivalent. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the global engagement requirement is subject to change.
Heterogeneities, Systems, and Inequalities
1 course counted towards the concentration: HDC 305-0, LOC 214-0, LOC 214-BR, LRN_SCI 214-0, LRN_SCI 309-0, SESP 317-0, SESP 324-0, SESP 351-0 (Computing, Ethics, and Society), SOC_POL 331-0, TEACH_ED 302-0
Methods in Context
1 course counted towards the concentration: HDC 351-0, LOC 311-0, LRN_SCI 301-0, LRN_SCI 309-0, LRN_SCI 313-0, LRN_SCI 351-0, LRN_SCI 372-0, SESP 251-0 (Community Based Research Methods: Educational Justice), SESP 303-0, SESP 310-0, SESP 324-0, SESP 351-0, SOC_POL 330-0, SOC_POL 331-0, SOC_POL 332-0, SOC_POL 351-0

Distribution Requirements (10 units)

  • 2 natural sciences courses
  • 2 formal studies courses (mathematics, logic, etc.)
  • 2 historical studies courses
  • 2 ethics and values courses (philosophy, religion, etc.)
  • 2 literature and fine arts courses

Selected courses from Weinberg College and professional schools across the University may be used to fulfill distribution requirements with the consent of the student’s adviser and the SESP assistant dean for student affairs.

Electives (8 units)

Courses from any school across the University may be used to fulfill elective requirements. Students are encouraged to discuss their elective plans with their advisers; they may be able to pursue a second major or a minor using elective credits.