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.


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

Contact Info


Elizabeth LewisAssociate Professor of Educational Studies

Department Coordinator

Sheri Davis-CordellAcademic Department Coordinator






2nd fl, 57 S College St Mailing Address

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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 EDST department at Dickinson prepared me to have creative and well-planned lessons, to be flexible in the classroom and to get to know my students and their interests as well as understand the importance of having a strong background in the subject matter and curriculum theory. I was able to explore my interests in education at Dickinson, which allowed me to be successful!”

– Alex Gromacki ’18, middle school math teacher, Harford Day School, Bel Air, Maryland

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