Major in Cultural Studies

Majors in Cultural Studies must complete 42 units of course work, including the introductory course (3 units), the methodology course (3 units), required courses (15 units), either a capstone project or a capstone/internship combination (6 units), and 15 units of elective courses.

Introductory Course (3 Units)
CLST 201INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL STUDIES3
Methodology Course (3 Units)
CLST 300METHODS OF CULTURAL INQUIRY3
Required Courses (15 Units)
CLST 301PERSPECTIVES IN GLOBAL CULTURE3
CLST 303IDENTITY AND CULTURE3
CLST 307VISUAL CULTURE3
CLST 311SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & CULTURE3
CLST 370TOPICS IN CULTURAL STUDIES3
Capstone Experience (6 Units)
Select one of the following:6
CAPSTONE PROJECT IN CULTURAL STUDIES
and INTERNSHIP IN CULTURAL STUDIES (3 units of each)
CAPSTONE PROJECT IN CULTURAL STUDIES (6 units)
Electives (15 Units)
See below15
Total Units42

Electives

15 units of courses from the following groupings, 9 of which must be upper division. A list of offered courses will be updated each term. The following learning modules are meant to indicate possible thematic trajectories as a guide for students. As such, courses may be listed under more than one heading.

CLST 490INDEPENDENT STUDY IN CULTURAL STUDIES (limited to 3 units)3

Society of the Spectacle

The courses in this module are meant to theorize the intersection of traditional and contemporary media and consumer cultures. In contemplating a broad spectrum of “spectacles,” students will consider the economic, political, and social discourses of visual culture and performance.

ANTH 325MORAL PANICS3
ANTH 382VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY3
ANTH 341INFORMATION AGE CULTURES3
ARTH 328ART, CULTURE AND POLITICS3
CLST 309PERFORM CULTURE3
ENGL 463SEMIOTICS: THE STUDY OF SIGNS3
KNES 353SPORT & SOCIETY3
MCOM 101INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION3
MCOM 352MEDIA CRITICISM3
MCOM 385MASS MEDIA AND SOCIETY3
THEA 310THEATRE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE3

Cultural Cartographies

The courses in this module examine the cultural products that result from human landscapes, charting the ways in which we map our interaction with the environment.

ANTH 207CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY3
ANTH 351DRUGS IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE3
ANTH 364RELIGION, MAGIC AND WITCHCRAFT3
ANTH 368GLOBALIZATION IN CROSS CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE3
ANTH 380ETHNOGRAPHIC FIELD METHODS3
ARTH 330EAST ASIAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE3
ARTH 331ART OF CHINA3
ARTH 333ART OF JAPAN3
CLST 305TEXT & CULTURE3
ENGL 471TOPICS IN WORLD LITERATURE3
GEOG 357CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY3
GEOG 381POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY3
MUSC 112WORLD/AMERICAS, AFRICA3
MUSC 113WORLD/E.EURO,ASIA3
PHIL 204RACE, CLASS AND GENDER3
SOCI 243SOCIOLOGY OF RACE, CLASS AND GENDER3
THEA 316THEATRE OF CROSSING CULTURES3

Critical Pedagogies

This module is ordered around one central premise: knowledge is never neutral. As such, these courses call into question the construction of knowledge; interrogate the traditional means of passing on cultural knowledge; and recognize alternative forms of knowledge and the processes by which they are disseminated.

ARTH 328ART, CULTURE AND POLITICS3
ARTH 335AFRICAN-AMERICAN ART3
ARTH 339LATIN AMERICAN ART: 1800 TO PRESENT3
ARTH 341WOMEN IN ART3
ENGL 462MODERN LITERARY THEORY3
ENGL 463SEMIOTICS: THE STUDY OF SIGNS3
KNES 251HISTORY OF SPORT IN AMERICA3
MUSC 112WORLD/AMERICAS, AFRICA3
MUSC 113WORLD/E.EURO,ASIA3
MUSC 127ELEMENTS OF THE HISTORY OF ROCK MUSIC3
PHIL 201SOCIAL & POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY3
PHIL 204RACE, CLASS AND GENDER3
PHIL 343AESTHETICS3
WMST 337FEMINIST THEORY3

Political Economies of Empire

The courses within this module investigate the relations of corporate, political, economic and cultural forces in the context of 21st century globalization. The courses assess factors such as: wealth distribution, the disappearance of “local” culture, labor and labor exploitation, the military and globalization, environmental issues, and new notions of empire.

ANTH 346WEALTH, POWER AND POLITICS IN CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE3
ANTH 351DRUGS IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE3
ANTH 368GLOBALIZATION IN CROSS CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE3
ECON 201MICROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES3
ECON 202MACROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES3
ECON 321HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT3
ECON 331GOVERNMENT AND ECONOMIC LIFE3
ECON 341LABOR ECONOMICS AND LABOR RELATIONS3
ECON 374ECONOMIC ISSUES OF GENDER3
ECON 375ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS3
KNES 460CULTURAL ECONOMY OF SPORT3
SOCI 249SOCIAL PROBLEMS3
SOCI 323SOCIAL MOVEMENTS3
SOCI 333POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY3
SOCI 341CLASS, STATUS AND POWER3
WMST 335WOMEN, WORK, AND FAMILY3

Critical Artscape

The courses in this module critically examine visual aspects of society.

ARTH 323MODERN ART I3
ARTH 324MODERN ART II3
ARTH 325HISTORY OF MODERN ARCHITECTURE3
ARTH 327HISTORY OF MODERN DESIGN3
ARTH 328ART, CULTURE AND POLITICS3
CLST 305TEXT & CULTURE3
ENGL 462MODERN LITERARY THEORY3
PHIL 343AESTHETICS3

Posthumans in Second Nature

The courses in this module consider the ways in which advances in genetics and the reproductive sciences have raised questions about our identities and human beings and our relation to nature, blurring divisions between human and non-human, culture and nature, animal and machine.

ANTH 341INFORMATION AGE CULTURES3
ANTH 368GLOBALIZATION IN CROSS CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE3
ARTH 351HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY3
ENVS 301PEOPLE AND PESTS3
ENVS 337THE CHESAPEAKE BAY AND ITS WATERSHED3
PHIL 319SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & VALUES3
SOCI 312SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER3

Postcolonial Contexts

The courses in this module foster discussions of various conditions in which western and non-western cultures collide. In the postcolonial context, the formation of identity is understood as a result of resistance to imposing and powerful cultural forces.

ANTH 353LATINAS IN THE AMERICAS3
ARTH 328ART, CULTURE AND POLITICS3
CLST 309PERFORM CULTURE3
ENGL 336POST-COLONIAL LITERATURE3
ENGL 462MODERN LITERARY THEORY3
KNES 285SPORT: CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE3
PHIL 204RACE, CLASS AND GENDER3

Wild and Docile Bodies

This module features courses that approach the body as the point of conjunction between the individual and society and therefore as a site of control, study, discipline, punishment and emancipation. Students in these courses will examine the cultural, political and economic technologies active within, and which act upon, the corporeal aspects of everyday life.

ARTH 341WOMEN IN ART3
ARTH 335AFRICAN-AMERICAN ART3
CLST 309PERFORM CULTURE3
HLTH 220SEXUALITY IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY3
KNES 353SPORT & SOCIETY3
LGBT 101INTRODUCTION TO LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER STUDIES3
LGBT 381READINGS IN LGBT STUDIES1-3
PHIL 204RACE, CLASS AND GENDER3
SOCI 243SOCIOLOGY OF RACE, CLASS AND GENDER3
SOCI 312SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER3
WMST 336WOMEN AND MEDICINE3
WMST 338WOMEN AND SEXUALITY3

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CLST 2013CLST 3113
Lower-Division ElectiveLower-Level Elective3
TSEM 102 (Core 1)3ENGL 102 (Core 2)3
Core3Core3
Core3Core3
Core3 
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CLST 3013CLST 3073
CLST 3033CLST 3703
Core3Upper-Level Elective3
Core3Core3
Core 3Core3
 15 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CLST 3003CLST 495 or 4973
Upper-Level Elective3Elective3
Core/Elective3Elective3
Core/Elective3Elective3
Core/Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CLST 495 or 4973Upper-Level Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Units 120

1. Use a working critical vocabulary to do textual and ethnographic analyses of cultural phenomena, showing an understanding of both verbal and visual texts, students own everyday experience, and the inter-relatedness of social, political, historical, and economic components of their worlds.
2. Through writing, convey an understanding of a variety of critical strategies (e.g. semiotics, content analysis, structuralism) applicable to cultural studies cross-disciplinary core.
3. Acquire the habits and attitudes of an inquiring mind, for looking into questions of culture in ways that resonate with students’ lives and finally even beyond these lives, into an awareness of ethical, cognitive, and emotional issues that may at first seem foreign to their own systems of cultural values.
4. Evaluate critically the sources and content of information. This goal is listed among the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Expectations Regarding Information Literacy and Technological Competency.
5. Understanding and applying relevant discipline-specific methodologies and strategies of inquiry.
6. Engaging intellectually and seeking to understand the experiences and views of people with different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, whether in their own country or abroad.