Educational Policy and Practice

The Nexus in Educational Policy and Practice is intended to provide students with an opportunity to conduct a cross-disciplinary exploration of an education-related topic. The multidisciplinary nature of the Nexus offers varied perspectives on contemporary contexts and historical moments that shape and define knowledge, behavior, structures, organizations, and policies both in and out of educational settings. Examples of these varied perspectives include Education: Policy and Politics; Philosophy and the Child; International Education; Women and Leadership; Education and the Arts; Environmental Education.

Track Chair

Professor Sarah Frenette
Psychology and Education 


Courses may be chosen from the list of faculty-approved courses for your Nexus track, in consultation with your academic advisor and the Nexus track chair. You are not limited to the courses on these lists, however. If you identify another Mount Holyoke or Five College course relevant to the Nexus track, you can ask permission of the Nexus track chair to allow you to count the course toward your Nexus.

Example Program

Samira cares deeply about urban education and ultimately wants to be involved in creating federal education policy. She might begin with Educational Studies 215, Ideas and Ideals in Public Education, and Educational Studies 260, Mission and Market: Higher Education, followed by the pre and post courses around a summer internship with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. Her last course could be Politics 313, Politics of Poverty.