Cultural Foundations of Education is a highly demanding and nationally prominent interdisciplinary graduate program created to support fundamental inquiry into the nature of education. Graduate students draw on the disciplines of history, philosophy, and sociology to analyze issues related to inequality in education. Faculty interests include disability, the relationship of popular culture and mass media to education, race, racism and multiculturalism, identity and difference, democracy and education, intergroup dialogue, theories of knowledge and feminist theory. Our alumni have success finding jobs in higher education, foundations, policy research, school systems, and government agencies.
Cultural Foundations of Education offers an interdisciplinary graduate program emphasizing the study of education as a fundamental human social activity. The program is designed for those who seek a broad education and a disciplinary competence without the constraints of a narrowly specialized graduate program.
The interdisciplinary structure of the program enables you to become familiar with different viewpoints for the evaluation of educational practice and the examination of social policy and education by cutting across the limitations of any single analytic perspective. One is expected to develop an awareness of the complexities, the strengths and the weaknesses of different intellectual approaches to the study of education, and, at the same time, to develop expertise in one of these approaches. One may specialize in gender studies, disability studies, popular culture, history of education, philosophy of education, or sociology of education.
Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education
The Cultural Foundations of Education department supports interdisciplinary work and encourages the use of diverse research approaches including empirical and philosophical work, historical research, and policy analysis. The doctoral degree program is designed so that students both receive a broad education and develop disciplinary tools without being restricted to a narrowly specialized program of study. Students can choose a particular concentration—history of education, philosophy of education, or sociology of education—or they can work between these areas. Within these concentrations, students may want to focus on particular areas of research such as:
• Disability studies
• Popular culture
• Urban education
• Gender and education
• Popular culture
• Race, racism and education
The Department of Cultural Foundations of Education offers two Certificate of Advanced Study options:
•Cultural Foundations of Education
Master of Science in Cultural Foundations of Education
The Master of Science degree program in Cultural Foundations of Education is designed to foster and support fundamental inquiry into the nature of education. Students draw on history, philosophy, sociology and other disciplines to analyze such issues in education as inequality, disability, popular culture, mass media, the philosophy of multiculturalism and racism. ??Graduate students choose Cultural Foundations of Education because each program of study is individually designed. Students may build their work around their own research interests and are encouraged to use diverse research approaches, such as combining philosophical analysis with empirical work or historical research with policy analysis.
Cultural Foundations of Education supports interdisciplinary work and students are encouraged to choose courses from across the broad spectrum of Syracuse University's schools and colleges, including Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the College of Arts and Sciences.??A Master's degree in Cultural Foundations of Education is designed for the student seeking a broad education with disciplinary competence as well as commitments to social purpose and academic excellence.?
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