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 chosen from:
Introduction to Cognitive Modeling
Learning, Representation & Reasoning
Cognitive Psychology
1 course chosen from:
The Study of Culture through Language
Language and Society
Language and Prejudice
Language, Politics, and Identity
Language and Gender
1 course chosen from:
Social Contexts of Education
Intro to Schooling in Communities
Learning and Teaching with Technology
1 course chosen from:
Culture and Cognition
Learning with New Media
Cognition in Context
1 course chosen from:
Designing for Social Change
Designing Interactive Media and Technology for Learning
Tangible Interaction Design and Learning
Designing and Constructing Models with Multi-agent Languages
1 additional course in student’s specialization
Concentration Courses (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
Basic courses—2 units
SESP 201-0Human Development: Childhood and Adolescence
or SESP 203-0 Human Development: Adulthood and Aging
1 inequality and diversity issues course, chosen from:
Culture, Language, & Identity
Culture and Cognition
Gender and the Life Course
Race and Education
Social Contexts of Education
or an approved equivalent
Research methods—2 units
SESP 210-0Introduction to Statistics and Research Methodology
SESP 372-0Methods of Observing Human Behavior
Practicum—4 units 1
SESP 382-0Practicum in Human Development; Learning Sciences
or SESP 384-0 Practicum in Human Development - Washington, D.C.
or SESP 386-0 Practicum: Human Development & Psychological Svcs.
or SESP 387-0 Practicum: Learning& Organizational Change
or SESP 388-0 Practicum: Social Policy
or SESP 389-0 Practicum in Human Development - San Francisco

This 4-unit course may be taken either for 1 quarter during the junior year or for nine weeks during the Summer Session before or after the junior year; no fifth unit may be taken concurrently without special permission. At least 2 quarters before registering for the course, students must consult the SESP practicum director regarding procedures and site-placement application materials; for Summer Session practicums, consultation should be scheduled at least 3 quarters in advance.

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.