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Anthropology
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Anthropology

In the Department of International & Transcultural Studies

Areas of Emphasis > Leveraging of Informal Education

Leveraging of Informal Education

(Masters of Arts or Masters of Education)

Any discussion of the future of education in the United States and abroad includes an acknowledgment of the power of non-school based education. Whether it concerns matters of health, religion, the new technologies, the media, most people educate themselves on an ongoing basis, throughout their lives, and in concert with many with knowledge gained outside of school. The new technologies and media have made these grass-root forms ever more significant. Through their program students can emphasize what a more complex understanding of informal education may contribute to these issues and imagine new institutions and programs for the delivery and critique of new knowledge and policies.

Careers for students who have emphasized Informal Education include working in governmental and non-governmental agencies concerned with the educational aspects of their work (in the worlds of medicine, communication, business, etc.) both in the United States and abroad.

Suggested program of study includes:

  • 16 points in general anthropology
  • 6 points in research methods techniques
  • 10 points in courses related to specific issues in informal education (broadly defined)
  • an internship in a non-school based educational institution
  • an integrative project related to the course work and internship