The Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a Concentration in Cultural Foundations focuses on theoretical and policy issues related to educational practice. The program is concerned with the breadth and depth of what is fundamental to educational practice — its ideology, philosophical assumptions, and moral claims — and is grounded in the study of education and culture with a particular interest in the integration of social analysis, cultural analysis, and praxis.
Graduates develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for investigating, understanding, and shaping the dynamic relations among students, institutions of higher education, and society.
The program is designed for students who wish to develop a critical analysis about concerns related to the relationship between culture and education and intend to apply their knowledge in a variety of contexts/learning spaces.
Students will have the opportunity to engage in research alongside faculty, present and attend conferences, write for publication, serve in various associations or committees on campus, and pursue different opportunities fitting to their research interests and career goals.
Suggested foundational courses:
ELC 705: Foundations of Critical Theory
ELC 706: History of Education in the United States
ELC 707: Philosophies in Education
ELC 708: Educational Sociology: Race, Class, and Gender Power Dynamics
ELC 709: Introduction to Critical Pedagogy
Upon completion of the program students can expect to successfully transition into roles as a professor, a director of a program in higher education, director of a non-profit, a community educator, and many more.
Degree Type: Doctoral
College/School: School of Education
Program Type: Concentration
Class Type: In Person
Dr. Silvia Bettez
358 School of Education Building