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Education, Culture, and Society Master's Program

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Developing critical, interdisciplinary understandings of education for a changing world


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The Master’s Program in Education, Culture, and Society prepares its graduates with broad, interdisciplinary understandings of educational institutions, processes, and ideas. The program reflects our core belief that education is fundamental to a just and democratic society. From multiple vantage points we explore contemporary challenges facing the field of education: achieving social justice, producing and disseminating knowledge, and improving professional practices. Program courses develop critical understandings of education as a social process situated in political, historical, social, economic, and cultural contexts. Graduates go on to work in a variety of settings including K-12 environments in the US and internationally, higher education student affairs and administration, and non-profit organizations. Many of our graduates also go on to pursue doctoral studies.

While the coursework is flexible enough for students to tailor their own experience, we also offer four areas of focus:

  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Global Education
  • Higher Education
  • Queer and Gender Studies


Program courses include:

  • Race, Ethnicity, Inequality and Education
  • History of African American Education
  • History of American Education
  • Gender and Education
  • Queer Issues in Schools
  • Leading for Social Justice
  • Globalization, Migration and Education
  • Comparative Education
  • Higher Education Law
  • History of Higher Education
  • Anthropology of Education
  • Education and Society
  • Criminal Justice and Education
  • Educational Politics and Policy

Students are also able to draw on rich course offerings across the university to strengthen their area of focus and specialization.

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