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Cultural Foundations - M.A., M.Ed. and Ph.D. PDFDownload to print

College of Education, Health and Human Services

School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration

300 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2012


The Master of Arts and Master of Education in Cultural Foundations is oriented toward a critical understanding of broad normative and interpretive issues in education and human service professions. Course offerings apply traditional humanities and social science modes of inquiry to theories and practices of education broadly conceived. Foundational study explores the often-conflicting demands placed upon educational institutions and examines a wide range of responses to them. The program offers students an overview of educational issues and policies emerging from a world increasingly dominated by technology and such concerns as poverty, social and political marginalization and environmental degradation. Coursework examines theories of society, morality and politics as these relate to the study of education. Classes focus on topics such as the political and moral dimensions of education and educational policy formation, the nature of multicultural and international education, the engagement of academic and public knowledge, and ideas of nature and education.

Graduates with a Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations have enjoyed success in finding (or sometimes creating!) jobs in school systems, higher education, foundations, policy research and government agencies.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s), goal statement and two letters of recommendation. Admission into the Ph.D. also requires earned master's degree, GRE, resume or vita and an interview.

Please refer to the university policy for graduate admission.

Graduation Requirements

M.A. and M.Ed.: The degree requires a minimum of 32 semester hours of graduate coursework including at least 16 semester hours at the 60000 level or above. A major consisting of 18 or more semester hours in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services is required. M.A. and M.Ed. students have six years from the term of first enrollment to complete the program.

Ph.D.: After admission to the Ph.D. degree program, students plan a program of study with their respective faculty advisory committee headed by their advisor. Students’ programs may include at least one appropriate graduate-level minor or cognate as well as the major.

Thesis/ Dissertation

M.A. and M.Ed.: Some programs, but not all, have six hours of Thesis I or six hours of Master’s Project.