Cultural Foundations of Education

Cultural Foundations of Education (CFE) is a highly demanding and nationally prominent interdisciplinary graduate program created to support fundamental inquiry into the nature of education. Graduate students draw on the disciplines of history, philosophy, and sociology to analyze issues related to inequality in education. Faculty interests include disability, the relationship of popular culture and mass media to education, race, racism and multiculturalism, identity and difference, democracy and education, intergroup dialogue, theories of knowledge and feminist theory. Our alumni have success finding jobs in higher education, foundations, policy research, school systems, and government agencies.

CFE offers Certificate, Master's, and Doctoral degrees that are individually designed by students in collaboration with our faculty, allowing students to work with their advisors to build their own program around their research interests. Our cohorts take core CFE courses together, and then choose courses from across the School of Education and other schools and colleges at Syracuse University. CFE encourages the use of diverse research approaches, such as the combining of philosophical analysis with empirical work, or historical research with policy analysis.

Faculty members are well-known in their fields and actively engaged in ongoing research. The department’s outstanding graduate students collaborate with faculty in research, publishing, and professional activities. The department regularly sponsors opportunities for students and faculty to share their work, discuss current issues, or read and critique current articles. There is a strong emphasis on community amongst scholars.


Department Contact

MaryAnn Barker
Office Coordinator