Educational Studies at Davidson

Our department prepares you to:

  • Understand and apply multiple and conflicting perspectives on education and schooling;
  • Understand how historical events, social forces, and moral principles related to democratic institutions can inform and direct schooling practice, leadership, and governance;
  • Understand the full significance of diversity in a democratic society and how that bears on curriculum and instruction, school and community leadership, and state and national governance;
  • Analyze critically both historical and current educational policies and practices at national, state, and local levels, and their impacts on teaching, learning, and the assessment of P-16 students.
  • Prepare students who plan to enter graduate school in various education-related fields, such as school psychology, speech pathology, educational policy, education law, etc.
  • Fulfill the needs of students who are interested in the academic study of educational history, sociology, psychology, theory, and policy.

Educational Studies Minor

The minor, offered by our department, can also fulfill your interest in the academic study of educational history, sociology, psychology, theory, and policy. 

Educational Studies Interdisciplinary Major

An educational studies major is available through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

Courses You Might Take

EDU 385

Race, Families, and Inequality


The family that you're born into profoundly shapes your life chances. Drawing on theoretical frameworks from sociology, political science, and psychology we will learn how family background and other non-school factors shape unequal educational experiences and outcomes in…

EDU 361

Bilingualism & Schooling


In this community-based learning course, students will devote time inside of class and in the local community to scholarly research and evidence-based practices for supporting the literacy development of immigrant school-aged children. Students will learn about the experiences…

EDU 208

Comp & International Education


This course introduces students to the comparative study of educational institutions and cultures in India, Chile, the UAE, China, Northern Ireland, and the United States.  We will examine a number of issues, including but not limited to:  The…