Major in Educational Studies

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.

Careers for educational studies majors

Students completing the educational studies program often enter graduate programs and pursue careers in these vocations:

  • Child development or child life specialist
  • Private or public school educator
  • Speech pathologist
  • Camp director
  • Student life/higher education administrator
  • Children and youth ministry roles
  • Educational policy advocate
  • Nonprofit manager

Educational studies courses

Nature of Learning Disabilities

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Scholarly Reading and Writing in Education

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

What our students say

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“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

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s education faculty represent decades of study and real-world expertise.

  • Michael E. Jennings
    Title:

    Professor of Education

    Michael E. Jennings

    Michael E. Jennings
    Title:

    Professor of Education

    Phone Number: 8642942461

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  • Katie Kelly
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Education; Coord., Literacy Education

    Kelly

    Katie Kelly
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Education; Coord., Literacy Education

    Phone Number: 8642943345

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  • George Lipscomb
    Title:

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

    Lipscomb

    George Lipscomb
    Title:

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

    Phone Number: 8642943397

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  • Judy Stuart
    Title:

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

    Judy Stuart

    Judy Stuart
    Title:

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

    Phone Number: 8642943381

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  • Michael Svec
    Title:

    Professor of Education

    Svec

    Michael Svec
    Title:

    Professor of Education

    Phone Number: 8642943380

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  • FAQ

    What can you do with an educational studies degree?

    The educational studies major is designed for students seeking careers working with children and youth in environments other than a traditional classroom setting. Our graduates often go to graduate school and pursue fields such as child development, private and public education, speech pathology, camp directorship, student life/higher education administration, children and youth ministry, educational policy advocacy, and nonprofit management. Some of our graduates have landed employment in hospitals, in faith-based organizations, clinical settings or in local or state government agencies.

    What is the average salary for educational studies majors?

    The annual average salary for educational studies majors is $52,000, according to payscale.com.

    How long does it take to earn an educational studies degree?

    The educational studies B.A. at Furman is a four-year program.

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