Program in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory

An Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Minor Program

The Ph.D. Minor in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory provides an interdisciplinary graduate curriculum based upon theoretical synergies among humanistic, social scientific, and naturalist disciplines. The Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Ph.D. Minor trains students in important twentieth-century theoretical traditions that have had an impact across multiple disciplines, such as postmodernism, phenomenology, postcolonial studies, historical materialism, cultural studies, critical legal studies, the Frankfurt School, psychoanalysis, race, gender, and queer theory. It also encourages exploration of—and cultivate future contributors to—new movements and directions in social, cultural, and critical theory such as actor-network theory, affect theory, anthropocene studies, biopolitics, critical area studies, border theory, critical finance studies, critical science studies, mediated geographies, new materialisms, object-oriented ontology, posthumanism, post-secular theory, race critical theory, somatechnics, trans* theory, and game studies, among others.

The Ph.D. minor will be closely affiliated with a soon-to-be proposed Arizona Theory Laboratory that will be organized for innovative thinking and collaborative inquiry, analysis, and action around a selected social and cultural problem. The lab will sponsor a related annual lecture and will provide students an opportunity to bring theory into practice