Department of Education, Culture, & Society


The Department of Education, Culture, and Society is one of the top social foundation programs in the country. It is committed to the study and pursuit of social justice in education using cutting-edge frameworks that address class, race, ethnicity, and gender in educational policy and practice. ECS offers Ph.D., M.ED., M.A., and M.S. program specialties in curriculum theory, anthropology, sociology, history, and the philosophy of education. The coursework is designed to help students construct a better understanding of patterns in educational inequality, while countering these inequities by creating an environment where working class students and students of color have, create, and promote equal educational opportunities.

Students completing a M.Ed. or M.S. have found the skills and knowledge useful for employment as educators and working in government and non-government agencies.

Students who complete the Ph.D. program are poised to take positions in research and teaching universities across the country.



 The ECS Mentor!
Summer – Fall 2013 Newsletter 
  • ECS Staff Additions & Transitions
  • New ECS Digs
  • Program Completions & Promotions
  • ECS Alum Line Teaching Assistantship
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ECS Alum Line Teaching Assistantship

ECS has initiated a campaign to generate funds for what we are calling the ECS Alum Line Teaching Assistantship. This assistantship is designed to be funded by our alumni with the belief that small contributions of many can build magnificent things. Just click the “ECS Alum Line” button below our masthead at the top of this page. Our goal is to raise $50,000 over the next three years. Once the goal is reached, we will convene a group of alums to select the first ECS recipient to receive this important support provided by you.

Education in the Age of Biocapitalism

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The new book by Clayton Pierce has received the American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Book Award. His book explores biocapitalism, an economic model built on finding and creating new commodities from existing forms of life... Read More

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Last Updated: 11/14/13