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

SOC 331

Community Engagement & Change


An examination of community engagement through a range of theoretical lenses. After interrogating constructions of "community," "service," and "civic engagement," we will explore the ways in which topics such as social justice, civic engagement, empowerment, diversity, and the…

EDU 291

Data in Education


Educational data and quantitative data analyses have come to play a powerful role in the way we govern our schools. In this course, students will learn to be critical consumers and skilled producers of such analyses. In the…

POL 305

Education for Leadership


This course examines the proper political and moral education of aspiring leaders in works by Plato, Machiavelli, and Shakespeare.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought requirement.