What will I study as a cultural studies major?
The Cultural Studies program seeks to create a community of students and faculty who study the ever-changing practices, expressions, and definitions of culture. Specifically, the Cultural Studies program trains students to analyze the relationship of power (social, political, structural, etc.) and representation (self-expression, media, art, etc.). Since culture can be studied across disciplines, the program pursues this aim through transdisciplinary analysis in humanistic methods such as textual analysis, media studies, identity studies, and critical theory. Our aim is to train students to be strategic cultural disruptors, acting as change makers through the precise analysis of power and representation in various professions.
After completing introductory coursework on the roots of cultural studies, you will be able to choose between four major tracks:
- popular culture
- critical studies in race
- gender and sexuality
You will be both permitted and encouraged to take classes across academic disciplines, studying your selected topic through courses offered in psychology, political science, history, and more.