Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory

The Ph.D. Minor in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory offers an interdisciplinary curriculum committed to exploring theoretical currents that cut across the humanities, arts, social sciences, law, education, architecture, and the 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 postmodernism, phenomenology, postcolonial studies, historical materialism, cultural studies, critical legal studies, the Frankfurt School, psychoanalysis, race, gender, 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, race critical theory, somatechnics, trans* theory, and game studies, among others. 

The 13-credit hour curriculum includes three required courses: a “Foundations of Theory” introductory course, an annually themed, team-taught “Problems in Theory” course, and a “Practicum in Applied Theory” where students test and apply theoretical concepts in real-world settings.  In addition, students must take two additional graduate seminars (selected from an approved list of electives). At least one of the two electives should be from outside the student’s home program.  Graduate students in the minor should include at least one member of the faculty collective from outside their home unit on their orals and dissertation committees.

Faculty Membership

Abraham Acosta
Spanish and Portuguese
Jeffrey Banister
Southwest Studies Center
Nolan Cabrera
Educational Policy Studies & Practice
Monica Casper
Gender & Women's Studies
Jennifer Croissant
Gender & Women's Studies
Vincent Del Casino
School of Geography & Development
Sapana Doshi
School of Geography & Development
Melissa Fitch
Spanish and Portuguese
Francisco Galarte
Gender & Women Studies
Adam Geary
Gender & Women's Studies
Andrea Gerlak
Geography and Development
Lillian Gorman
Spanish and Portuguese
Eva Hayward, Executive Committee Member
Gender and Women Studies
Anita Huizar-Hernandez
Spanish & Portuguese
John P. Jones III
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Miranda Joseph
Gender & Women's Studies
Barbara Kosta
German Studies
Jill Koyama
Educational Policy Studies and Practice (Educational Leadership)
Jamie Lee, Executive Committee Member
School of Information
Adela Licona, Executive Committee Member
English
Eithne Luibheid
Gender & Women's Studies
Chris Lukinbeal, Executive Committee Member
School of Geography and Development
Sallie Marston
Geography & Development
Reginald McGinnis
French and Italian
Leerom Medovoi, Chair
English
Michael Mulcahy
Theatre, Film & Television
Kaitlin Murphy
Spanish & Portuguese
Orhon Myadar
Shool of Geography and Development
Tracey Osborne
School of Geography and Development
Hai Ren, Executive Committee Member
East Asian Studies
Judd Ruggill
Africana Studies
Beverly Seckinger
School of Theatre, Film and Television
Brian Silverstein, Executive Committee Member
Anthropology
William Simmons
Gender & Women's Studies
Janet Sturman, Executive Committee Member
Music
Robert Williams, Executive Committee Member
Law
Calvin Zhang
Mathematics

Program Bylaws

SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND CRITICAL THEORY  GIDP

BYLAWS

approved at 4-12-17 Faculty Meeting

PREAMBLE

 

Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) report to the Dean of the Graduate College through the Faculty Director of GIDPs.

The Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (GIDP) in Social, Cultural and Critical Theory offers a Ph.D. minor.  In the following Articles and Bylaws, operating procedures, and policies of the Program are outlined.  This organization and structure must conform to the guidelines for GIDPs.

Article 1. Membership in the Graduate Program.

Membership in the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Social, Cultural and Critical Theory is open to faculty at the University of Arizona who are willing to make a commitment to the GIDP.  This commitment should be expressed through participation in developing and maintaining the GIDP, teaching courses, or supporting the programming for the GIDP.  Both tenured or tenure-eligible faculty and untenured or non-tenure-eligible faculty may hold memberships.

Criteria for membership are a commitment to interdisciplinary approaches as well as activity and excellence in research or extension as demonstrated by research funding, publication record and service as advisors to students. Members of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program will be reviewed periodically by the Executive Committee to ensure that they continue to meet these standards. 

Membership can be proposed by candidates themselves or through nomination by a current member of the Program.  Consideration of candidacy is initiated by submission of curriculum vitae and a letter of commitment to the Executive Committee.  If the Executive Committee votes to recommend membership, a request is then submitted to the Faculty Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs for approval and appointment.

The members of the Social, Cultural and Critical Theory GIDP will meet at least once a year to review the state of the program.

Article 2. Executive Committee (EC), Chair and Vice Chair of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Social, Cultural and Critical Theory.

The GIDP in Social, Cultural and Critical Theory is administered by a Chair, Vice Chair and an Executive Committee (EC), consisting of at least six members.  The Executive Committee will be made up of faculty members from at least three colleges, ideally with members from all participating colleges.  The Chair and Vice Chair are appointed for a renewable three-year term and EC members are appointed for renewable three-year terms. The Chair, Vice Chair and the EC members will be chosen by vote by participating faculty that hold regular memberships.  Nominations from participating faculty for both positions will be received by the EC.  A faculty member may run for one or both positions.  Fifty-one percent of the members will constitute a quorum.  Majority vote of those present at a meeting or 51% return of ballots will rule.  The roster of elected members will be forwarded to the Director of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs for approval and appointment.  The EC will also have 1 student member elected by the students to a renewable 1 year term. 

A)  The responsibilities of the Executive Committee are to:

  1. Devise and implement procedures to be followed in selecting and reviewing members of the Social, Cultural and Critical Theory GIDP;
  2. Devise and implement appropriate policies and procedures for the operation of the graduate program, such as admissions, curriculum, student supervision, completion of degree program requirements, and decisions regarding program resources;
  3. Appoint ad hoc committees as needed for effective operation;
  4. Provide academic counsel to new students and evaluations of students at various stages of progress through the Program;
  5. Prepare and submit annual reports of the Social, Cultural and Critical Theory program’s activities and accomplishments to the Faculty Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs;
  6. Ensure that regular academic program reviews, consistent with the Board of Regents and USDA requirements, are carried out;
  7. Facilitate interaction and communication within the Program in Social, Cultural and Critical Theory and with supporting academic units heads and deans;
  8. Seek funding from appropriate University, State, Federal and private sources;
  9. Solicit nominations to vacated slot(s) on the Executive Committee to ensure continuity over time.
  10. Move consider and approve (by majority vote) all proposals to change the requirement for the minor

 

B) The responsibilities of the Chair and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee (and of the GIDP).

  1. Administer the Program and activities of the EC with the assistance of the program coordinator of the GIDP;
  2. Convene and chair meetings of the EC;
  3. Acts on behalf of the EC and the GIDP to implement policies of the Program;
  4. Serve as representative of the Program to the University Administration, granting agencies, prospective students, etc.;
  5. Prepare and submit an annual report of activities and accomplishments of the Program according to University regulations.

The GIDP’s Program Coordinator works closely with the Chair of the EC as well as the students, faculty, EC and standing committees to ensure timely fulfillment of the policies of the UA and the Program in Social, Cultural and Critical Theory as well as the flow of information among all concerned.

Article 3.  Amendments.

The bylaws shall be amended or revised by movement of the EC and a two-thirds positive vote by the regular membership of the Program.