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The Critical Studies in Educational Foundations (CSE) Master’s Program focuses on the ways that culture, knowledge, and power shape education. This multidisciplinary program examines education, both formal and informal, through the philosophical, historical, sociological, political, and cultural perspectives.
Critical Studies in Educational Foundations promotes a deep understanding of education and  its interactive relationships with teaching, learning and inquiry, as well as communities and cultures. The Cultural Studies in Education program construes education as encompassing the varied forms that education takes in a society: systems of education embedded within communities, business, government, non-governmental agencies and the media, as well as post-secondary higher education opportunities. With this in mind, our program attracts students most interested in these informal or higher education sites of education as they are most often the socio-political sites where social justice work can be accomplished and/or the lack thereof critiqued. 


CSE students learn that education has implications for social justice. The CSE program is  beneficial to individuals pursuing a variety of careers in fields such as:
• Teaching in college, technical and private settings
• Communications 
• Media Education
• Community Organizing and Education
• Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Education
• Local and International Development
• Diversity and Pluralism Initiatives
• Preparation for doctoral programs
The goal of the program is to prepare graduates with the aim of developing a community of practitioners, scholars, and researchers committed to working for lasting social justice changes across their communities, nations, and the world through education.


CSE students bring a broad spectrum of prior academic preparation and various professional  goals. Some students are interested in enriching their understanding of democratic education, critical pedagogy, diversity and co-culturalism. Others are interested in alternative forms of education, such as expeditionary learning.
In addition, CSE students include those who are interested in issues of diversity and education as they may relate to work in communications, the media, human resource and equity departments, community organizing, social justice non-profit organizations focusing on topics such as the environment, human rights, and feminist work, and community and international development work, often related to the United Nations and other organizations.
CSE students, both international and domestic, are assured that the CSE program upholds andmaintains a commitment to multiple perspectives and a multi vocal spirit. Our aim is to foster an intellectually nurturing foundation where students can experience a learning community within our program, the Department of Educational Studies, The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education, and Ohio University.

For more information, please contact: 
Theo Hutchinson 
Associate Professor, Educational Studies
Program Coordinator, Critical Studies
McCracken Hall 302X