Cultural Foundations of Education

The Department of Cultural Foundations of Education (CFE) offers highly demanding and nationally prominent interdisciplinary graduate programs created to support fundamental inquiry into the nature of education.

Students draw on the disciplines of history, philosophy and sociology to analyze issues related to inequality in education. Students individually design their programs in collaboration with our faculty, allowing you to build your program around your personal, professional, and research interests.

There is a strong emphasis on community amongst scholars. 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. Our alumni have success finding jobs in higher education, foundations, policy research, school systems, and government agencies.

Our faculty members are well-known in their fields and actively engaged in ongoing research. 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 outstanding students collaborate with faculty and each other in research, publishing, professional activities, and critical discussions and readings.

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Department of Cultural Foundations of Education
350 Huntington Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244

Barbara Applebaum, Chair of Cultural Foundations of Education; Professor|315.443.3702
Barbara Applebaum
Maryann Barker, Office Coordinator|315.443.3343
Maryann Barker