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Welcome to Cultural Foundations

Cultural Foundations is not accepting applications.

About Cultural Foundations Graduate Programs

The Cultural Foundations program provides students with the opportunity to strengthen their disciplinary knowledge in history, philosophy, and sociology of education. The program emphasizes multiple theoretical approaches and methodologies to capture the complexities of people's lives. The faculty views the field of education and schooling broadly to include community institutions, neighborhood organizations, and governmental and non-profit groups. We are especially interested in transformational learning and teaching practices, in how disenfranchised communities exercise agency, and in how grassroots organizing creates new social and political spaces for self- and community- determination. Such experiences reflect John Dewey's idea from Democracy and Education that "a democracy is more than a form of government; it is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience." Students in the Cultural Foundations program are encouraged to pursue a wide range of research, which may include but is not limited to: community studies, social movements, politics of gender in education, ethics of educational practice, action-research praxis, and critical pedagogy.

Our Faculty

Our faculty are involved in a wide range of research activities and projects related to the field of Curriculum Studdies. See our list of faculty and see an overview of their research projects at the following links:

Degree Information

Students holding a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and who have a graduate grade index of B or better may be considered for admission to the Graduate School at Purdue University. In addition, the Graduate Record Examination is required for all students applying to any program in Cultural Foundations. All international applicants must submit GRE and TOEFL scores (a minimum TOEFL score of 550 [paper based] or 213 [computer based] is required) for study toward any graduate degree. Inquiries concerning admission to the Graduate School, fees, and related matters should be directed to the Office of Graduate Studies, College of Education.

Applications received by the following dates will be given priority in the admissions process:

  • Doctoral (PhD) applicants:
    • December 15th for Fall Admission
  • Master's degree and Educational Specialist degree applicants - Rolling Admission