The Ph.D. Minor in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory (SCCT) will establish an interdisciplinary graduate curriculum based upon theoretical synergies among humanistic, social scientific, and naturalist disciplines. Students in the SCCT minor will train 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 will also encourage 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 SCCT students will aim for the same scholarly and professional careers as their Ph.D. program typically prepares them for and will foreground their strengths in interdisciplinary and conceptually rigorous forms of research as a means of strengthening their performance on the job market.
The Graduate College sponsors several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in addition to the many interdisciplinary possibilities available through regular graduate degree programs. GIDPs transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research at the nexus of traditional disciplines. The high value placed on interdisciplinary research and education is indicative of The University of Arizona's enthusiasm and commitment to fostering innovation and creativity among its faculty and students.
The Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory graduate minor comprises a 13-credit hour graduate curriculum that includes a two-semester set of courses, two elective advanced seminars (to be selected from an approved list (please see website: http://theory.arizona.edu/course-requirements), and a one-unit practicum. At least one of the elective seminars should be from outside the student’s home program. In addition, 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.
CORE COURSES – Three required courses
SCT 500 “Introduction to Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory. Taught on a rotational basis by faculty from across multiple participating units, this course will survey major traditions and persistent issues in social and cultural theory.
SCT 510 “Problems in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory.” Operating as a team-taught course by two faculty members from different units, SCT 510 will address an annually selected “problem” in social and cultural contexts (to also be taken up in the proposed Arizona Theory Laboratory) whose potential answers the course will explore and compare. The course will be tied to the annual problem and public lecturer sponsored by the simultaneously proposed Arizona Theory Laboratory.
SCT 520, “Practicum in Applied Theory.” In this one-credit course, students will participate in either a research or service endeavor that involves applied theoretical fieldwork for which they would receive one hour of practicum credit. Practicum opportunities include action-oriented research initiatives and community outreach, as well as internships with related publications currently housed at the University of Arizona.