Select an area of specialization relevant to your unique dissertation research through this strongly research-oriented degree.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Social Studies requires 75 points of graduate study and a dissertation. The Ph.D. degree program in Social Studies leads to a strongly research-oriented degree designed for individuals preparing for a career in teaching, conducting research, and working in teacher education in a university setting or a private or public policy organization.
Courses in the major field (15 points minimum):
Please note: Curriculum changes are underway for the 2018-19; see Doctoral Handbook and your advisor for most up-to-date info on requirements.
Content courses in the major field (21 points minimum):
Soon after beginning the program, students must select an area of specialization. Students should select courses with an advisor, taking care to include courses relevant to the area of dissertation research. These courses may be taken at either Teachers College or the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University.
Research Courses (18 points minimum):
Broad and basic areas of professional scholarship (15 points minimum):
Same as “Broad and basic areas of professional scholarship” in Ed.D. degree program. See above.
In addition to the dissertation, students must satisfy the foreign language requirements equivalent to those of the department of the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences with which their work is most closely identified. For Ph.D. students in Social Studies, the usual cognate department in the Graduate School is History or Political Science, though courses should be selected that support the student’s scholarly interest and in close consultation with an academic advisor. Students should read the Requirements for Doctor of Philosophy obtainable from the Office of Doctoral Studies at Teachers College.