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Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies offers ways to ask questions relevant to our everyday encounters with differences and similarities, power and oppression, values and desires, pain and pleasure. Cultural Studies analyzes images, artifacts, narratives, and identities (including genders, sexualities, races, abilities, nationalities, and other social received markers), and their construction of social life. Its interdisciplinary approach offers methodologies with which to study culture defined in the broadest possible sense, from high art (museums, symphonies, theatre), to sports and leisure activities, to the practices of everyday lifeā€”all understood within a variety of social, historical, and national contexts.

Students may choose to focus their certificate through one of three strands:

  • Geography, Place, and Culture
  • Identities and Communities
  • Popular Cultures

To learn more about each strand, download the Cultural Studies Strand Descriptions (PDF).

An interdisciplinary faculty panel helps students choose courses, participate in faculty research projects, and find internships with local cultural organizations, from museums and theatres to film societies and oral history projects.