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Graduate Concentration in Cultural Studies

The Graduate Concentration in Cultural Studies and Cultural Forms at The University of Texas at Austin is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to base their graduate study within the field of Anthropology. The Department of Anthropology offers both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, and the concentration in Cultural Studies and Cultural Forms.  Degree requirements are similar with the more general degree requirements of the Department of Anthropology; however, the Ph.D. degree requires the additional work of the Doctoral Portfolio.

Supervised by the Graduate Studies Committee in Cultural Forms, graduates of the program receive an M.A. or Ph.D. in Anthropology. UT Austin's Department of Anthropology is the only anthropology program in the country that offers a graduate specialization in Cultural Forms and Cultural Studies. The overall program is flexible, allowing each student to develop scholarly depth and breadth in historical, geographic, and cultural areas, as well as in genres, styles, theories, and methods germane to original research in the field. The program offers a wide variety of courses as part of its own listings and encourages students to take related courses in other departments.

While no academic program can promise its graduates will find a job in their profession immediately upon leaving school, graduates of our program have had a high rate of success, both inside and outside of academia. As graduates of an anthropology program that emphasizes interdisciplinary training, cultural studies, cultural forms students are in the fortunate position of entering a job market where interdisciplinary skills and academic breadth are highly valued. In addition to academic positions, our graduates may also work for the local, state, and federal government in museum work, cultural preservation, and public arts programs.

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