Educational Studies

Education has the power to influence lives, empower others and lift a community. And the power of education is not limited to a classroom. The educational studies major and minor are designed for students interested in the area of education in a non-school environment. For you, the possibilities are great.


As a student, you’ll benefit from the diversity of experiences available to you and be surprised by the flexibility of options. Educational studies majors go on to develop educational programs or curriculum and work in various informal learning environments and nonprofit organizations. Many work with youth and underserved populations.


Milwaukee has a strong nonprofit community, and you’ll have the opportunity to be putting what you learn into practice. In your final year, as an Educational Studies major, you’ll have a yearlong internship in a local nonprofit, recreational, or civic organization; as an Educational Studies minor, you will have a semester-long internship. Learn more about community member Julia Magnasco of First Stage and one of our first student interns, Bri Cross, in her placement with SHARP Literacy.


The College of Education is structured so that you graduate with a second major. You’ll also work directly with an adviser to personalize your studies based on career goals. This way, you’ll be fully prepared to leverage your educational studies focus in the area that matters the most to you.

New in 2020: our Counselor Education Counseling Psychology department is proud to offer a new Accelerated Degree Program (ADP) for Educational Studies students interested in becoming school counselors. An ADP allows current Marquette University undergraduate students to continue on for a master's degree after completing their bachelor's degrees. ADP students take classes during their senior year that meet requirements for both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Interested in learning more? Contact Tina McNamara for more details!

Complete the Program On Time

The program is designed to help you complete your degree in four years. In addition to the course work and internship, you’ll participate in service-learning and field study experiences during the first three years of the program.

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