Barbara Applebaum, Chair, 363 Huntington Hall, 315-443-3343, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Each program is individually designed, allowing students to work with their advisors to build their own program around their research interests. This may include courses from other Syracuse University programs and colleges, including the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and the College of Arts and Sciences. At the same time, cohorts of students take courses in the department together so that students share a common vocabulary.
Faculty members are well-known in their fields and actively engaged in ongoing research. The department’s outstanding graduate students collaborate with faculty in research, publishing, and professional activities. The department regularly sponsors opportunities for students and faculty to share their work, discuss current issues, or read and critique current articles. There is a strong emphasis on community amongst scholars.
The 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 and race, racism and education.