CGU's diverse and experienced student body is comprised mainly of education professionals. Study is based on a multidisciplinary view of theory and research, and a commitment to developing educational environments that are just, relevant, and rigorous. Collectively the faculty is knowledgeable and grounded in education as well as sociology, cultural studies, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, law, sociolinguistics, gender/sexuality studies, politics, religion, and literature.
The Master of Arts prepares individuals to staff professional entry-level and middle management positions in academic, administrative, institutional, public policy, and student affairs offices of two-and four-year colleges and universities, multi-campus systems, foundations, and government agencies. Though the program works best for individuals who have had some work experience, internship opportunities are often available for students seeking a position concurrent with their graduate study.
The PhD program is designed for individuals with a commitment to applying a multidisciplinary view of theory and research. While CGU Education students are as diverse as the programs they design, they are, in general, mature professionals who bring a wealth of personal and professional experience to their studies, as well as a commitment to scholarly endeavors.
Both degrees are highly individualized and designed to meet the career and personal goals of each student. Doctoral and masters level studies in higher education lend themselves to subfields in the following areas:
Community College Leadership
Organization and Management
Human Development/Adult Development
History and Philosophy
Public Policy Analysis
In order to accommodate the schedules of full-time professionals, courses are taught mainly at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Transdisciplinary study is encouraged and students are supported if they wish to take some of their course work in fields other than education.
A sampling of courses specifically relating to higher education/adult development include:
Historical and Philosophical Foundations of American Higher Education
The Politics and Governance of Higher Education The American Faculty
Organizational Implications of Diversity in Higher Education
Public Policy Dimensions of Higher Education
The College Student Experience and Implications for the Administration of Higher Education
College Student Development
Leadership in Higher Education
Institutional Planning and Assessment in Educational Settings