Education, Ph.D.
(Cultural Studies and Literacies)

Program of Studies

Updated August 2015

Click here for the POS for the Fall 2013 and Fall 2014 Cohorts

The following text illustrates a program of studies (POS) for the Ph.D. in Education degree, Cultural Studies and Literacies (CSL) strand with a program completion goal of four years. CSL doctoral students are given quite a bit of flexibility and assistance to declare concentration areas and develop pertinent knowledge claims through the POS process. More specifically, CSL doctoral students work very closely from day one with their advisors to ensure that all coursework will be considered appropriate for their academic aspirations. The POS must include at least 54 credit hours (excluding dissertation credits). In addition, CSL doctoral students must enroll in at least nine (9) credit hours each semester to be considered as having full-time enrollment status.

The general concentration areas are:

  • Cultural Studies
  • Critical Literacies
  • Qualitative Research
  • Social Foundations
  • Critical Multicultural Education
  • English Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Social Studies

Required and Recommended / Elective Courses

Required Core Courses for the Ph.D. in Education
EDUC 710 Statistical Analysis of Educational Data I 4 hrs
EDUC 830 Field Techniques 3 hrs
MISC One advanced research methods, any type
(i.e., quantitative, qualitative, mixed)
EDUC 867 Issues in Ed Policy and Research 3 hrs
*EDUC XXX Histories of Schooling: Culture, Curriculum, and Change 3 hrs
*EDUC XXX Development and Learning 3 hrs

*EDUC XXX indicates course for which a permanent number is not yet assigned

Recommended Elective CSL Courses

Students can also take courses from other strands in the Ph.D. program, as well as courses offered in other academic departments across campus.

EDUC 758 Immigration and Education 3 hrs
EDUC 764 Current Issues in Literacy 3 hrs
EDUC 769 Latin@s and Education 3 hrs
EDUC 772 Educational Sociology 3 hrs
EDUC 774 Social and Educational History of the United States 3 hrs
EDUC 776 Gender, Race & Class in Education 3 hr
EDUC 779 Contemporary Philosophies of Democratic Schooling 3 hrs
EDUC 868 Advanced Qualitative Methods 3 hrs
EDUC 877 Critical Multicultural Education 3 hrs
EDUC 878 Metaethnography 3 hrs
EDUC 904 Exploring Representations of Education in Popular Culture 3 hrs
EDUC 906 Education of African Americans 3 hrs
EDUC 913 Language, Identity & Power 3 hrs
EDUC 970 Applied Theory & Research Methods 3 hrs
EDUC 973 School Experiences of Men of Color 3 hrs
EDUC 974 Exploring Critical Social Theory Through Media 3 hrs

Example of a Program of Studies

Year 1 / Semester 1 (Fall)
EDUC 867 Issues in Educational Policy and Research 3 hrs
Choose 2 courses from:
EDUC 769 Latin@s and Education 3 hrs
EDUC 776 Gender, Race & Class in Education 3 hrs
EDUC 877 Critical Multicultural Education 3 hrs
EDUC 906 Education of African Americans 3 hrs
Year 1 / Semester 2 (Spring)
EDUC 830 Field Techniques 3 hrs
EDUC 774 Social and Educational History of the United States 3 hrs
Choose 1 course from:
EDUC 764 Current Issues in Literacy 3 hrs
EDUC 904 Exploring Representations of Education in Popular Culture 3 hrs
Year 2 / Semester 1 (Fall)
EDUC 710 Statistical Analysis of Educational Data 1 3 hrs
EDUC 868 Advanced Qualitative Methods 3 hrs
Choose 1 course from:
EDUC 769 Latin@s and Education 3 hrs
EDUC 877 Critical Multicultural Education 3 hrs
EDUC 913 Language, Identity & Power 3 hrs
Year 2 / Semester 2 (Spring)
EDUC 970 Applied Theory & Research Methods 3 hrs
Choose 2 courses from:
EDUC 758 Immigration and Education 3 hrs
EDUC 772 Educational Sociology 3 hrs
EDUC 974 Exploring Critical Social Theory Through Media 3 hrs
Year 3 / Semester 1 (Fall)
EDUC 779 Contemporary Philosophies of Democratic Schooling 3 hrs
EDUC 825 Development and Learning 3 hrs
Choose 1 course from:
EDUC 769 Latin@s and Education 3 hrs
EDUC 776 Gender, Race & Class in Education 3 hrs
EDUC 877 Critical Multicultural Education 3 hrs
Year 3 / Semester 2 (Spring)

These are not required, and you can choose other related courses besides these:

EDUC 878 Metaethnography 3 cr
EDUC 906 Education of African Americans 3 hrs
EDUC 973 School Experiences of Men of Color 3 hrs