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Social and Cultural Studies in Education

Ph.D. in Social & Cultural Studies in Education at KU

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The Ph.D. in social and cultural studies in education* at the University of Kansas School of Education and Human Sciences considers educational phenomena from perspectives developed in such disciplines as history, philosophy and the social sciences. Topics addressed include social inequality along race, ethnicity, gender, class and other dimensions of dissimilarity, multiculturalism, the historical background to existing problems, the ethics of education, and enduring debates in educational thought. Students and faculty in SCSE at KU study these and other questions in a wide range of formal and informal educational settings, in systems of education across the United States and around the world, and, conceptually, in the writings of educational theorists, philosophers, and other scholars.

Students are required to define a cognate area of study outside of SCSE, either within or outside of the School of Education and Human Sciences, along with appropriate research courses.

KU's Ph.D. in social and cultural studies in education is supported by ties to the university's strong social science and humanities programs in history, philosophy and sociology, along with American studies, economics, political science, anthropology and public administration. Students may also take cognate courses in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching and other departments in the School of Education and Human Sciences, as well as the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Feel free to investigate these programs to explore points of emphasis and cognate plans of study that may be of interest. For detailed information regarding the Ph.D program, concentrations, and degree requirements, please click here. If you have questions, please contact Argun Saatcioglu (argun@ku.edu), associate professor, before applying to the program.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Customizable & Flexible Curriculum - Coursework reflects the needs & aspirations of each student, and prepares researchers, teachers and educational leaders for a variety of settings.
  • Program Reputation - KU's Ph.D. in Social & Cultural Studies in Education is offered through the KU School of Education and Human Sciences, which was recently ranked 8th in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report's Best Public Education Schools.
  • Vibrant Campus Environment - In the heart of the United States, the city of Lawrence revolves around the University and its students. Learn more about Joseph R. Pearson Hall.
  • Graduate Student Funding - A degree from the KU School of Education and Human Sciences will be one of the best investments you can make in yourself. Let us help you afford it.

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*This program is a doctor of philosophy in educational leadership and policy with an emphasis in social and cultural studies in education.


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Graduate Teaching Assistantship

Graduate Teaching Assistant(s) needed to teach the following:

  • ELPS 301. Educational Technology in Elementary-Middle Education. 3 Hours.
  • ELPS 302. Educational Technology in Middle/Secondary Education. 3 Hours.
  • ELPS 250. Education and Society. 3 Hours. AE41/AE51.

Learn more & apply here. (pdf)