Program Overview

Program Details

SCCT Minor Eligibility

The Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory (SCCT) Minor is open to any Ph.D. student currently enrolled in a major field at the University of Arizona. SCCT students will be interested in the important twentieth-century theoretical traditions that have had an impact across multiple disciplines, and this minor will deepen student strengths in interdisciplinary and conceptually rigorous forms of research as a means of improving their research as well as their available opportunities in a job market increasingly interested in interdisciplinary scholarship.

SCCT Minor Requirements

The SCCT graduate minor comprises of a 12-credit hour graduate curriculum that includes a two-semester set of core courses, two elective advanced seminars (to be selected from an approved list). At least one of the elective seminars should be from outside the student’s home program. Additionally, graduate students will be expected to include at least one member of the faculty collective from outside their home unit on their orals and dissertation committees.

SCCT Graduate Committee Member

Students must select one (1) SCCT faculty members from the SCCT Faculty  to represent the minor on their Ph.D. comprehensive examination and final dissertation defense committees. The SCCT faculty committee member should be identified early in the student's program, so they can serve as resources during the student's studies. The SCCT faculty member representing the minor must reside in a home department that is different from the student’s major department.

SCCT Student Learning Objectives

  1.  Students completing the Minor will have a broad foundation in theoretically informed interdisciplinary scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, and beyond.
  2. They will also be able to comprehend and employ influential modern intellectual movements, including both classical social, cultural, and critical theories and newer bodies of thought that have influenced disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge. 
  3. They will be able to identify and describe how current trends in social, cultural and critical theory are affecting multiple disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, and beyond.
  4. They will be able to engage and apply theoretical frameworks in their research, as well as use their insights to make interdisciplinary interventions and epistemological as well as methodological innovations in their home discipline.
  5. They will gain specialized knowledge of one or more interdisciplinary theoretical frames that the student brings to bear on research in their home discipline.
  6. Through the experience of their practicum, students will be able to explain and appreciate the practical application or analytic value of the theoretical approaches they have studied, consider what problems they can help solve, and put those approaches to work in order to illuminate and actively address social or cultural phenomena.