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Specializations

Students will continue their progress beyond the Core under the direction of a Studies Committee that will work to ensure that each student achieves a high standard of disciplinary sophistication in one of three studies specializations:

In-depth study in one of these specializations provides students with grounding in the relevant scholarship and research needed for successful dissertation and career advancement.
 
Upon completion of the core courses, students will be expected to pass the First Examination, which will be a written examination over the content of all four core courses. After passing the First Examination, students will choose their specialization and be guided in their further coursework by a Studies Committee. Each Studies Committee will include a majority membership of research specialists in the studies specialization, but also include at least one member of the faculty with primary expertise in a different field.
 
Studies Committees will also be responsible for guiding students to develop deep background knowledge in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and will approve elective courses individualized to the developing research interests of the student. One member of the Studies Committee will serve as the student's adviser.
 
Students' work in their studies specializations will center around a series of area seminars that will introduce current issues and research literature in a succession of topics specific to the studies specialization. Students will normally take one area seminar each term. In addition, or occasionally in place of an area seminar, students in all studies specializations will take program seminars, which will focus on the program's identified research priority areas (see Section 5).
 
Beyond the core, students will also select at least one course in quantitative and statistical research methods and one in qualitative-interpretive methods from among the courses offered by other doctoral programs. These courses will be selected so as to provide analytical techniques appropriate to each students own emerging research interests.
 
Students will complete approximately 24 credits of elective courses, chosen from: recommended courses offered at The Graduate Center across its many doctoral programs; the area and program seminars in Urban Education; and reading courses and special topics courses under the supervision of a member of the doctoral faculty (subject to approval of their Studies Committee).
 
After the completion of at least 47 credits in the program, including both quantitative and qualitative research methods, students may apply to their Studies Committee to be recommended to take the Second Examination.