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College of Education

Cultural Studies Courses and Timelines


The following suggested timeline is included for the benefit of assisting CSSTE doctoral students to be mindful and responsible for meeting deadlines. Traditionally, many faculty are not compensated for their services during the summer and therefore concentrate on their own scholarship. Students should plan accordingly to do their preliminary examination, D1, or D2 during the scheduled academic session.

*Prior to actual and/or suggested deadlines, a minimum of two (2) weeks delivery to chair and committee members is required of, but not limited to, contracts, programs of study, proposals, and three (3) weeks for dissertations.

Course of study

Minimum 45 graded credits plus minimum 20 dissertation hours, 7 graded or non-graded = 72 hours

The course of study for the Doctor of Philosophy specialization in Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education is rigorous, flexible and individually tailored. Work with your advisor/program of study chair to plan a course of study that is intellectually coherent and relevant to your needs and interests.

The following is a break down of core, cognate, and research requirements and recommendations for the Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Cultural Studies and Social Thought. It is anticipated that completion of the degree will average four years.

Core 15 credits                                                               Credits
CSSTE 531  Cultural Studies in Education                        3
CSSTE 532  Gender, Power, and Education                     3
CSSTE 533  Race, Identity, and Representation              3
CSSTE 534  Social Theory in Education                            3
CSSTE 530  Readings in CSSTE                                           3

Research 15 credits
EdRes 562  Epistemology, Inquiry and Representation 3
EdRes 563  Principles of Doctoral Research                    3
EdRes 564  Qualitative Research                                       3
EdRes 565  Quantitative Research                                    3

Advanced Research 3 credits minimum
CSSTE 544   Discourse Analysis                                         3
CSSTE 545   Critical Ethnography                                      3
EdRes 569  Arts-Based Research                                      3

Cognate 9 credits: Students may select from the COE Cognate/Elective list and/or Plan of Study approved and relevant courses from the following disciplines/fields of study including American Studies, Comparative Ethnic Studies, Higher Education, Sociology, Communication, History, Anthropology, Political Science, to name a few.

COE Cognate/Electives Credits Semester***

CSSTE 536  Environment, Culture, and Education          3
CSSTE 535  Multicultural Education in a Global Society 3
CSSTE 537  Place Based Education                                    3
CSSTE 538  Youth Cultures in Education                           3
CSSTE 539  Curriculum Theory                                           3
CSSTE 540  Globalization & Identity in Education           3
EdAd 501  Philosophy of Education                                  3
EdAd 507  Social Foundations of Education                    3
TCH_LRN 522*  John Dewey’s Philosophy of Education
TCH_LRN 523*  History of Education

*TCH_LRN 522 and 523 are temporary course numbers. New numbers will be assigned once these courses are approved as regular courses.
**This represents the research course designations proposed by the Carnegie Doctoral Research Initiative.
***Students should consult with their program advisor and course listings to better determine when to take these courses. Additionally, students should consult with their advisor about special topics courses that may be offered that may satisfy your intellectual thirst.

Role of faculty & students

Upon entering the CSSTE program, a temporary advisory is assigned to initiate course selection and program development. Students must decide upon a permanent advisor for their program of study by the third semester and initiate a formal advising relationship, but this process can occur earlier. The permanent advisor and student then select the program of study committee which supervises the plan of study meeting and the preliminary exam. The program of study committee may be the same as the dissertation committee, but can be different. Someone who serves as an advisor is NOT automatically the dissertation chair. The role of the dissertation chair is to work closely with the student in developing the dissertation and serves as the primary guide. The committee serves a supporting role and therefore is not obligated to read multiple drafts of the dissertation.

Readings in CSST in education

Students in CSSTE will enroll for one credit each year and participate with faculty in a reading group which will meet approximately 4 times per semester for two hours. The purpose of the reading group is to promote intellectual fervor and a good time.