The educational studies major encourages an examination of the big liberal arts questions from the perspective of those immersed in the discipline of education. Students review the history of educational thought and institutions of formal learning; analyze cultural and gender issues; examine theories related to diversity; and read and critique epistemological and ontological ideas from both ancient and contemporary philosophers.
In addition, students investigate how one comes to know and the various ways in which learning occurs, especially through exposure to literature and the arts. Students also examine the multiple purposes for schooling and explore issues and theories related to ethics and a moral life.
These ideas are interesting and provocative in and of themselves. The concepts students learn will help them be informed citizens and parents, and their experiences will provoke them to reflect on their own lives as well as their connection to others.
In addition, the educational studies major is a gateway to a number of graduate school options. For those students intending to seek teaching certification or participate in Teach for America after graduating from Transylvania, the major provides a philosophic and historical grounding. Students anticipating a career in law or politics can launch their service with a deep understanding of educational issues. The program provides an essential foundation for those planning to become school guidance counselors, school nurses, or social workers. And, finally, those wishing to become educational policy theorists, or educational philosophers or historians, will find this major excellent preparation for their future graduate studies.