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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

– Nelson Mandela

Educational Studies

The educational studies major will provide you 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, as an educational studies major you will be prepared to participate in the decision making required as a stakeholder in the educational processes within our society.

Concentration in Teaching and Learning

This concentration prepares you 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

Contact Info


Elizabeth LewisAssociate Professor of Educational Studies

Department Coordinator

Sheri Davis-CordellAcademic Department Coordinator






2nd fl, 57 S College St Mailing Address

Department Features

Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here


  • Blue Engine 
  • Chewonki Foundation
  • City Squash
  • Deloitte
  • Harford Day School
  • JET Program (Japan)
  • TAPIF - Teaching Assistant Program in France
  • Teach for America
  • Two Rivers Public Charter School

Graduate Schools

  • George Washington
  • Johns Hopkins
  • New York University
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Vanderbilt
  • Villanova
Where Our Students Have Interned
  • Breakthrough Collaborative
  • Educational Testing Service
  • The Franklin Institute
  • Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary
  • Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Rome
  • Children's Defense Fund
  • John's Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Rhode Island
  • Explo at Yale
  • Loomis Chaffee School
  • Oregon State Senate

Student Perspective

“The professors within the educational studies department are so caring and genuinely want to get to know each of the students involved in the program. I have made so many friends within the major and feel extremely supported by the faculty”

– Lilian Gittines ’24

Educational Studies News

Educational Studies Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2024

Educational Studies Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2024

Educational studies majors secure jobs at New York City Autism Charter School and Pennsylvania College Advising Corps.

Dickinson to Host Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, One of Time

Dickinson to Host Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, One of Time's 100 Most Influential People

Nyirumbe will deliver lecture addressing the effects of gender-based violence and how to find hope.

Student Snapshot: Lilian Gittines ’24

Student Snapshot: Lilian Gittines ’24

Meet Lilian Gittines ’24, an educational studies major who plays the violin in Dickinson’s string quartet.

Student Snapshot: Mary Howe ’23 

Student Snapshot: Mary Howe ’23 

Mary Howe ’23 has conducted student-faculty research and served a summer internship in Germany.

Student Snapshot: Alvaro Munoz

Student Snapshot: Alvaro Munoz '24 

“Dickinson faculty members are truly committed to your success,” says Alvaro Munoz ’24, an L.A. native who's paying it forward as a peer mentor and future educator.

Student Snapshot: Mai Le ’25

Student Snapshot: Mai Le ’25

“It's great to try something new. We can all learn from one another,” says Mai Le ’25, an educational-studies and psychology double major from Hanoi, Vietnam.