The PhD in Education, option in Social Foundations of Education, is an interdisciplinary
degree that focuses on the diverse factors and social issues that shape education.
You will explore how historical, philosophical, sociocultural, political, economic
and international forces shape educational processes as well as how education shapes
society. Our graduates strive for a more equitable, just, peaceful and democratic
society and world and pursue careers as educators, leaders, community activists, policy
makers and analysts and research scholars.
This 69-hour program includes 15 hours of doctoral dissertation as well as the following
social foundations core curriculum:
Only PhD program of its kind in Oklahoma, which includes strong specialization
in qualitative research methods
Common Program Core: Knowledge base including foundations of inquiry and diversity and equity issues in
Social Foundations Core: Courses focused in history of education, philosophy of education, sociology of education
and anthropology of education, including:
History of Education
Anthropology of Education
Culture, Society & Education
Popular Culture in Education
Problems & Issues in Social Foundations
Religion & Education
Ethics & Moral Education
Gender, Theory & Education
Seminar in Social Foundations
Cognate: Area of student’s specific interest (e.g, teaching, sociology, gender studies).
Research and Inquiry: Systematic knowledge and skill sets in both qualitative and quantitative research
Research and Faculty
You will have opportunities to conduct, present and publish research with faculty
and fellow students. Research interests of our experienced and internationally-known
faculty include comparative and international education, diversity and equity issues,
religions, gender, women’s and sexuality studies and education policy and practice.