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Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the doctoral program at the Tulane School of Social Work along with other programs across the Tulane University community were terminated. As part of Tulane's Renewal Plan, the administration pushed for new interdisciplinary doctoral programs to be created. Two new programs involving the School of Social Work include a doctoral program in Aging Studies as well as a Ph.D. program in City, Cultural, and Community. Both programs are highlighted in greater detail below.

As Tulane continues to grow, there will likely be more interdisciplinary doctoral programs created. Please check back often for the latest information about any, new doctoral offerings involving the School of Social Work.

Charles Figley, PhD
Doctoral Program Director

New Interdisciplinary City, Culture, and Community Ph.D. Program

The School of Social Work, Department of Sociology and Urban Studies, along with participating faculty from the School of Liberal Arts, the School of Architecture, School of Law, School of Public Health, and the School of Science and Engineering have developed a new interdisciplinary doctoral program at Tulane University called the City Culture and Community (CCC) Ph.D. Program.

This program brings together interdisciplinary approaches in the social and natural sciences, social work, architecture, law and humanities to better understand a range of issues pertaining to cities, culture, and communities.  The CCC will address interrelationships between the physical environment, the constructed environment, and social, economic, and political institutions and processes that shape urban areas.  Using its breadth of interdisciplinary backgrounds, students will experience considerable flexibility to develop their individual research interests.

For more information or to apply to this innovative program, please the program's home page at

New Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Aging Studies

The Tulane School of Medicine has partnered with several schools including the School of Social Work to offer a new interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Aging Studies.

The program focuses on the processes of aging at the individual and social level. It examines how people change over the adult life course, on the interrelationships between older people and social institutions, and on the societal impact of the changing age-composition of the population. The program emphasizes the dynamic interplay between the aging of individuals and their changing biomedical, social, and physical environments and on multi-level interactions among psychological, physiological, genetic, social, and cultural domains. Its goal is integration and synthesis within and across these domains

For more information about the program or to apply, visit its Web site or send an e-mail to the program's organizers.

Tulane School of Social Work, 127 Elk Place, New Orleans, La. 70112  1-800-631-8234