University of California, Irvine

School of Humanities

Culture and Theory - PhD


UC Irvine Graduate Division

University of California

Irvine, CA 92697

United States


(949) 824-5544


(949) 824-7993

Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The PhD in Culture and Theory provides a strong theoretical & critical approach to race, gender & sexuality studies. Using the strengths of critical theory at UCI & the Inter-disciplinary programs & departments in African American, Chicano/Latino Studies, Asian American, Critical Theory & Women’s Studies, this is an interdisciplinary degree that uses a problem-oriented rather than a disciplinary approach to issues of race, gender & sexuality in relation to diasporas, transnational & post-colonial contexts, all of which are broadly based in the humanities, social sciences & arts.

Culture and Theory fits into the broad trend of new interdisciplinary programs that have emerged on the national & international scene, yet retains an important distinction that builds on the particular strength & reputation of the humanities.  It has the distinct mission of setting into systematic dialogue critical theory & cultural studies, through gender, race, & sexuality studies. Our distinctiveness is that, unlike other interdisciplinary PhD in the humanities & social sciences, the goal is to examine  the intersections of Critical Theory with race, sexuality & gender studies through a problem-oriented approach. The PhD is part of these new developments but also utilizes existing strengths at UCI.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

International Student Requirements:

TOEFL or IELTS scores are also required for applicant's who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents & whose primary language is not English.(If you completed all of the requirements for a high school diploma, bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree in a country where the primary and dominant language is English and English was the language of instruction of the school where the requirements were completed.) Our campus greatly values the participation of international students in our graduate programs and we welcome such applications. However, many financial aid programs are limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. International students pay out-of-state tuition throughout the duration of their degree program. However, after advancing to candidacy (usually in the third or fourth year of the program), tuition is reduced by 75 percent. We also recommend that international applicants apply to their government for support.

Facts & Figures

In State Tuition (per year): 14944 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 30046 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Tuition assistance is available through student loans

Locale: Midsize City

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