The educational studies major provides students with the opportunity to study the discipline of education as it relates to other liberal arts disciplines. Educational studies fosters within students a deep understanding of the complexity of education and schooling as well as an ability to think critically about the ways in which education intersects with a broad range of social, cultural, political and economic forces. Using multiple lenses to study the psychological and social foundations of education in both contemporary and historical contexts, educational studies majors are prepared to participate in the decision making required as stakeholders in the educational processes within our society.

Courses appropriate for prospective majors

EDST 120, Contemporary Issues in American Education
EDST 130, History of American Education
EDST 140, Educational Psychology

Courses that fulfill distribution requirements

Div. II:
All EDST courses count towards the Division II distribution requirement.

US Diversity:
EDST 120, Contemporary Issues in American Education; EDST 130, History of American Education

EDST 260, Introduction to Educational Research

Suggested curricular flow through the major

First Year:
120 or 130 and 140

Second Year:
250 and 260 plus Two Non-Departmental Electives

Third Year:
300 or 310

Fourth Year:
Two EDST 300-level electives and 470

Opportunities for off-campus study

Educational Studies majors will be encouraged to study abroad, taking coursework that informs them of the education systems in the countries in which they are studying and to seek out internships in education that might include both school and non-school settings (such as museums). The department is working with the Center for Global Study and Engagement to identify sites for our students as well as coursework that will be appropriate to transfer toward the elective requirements.

Additional Remarks

Educational studies majors choose one of two possible concentrations.

Concentration in Teaching and Learning
This concentration prepares students for:

  •     teaching in private schools
  •     teaching in non-school settings such as museums, child care centers,                 environmental centers
  •     post-baccalaureate or graduate teacher certification programs
  •     graduate studies in fields such as educational psychology, school psychology,     guidance counseling

Concentration in Education and Society
This concentration provides a foundation for those with career or graduate studies interests in areas related to:

  •     educational policy
  •     educational funding
  •     school law.

Educational Studies majors and minors are eligible for membership in an honors society, Kappa Delta Pi, after they have completed at least eight Dickinson courses and have declared their education major or minor.  For more information, see the Student Organizations section of the Academic Bulletin.