The Minor in Educational Studies

sealmugThe 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 typically organized around a thematic core.

Guidelines & Requirements for the Minor in Educational Studies

  • An introductory course in education: Education 199 or Education 201
  • Two courses at the advanced (300) level or higher
  • Three additional electives, no more than two of which may be taken in another department

Also note that one approved course taken off campus may be counted toward the minor, and no more than two courses may be taken at the introductory (100) level.

Program Approval

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. Your program must be approved by your Education Advisor, so it's a good idea to visit the department and ask for an advisor as soon as you think you may be interested in declaring a minor.

To get started, visit the Education office in 106 Weidensall, or contact any faculty member in the department. Ultimately you will need to obtain a signed green form declaring your minor with the Registrar and will also need to provide your Education Advisor with a list of the six courses you would like to include in your minor. You can accomplish that by printing the form below and having your advisor sign it.

Educational Studies Minor Approval Form (pdf)