Overview

The Education Studies and Human Relations (ESHR) major is ideal for students looking to create their own path. Whether you are interested in educational policy and assessment, mental health, diversity education, educational media and design, and more, the ESHR major is the right fit for you.

 

Program Overview

Built with flexibility in mind, this multidisciplinary  major embraces the notion that learning and helping professions are not limited to traditional classrooms. ESHR is the perfect major for those wanting to create change on an individual or systemic level.

The 30 required credits include 15 core courses that include a diversity/multiculturalism course and 15 elective credits.

 

Program Requirements

For a complete list of courses offered visit:

Subprograms

You can choose between two subprograms to help meet your educational and career goals. You can also opt to not pick a subprogram and take a variety of interesting courses across different disciplines.

Professor hands technology to student in classroom

Education Studies

The Education Studies subprogram is for students interested in pursuing careers in learning technologies, school district support roles, education policy, assessment and evaluation, among other options.

It also prepares students for future graduate study in educational measurement, learning sciences, educational psychology, higher education and student affairs, and other related areas.

Two students working outside the education building

Human Relations

The Human Relations subprogram is for students interested in careers in helping fields that rely on interpersonal communication and personal problem solving.

It also prepares students for future graduate study in professional counseling, health-service psychology, couple and family therapy, community relationship, and related fields.

Informal Concentration Areas (ICA)

ESHR provides a number of Informal Concentration Areas (ICA). ICAs are meant to be fluid over time to best reflect trends and issues in the field of education and helping professions. In addition, students may create their own concentration focus that will meet their own career trajectory.

Couple and Family

The Couple and Family ICA will help you understand the nature of interpersonal and intimate relationships, the inner workings of family systems, individual and family development, how the family fits into the larger society, how to help families under stress or in crisis, and how to advocate and support all families.

Couple and Family ICA Guide

Diversity Education

The Diversity Education ICA will help you develop awareness of your own cultural worldview and potential biases, knowledge of other cultural worldviews, learn the ways structural oppression can impact marginalized groups, and gain skills for more effectively serving a diverse society.

Diversity Education ICA Guide

K-12 Student Interventions

The K-12 Student Interventions ICA will help you understand the needs that children have as they cope with trauma, loss, family concerns, and common developmental challenges. Opportunities exist to support students during their K-12 education and build partnerships with community resources.

K-12 Student Interventions ICA Guide

Learning, Design, and Media

The Learning, Design, and Media ICA will help you better understand how people learn and use that understanding to design, implement, and evaluate formal and informal learning environments, using an iterative process that includes selecting, using, and creating media when appropriate.

Learning, Design, and Media ICA Guide

Learning and Development

The Learning and Development ICA will help you understand the process of learning; how to engage with different populations in their development of knowledge, skills, and abilities; and learning in different areas such as literacy or science.

Learning and Development ICA Guide

Sports, Society, and Inclusion

The Sports, Society, and Inclusion ICA will help you prepare for careers in the broad fields and industries surrounding sports, which include administration, coaching, consulting, and advocacy. 

Sports, Society, and Inclusion ICA Guide

Supporting College Students

The Supporting College Students ICA will help you understand how to work with college students and understand related systems.

Supporting College Students ICA Guide

Trauma Informed Advocacy

The Trauma-informed Advocacy ICA will help you better understand the challenges that individuals who have experienced trauma may face, learn how to advocate and support people who have had these challenging experiences, and promote their success.

Trauma Informed Advocacy ICA Guide

Faculty

The ESHR faculty represent every program in the College of Education and have expertise in learning, teaching, measurement, counseling and helping professions, and the social, historical, and policy foundations of education. Learning from faculty across the college will help you to tailor your learning to your interests and career goals.

To see the Curriculum Advisory Committee, please visit: Committee Listing.

Admissions and Application

For additional information about the admission and application process, please visit the university's:

Education Studies and Human Relations.

Students may be admitted to the Education Studies and Human Relations major through Direct Admission, Regular Admission, or Transfer Admission.

Direct Admission is designed for first-year students applying to Iowa for the fall semester. Applicants who present an ACT composite score of 21 or higher (waived for fall 2022) and a final high school GPA of at least 3.0 are eligible for Direct Admission into the Education Studies and Human Relations major. First-year students who do not meet requirements for admission to the major may declare Education Studies and Human Relations Interest in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and apply later for Regular Admission to the major. 

Regular Admission is available to students who have completed a minimum of 12 s.h. of graded course work at the University of Iowa or another accredited institution of higher education, including community colleges, and who have a UI cumulative GPA of at least 2.50. 

Transfer Admission is available to students who have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 on a minimum of 24 s.h. of acceptable graded credit earned after high school graduation. 

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Courses and Policies

If you have career goals in education or a helping profession but do not wish to pursue classroom teaching, ESHR may be right for you!  The University of Iowa’s College of Education offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts with a major in Education Studies and Human Relations.  The following information will provide you a snapshot of the major. 

ESHR . . .

  • Is a multidisciplinary major in education.
  • Furthers career goals or prepares you for future graduate study in areas of education and helping professions. 
  • Enhances your broad liberal arts and sciences education.
  • Develops strong academic preparation including skills in critical thinking and interpersonal communication. 
  • Includes courses from across the four academic departments in the UI College of Education. 
  • Includes two subprograms along with the broader ESHR major.
  • Includes multiple informal concentration areas to help you select courses.

Nuts and Bolts . . .

  • 30 credits in major (minimum; 27 must be unique to the major)
  • CLAS gen eds required
  • Expand on ESHR with additional concentration areas, a minor, or a dual major.
    • Check page 4 for the requirements for double majors (including ESHR with TEP), transferring from the HR minor, or combining the ESHR major with the HR or EP minors.
  • 120 total credits for BA
  • Requires cumulative UI GPA is ≥ 2.5 and at least 12 credits earned for admission for current UI students
  • To declare the major, complete the change of college application 
  • Advising assistance: Kathy Mossman (katherine-mossman@uiowa.edu)
  • Program assistance: Kathy Schuh (kathy-schuh@uiowa.edu)

How to choose your ESHR courses:

  1. Choose between ESHR (full curriculum), Education Studies subprogram (ES), or Human Relations subprogram (HR). 
  • Education Studies subprogram - preparation for careers in learning technologies, school district support roles, education policy, assessment and evaluation, education programming and management, organizational learning, and competitive preparation for future graduate study in educational measurement, education policy, learning sciences, educational psychology, higher education, student affairs, and related fields.
  • Human Relations subprogram – preparation for careers in helping fields that rely on interpersonal communication and personal problem solving (e.g., addiction, case management) and competitive preparation for future graduate study in professional counseling, health-service psychology, couple and family therapy, community leadership, and related fields.
  1. If you wish, select an informal concentration area within a subprogram to help you build a cohesive program of study or create a concentration area of your own by choosing courses that fit your career goals.  Choose these courses in consultation with an advisor.

Core Course Requirements

Take all of these courses:

PSQF:1075

Educational Psychology and Measurement

EDTL:2015

Teaching as a Human Endeavor

EPLS:3000

Foundations of Education

CSED:4199

Counseling for Related Professions

Diversity/Multicultural Requirements

Take one of the following courses:

EPLS:1240

Finding Your Path in Higher Education

PSQF:3104

Multicultural Counseling and Psychology

EPLS:4180

Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher

CSED:4197

Citizenship in a Multicultural Society

ESHR Electives

Choose 15 s.h. including at least two different College of Education disciplines (first four letters of the course numbers, e.g., EDTL, EPLS, CSED, PSQF). Most classes are 3 s.h.; consult the University Catalog for descriptions.

Full ESHR Course Offerings

KSI

SSI

SCS

ES

LD

LDM

DE

HR

CF

TIA

offered

CSED:2081

Making a Vocational-Educational Choice

 

 

SCS

 

 

 

 

HR

 

 

F,S,Su

CSED:4110

Psychology of Food and Mood

 

SSI

 

 

 

 

 

HR

 

 

F,S,Su

CSED:4130

Human Sexuality

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HR

CF

 

F,S

CSED:4131

Loss, Death, and Bereavement

KSI

 

 

 

 

 

 

HR

 

TIA

F,S

CSED:4141

Helping Skills for Community Settings

KSI

 

SCS

 

 

 

 

HR

CF

TIA

Su

CSED:4173

Trauma Across the Lifespan

KSI

 

 

 

 

 

 

HR

CF

TIA

F,S

CSED:4176

Child Abuse: Assessent Intervntn Advocy

KSI

 

 

 

 

 

 

HR

 

TIA

F,S,Su

CSED:4180

Topical Seminar for Helping Professionals (depending on topic) 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HR

 

 

 

CSED:4195

Ethics in Human Relations & Counseling

 

SSI

SCS

 

 

 

 

HR

CF

 

F,S,Su

CSED:4197

Citizenship in a Multicultural Society

KSI1

SSI1

 

ES1

 

 

DE1

HR*

 

 

F,S,Su

EDTL:2122

Create, Imagine, Play, Human Dev in Arts

KSI

 

 

ES

 

LDM

       

F,S

EDTL:2630

Introduction to the Psychology of Music

 

 

 

ES

LD

         

F,S

EDTL:3002

Teaching and Learning Technologies

 

 

 

ES

 

LDM

       

F,S

EDTL:3187

Early Literacy Instr for Young Children

KSI

 

SCS

ES

LD

 

DE

     

F

EDTL:3382

Language and Learning

 

 

 

ES

LD

 

DE

     

F,S

EDTL:3393

Reading & Teaching Adolescent Literature

 

 

 

ES

LD

 

DE

     

F,S

EDTL:3715

Experiential Teaching and Learning

 

SSI

 

ES

LD

LDM

 

 

 

 

S

EDTL:4093

Teaching/Learning for Global Perspectives

 

 

 

ES

   

DE

     

S

EDTL:4096

Topics in Teaching and Learning 2

 

 

 

ES

     

HR

   

F,S

EDTL:4355

Approaches to Teaching Writing

 

 

 

ES

LD

         

F,S

EDTL:4900

Foundations of Special Education

KSI

SSI

 

ES

LD

         

F,S,Su

EPLS:1240

Finding Your Path in Higher Education

 

 

SCS1

ES1

 

 

DE1

 

 

 

F,S

EPLS:2098

The Student Affairs Profession

 

 

SCS

ES

 

 

 

 

 

 

F,S

EPLS:3240

Undergraduate Topics in Education 2

 

 

 

ES

 

 

DE

HR

 

 

 

EPLS:4180

Human Relations for the Classroom Teachr

 

 

 

ES1

 

 

DE1

HR1

 

 

F,S,Su

EPLS:4200

Diversity and Inclusion in Athletics

 

SSI

SCS

ES

 

 

DE

 

 

 

F

PSQF:2115

Introduction to Counseling Psychology

 

 

 

       

HR

 

TIA

F,S

PSQF:2116

Applied Child and Adolescent Psychology

KSI

 

 

       

HR

CF

TIA

S

PSQF:3104

Multicultural Counseling and Psychology

KSI1

 

SCS1

ES1

 

 

DE1

HR1

 

 

S

PSQF:3333

Special Topics in Psych & Quant Foundations (depending on topic) 2

KSI3

 

 

ES

 

LDM

 

HR

   

 

PSQF:3700

Intro to Trauma and Resilience

KSI

 

 

ES

   

DE

HR

 

TIA

F,S

PSQF:4106

Child Development

KSI

SSI

 

ES

LD

 

DE

HR

   

S

PSQF:4133

The Adolescent and Young Adult

KSI

SSI

 

ES

LD

 

DE

HR

   

F

PSQF:4134

Parent-Teacher Communication

KSI

 

 

       

HR

   

F,S

PSQF:4136

Home/School/Community Partnerships

KSI

SSI

 

       

HR

   

S

PSQF:4143

Introduction to Statistical Methods

 

 

 

ES

     

HR

   

F,S

PSQF:4145

Marriage and Family Interaction

 

 

 

       

HR

CF

 

S

PSQF:4162

Introduction to Couple & Family Therapy

KSI

 

 

       

HR

CF

 

F,S

PSQF:4281

Cognitive Principles: How People Learn

 

 

 

ES

LD

LDM

 

 

 

 

F

PSQF:4760

Participatory Learning and Media

 

 

 

ES

 

LDM

       

S

PSQF:4910

Theories of Family Development

KSI

 

 

 

 

 

 

HR

CF

TIA

 

1If not used to meet the Diversity/Multicultural Requirement

2Emphasis area depends on topic.  Approved for EPLS:3240 Belize. 

3Cognitive Principles for How People Learn

KSI K-12 Student Interventions; SCS Supporting College Students; SSI Sports, Society, and Inclusion; ES Education Studies; LD Learning and Development; LDM Learning, Design & Media; DE Diversity Education; HR Human Relations; CF Couples and Family; TIA Trauma Informed Advocacy;

Making ESHR work with another major or minor

ESHR requires only 30 credits in the major, so it’s easily paired with one of the minors offered through the College of Education (Educational Psychology or Human Relations) or a major or minor from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Through this process, you can build on ESHR to meet your academic and career goals. Just remember,

  • At most, three credits may be counted towards both majors, or the major and minor unless otherwise specified (i.e., see ESHR and TEP). 
  • The ESHR major must include at least 27 unique course credits not counted elsewhere unless otherwise specified (i.e., see ESHR and TEP).  
  • No general education credits can be double counted in the ESHR major.  Here are the gen ed requirements: http://catalog.registrar.uiowa.edu/liberal-arts-sciences/general-education-program/ 

 

ESHR major with Educational Psychology (EP) or Human Relations (HR) minor

  • The EP minor and the HR minor each include 15 s.h. of course work (check the University Catalog for specifics and requirements).
  • One course from the major and the minor may be double counted.
  • That means, a minor must include at least 12 credits that are not also counted towards the major. 
  • Doing the math – if you want the ESHR major plus an HR or EP minor, you will complete 42 unique credits (30 for ESHR, 15 for the minor, less 3 credits allowed to be double counted).

 

ESHR and Teacher Education Program Double Major

  • You may double count the following courses if pursing a double major with ESHR and TEP:  PSQF:1075, EPLS:3000, and EPLS:4180. 
  • You may not double count any other courses that overlap between the two majors, thus allowing you to add competencies to your skill set. 

 

Transferring from the Human Relations (or the Educational Psychology minor) to the ESHR Major

  • While the HR minor is a great addition to any major, a double major may better position you for graduate school, in particular, if you are interested in a helping profession.  The ESHR major is designed to make that transition from the HR minor to the ESHR major straightforward. 
  • Any courses that you have taken towards the HR minor will be used to meet ESHR required or elective course requirements.  These courses cannot be used to replace required courses with different course numbers. 
  • Your advisor will have to place these accepted classes into your program of student on an individual basis.
  • The HR minor will be removed from your program of study when you enroll in the ESHR major.    
  • If you want to have an ESHR major plus an HR (or EP minor), you will complete 42 unique credits (see above).

 

Enrolling in ESHR by changing colleges

If you are a current UI student and would like to change your major to ESHR complete the following steps

  • Make sure that your cumulative UI GPA is at least a 2.5 and you have completed at least 12 semester hours of graded undergraduate course work.  If your GPA falls short, see the admission appeal process. 
  • Access the Change of College Application
  • Select College of Education / Education Studies and Human Relations from the drop-down menu.
  • Select the session you would like the change to become effective.
  • Provide answers to the supplemental questions for the selected program.
  • Submit the application.
  • Once you’re notified that you have been accepted into the major, please contact your advisor (University Academic Advising Center if you have less than 30 s.h. or Kathy Mossman, ESHR advisor, if you have completed more than 30 than s.h.). 

 

Admission appeal process

If you are interested in declaring ESHR as your major, but your UI cumulative GPA is less than 2.5, you may appeal to be admitted.  Be aware that all appeals are not granted – the goal in the appeal process is to provide students who may have had extenuating circumstances that contributed to their lower GPA the opportunity to share that information and have it be part of the admissions decision process.  Our goal in the College of Education is to admit students who we believe will be successful- meaning they will make good progress towards graduation, will graduate, and will do so without being placed on academic probation.  If you would like to have your admissions into the ESHR major considered while you have a lower GPA, complete the following steps. 

  • Send a letter to Kathy Schuh, Director of ESHR. This can be a formal letter attached to an email or a formal email.
  • In the letter say you would like to petition to be admitted to ESHR with a cumulative UI GPA of [include your GPA].
  • Give a little explanation of why you’d like to be admitted to ESHR. Why do you feel that it is a good major for you?
  • Share any information that you’d like about circumstances or situations that have come into play in your college career at the University of Iowa that may have made it a challenge for you to get a higher GPA.  Realize that we are not looking for an excuse but trying to figure out if there is something that might have made it difficult for you to work to your full potential. 
  • Indicate how you will push ahead so that your GPA will improve during the next semester.  In other words, explain why the GPA will not be an issue for your continued success.  For this you should be specific – what types of things will you do differently so you can have a different academic outcome?
  • You may be invited to an interview (in person or via zoom) with either the ESHR director, ESHR advisor, or both. 
  • You will be notified via email regarding the appeal decision. 

Contact Us!

General inquiries can be addressed to coe-eshr@uiowa.edu or the Director of Education Studies and Human Relations, Kathy Schuh.

Current students interested in changing majors or adding the ESHR major should contact Kathy Mossman, Academic Advisor.