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Critical studies in education applies humanities and social science perspectives to the theory and practice of education in order to understand the complex interrelationships between education and culture, and schooling and society.

As a graduate program consisting of a number of courses rooted in the social sciences and humanities, we address fundamental questions about the meaning, purposes, and complexities of education in society. Our scholarship includes:

  • History and philosophy of education
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Political science and policy
  • Constitutional and legal issues
  • Literary criticism
  • Theory. Positivism, interpretivism, social constructionism, emancipatory theories (e.g., feminist, race, and queer theories), cultural theories, new materialism, new empiricism, posthumanism, postmodernism, poststructuralism, psychoanalytic, etc.

We assume that objects of study and methods of inquiry in educational theory and practice are produced differently over time and space, in different discursive, cultural, and material conditions. We aim to provide our students with the conceptual tools essential for understanding the complexities of formal and informal education in society. Our graduates go on to positions in universities and colleges, government agencies, and in public and private sectors.

For more information about Critical Studies, please contact Elizabeth St. Pierre.

Academic Programs

Contact Details

  • Address:
    630 Aderhold Hall
    110 Carlton Street
    Athens, Georgia 30602