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Educational Studies Program

What is Educational Studies?

  • An undergraduate degree program that is a platform for becoming an educational entrepreneur.
  • A dynamic series of college courses, a focused minor, service learning experiences and a capstone internship.
  • A toolkit of knowledge and skills necessary for designing effective learning environments and delivering instruction in a variety of "not so ordinary" settings.
  • A pathway to creating educational and societal change outside the traditional classroom.

Where Might I be Employed?

Our educational entrepreneurs have the opportunity to engage in service learning and intern at a variety of places:

  • Art, Archaeology, History & Science Museums
  • University Residence Life/Student Affairs
  • Youth Development Agencies
  • Tutoring and ACT/SAT Prep Agencies
  • Hospitals and Healthcare
  • Religious Institutions
  • Zoos and Environmental Centers
  • Juvenile Justice Organizations

Why Major in Educational Studies?

Many industries need individuals skilled in teaching others as well as developing, designing and evaluating learning experiences. This degree prepares students for these diverse, entrepreneurial, learning jobs found in the world beyond K-12 education.

How Does the Educational Studies Major Prepare Me?

Students choose one of four areas of concentration:

Arts Education, Disability Studies, Language & Literacy, or Teaching & Learning

Students select from over 50 minors offered by USA to develop additional expertise.

Additionally, service learning and internship requirements tailored to students' goals provide real- world experience and networking prior to graduation.

(Upon completion of the undergraduate Educational Studies degree, students may choose to apply to enter the K-12 teaching profession through the alternative master's degree programs.)

Course of Study


Pamela James, Academic Advisor II
Ph: (251) 380-2862
Fax: (251) 380-2758
Advises: K-6 Teacher Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, Early Childhood Studies, Educational Studies