The Minor in Educational Studies is designed to help students explore education as a social and cultural phenomenon by applying historical, psychological, and philosophical lenses to their investigation of its many iterations and forms. Students completing a minor in Educational Studies are well prepared to pursue teaching in graduate school or through alternative licensure programs after leaving Gettysburg, and are also well prepared to explore other opportunities in the field of education after graduation.
The minor is also designed to engage students in social policy issues related to education and to help students become more informed citizens by developing their understanding of the complexity of education as both a formal process and as a cultural phenomenon. The exact program of study for each minor is designed in consultation with a faculty advisor and includes six courses organized around a thematic core. At least one course must be taken at the 300 level or higher and up to two courses offered in other departments may be approved by the Education Department as part of the minor program, including courses taken abroad. All students completing a minor are expected to begin their programs of study in Education 209 (Foundations of Education) or in Education 201 (Educational Psychology).
Courses that are included in the minor program of study must have a substantial focus on education as a formal process or on issues related to education. For clarification of these guidelines, please contact any member of the faculty of the Education Department. Follow the link below to access the most recently approved guidelines for Educational Studies minors.