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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 fully as educational stakeholders and leaders 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

For course descriptions and requirements for the major, refer to the Academic Bulletin.

Courses that fulfill distribution requirements

Social Sciences (Division II):
All EDST courses count towards the Social Sciences (Division II) distribution requirement.

U.S. Diversity:
EDST 120, Contemporary Issues in American Education
EDST 130, History of American Education

Writing in the Discipline (WID):
EDST 260, Introduction to Educational Research

Suggested curricular flow through the major

First Year:
EDST 120 (spring only) or 130 (fall only) and 140

Second Year:
EDST 250 and 260 plus two non-departmental electives

Third Year:
EDST 300 or 310 (both fall only)

Fourth Year:
Two EDST 300-level electives and 470

Co-curricular activities/programs

Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education, was founded in 1911 and is one of the oldest discipline-specific honor societies in the United States. 

Educational Studies majors and minors are eligible for membership in Dickinson's chapter of Kappa Delta Pi after they have completed at least eight Dickinson courses and have declared their Educational Studies major or minor. In accordance with the Kappa Delta Pi bylaws, eligibility is based on academic grade point average and education-related service.

For more information, see the Student Organizations section of the Academic Bulletin.

Opportunities for off-campus study

Educational Studies majors are 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).  Through the Center for Global Study and Engagement  at Dickinson, the department has identified the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen as the primary study abroad site for our students.  Appropriate coursework taken at DIS-Copenhagen will transfer toward the Educational Studies 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 or law
  •     education-related non-profit sector
  •     government or public service