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 disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, arts, professions, and natural sciences. 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 historical materialism, feminism, postmodernism, phenomenology, postcolonial studies, cultural studies, critical legal studies, the Frankfurt School, psychoanalysis, 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, critical race studies, somatechnics, trans* theory, and game studies, among others.