What is an educational studies degree?

You know how to connect with children and youth, and your passion is teaching – but in ways that make take you beyond the traditional classroom setting. A degree in educational studies from Furman builds on your strengths and develops the skills you’ll need to make a difference in students’ lives, wherever you find them. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.

Why study educational studies at Furman?

Intended to grant opportunities to engage students in the study of education as a field of inquiry, educational studies provides an individualized and integrated pathway aligned within a liberal arts curriculum. A primary outcome of Furman’s educational studies program is giving students an unparalleled foundation for securing graduate school admission or starting a career in a chosen field. Each Furman student will engage in assignments that are meant to sharpen critical thinking, oral and written communication, and problem solving skills. Students can also apply organizational and analytical competencies to shape unique learning environments. Students also have the opportunity to combine their collaborative spirit with an in-depth awareness of social issues facing the world of education. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

How will you learn?

Of the nine education classes required in educational studies, at least six of them require an accompanying engaged learning experience within a wide range of community settings and age or grade levels. An individualized internship tailored to your own field of study or career goals prepares you for what’s next. Three-week May Experience study away programs in Australia/New Zealand and Finland/Czech Republic or a semester-long program overseas invite you to examine education through a global lens.

Featured educational studies courses

  • 50%
    Students who go on to graduate school
  • 86%
    Participate in at least one internship
  • 36%
    Students who double major

What our students say

“I knew I wanted to work with children. At first, I began helping children in the classroom, but then it expanded to stroke patients, NICU care, and accent therapy. Through the Furman Advantage, I was able to gain true hands-on experiences in my field. I enjoyed internships at the Meyer Center for Special Children, Clarity Inc., and North Greenville Hospital and gained experience working with geriatric patients. My field experiences were crucial in my decision to become a speech language pathologist. They helped me not only understand the field I am going into, but I believe they set me apart from other graduate school applicants.”
– Cecile Grapotte ’17

Our faculty

Michael E. Jennings

Professor of Education

Katie Kelly

Associate Professor, Education; Coord., Literacy Education

George Lipscomb

Professor, Education; Coord., Secondary Education; Coord., MAT Program; Social Studies and Geography

Judy Stuart

Associate Professor, Education; Coord., Special Education; Human Development

Michael Svec

Professor of Education
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Educational Studies Major F.A.Q.