Students are strongly encouraged to take one of ANTH 380, COMM 318, or RELI 323. No more than four courses (12 hours) taken in the same department may count toward the major. A student should strengthen his or her course of study by choosing Approaches, Connections, and elective courses that complement courses in cultural studies.
Students with an overall GPA of 3.2 or above and a GPA of 3.3 or above in cultural studies courses are encouraged to undertake an honors thesis project during the senior year for a total of six credit hours (IDST 693H and 694H). These hours will be in addition to the 24 hours (eight courses) minimally required for the major.
The cultural studies program is designed to give students the opportunity to create a rigorous interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary program organized around a particular theme, question, or problem. It enables students, for example, to create their own cluster around a specific area of interest (e.g., third world/ethnic studies, technology, science studies, theory), or to establish links across a range of classes that define a specific intellectual focus. Cultural studies offers a home to students united by questions of the complex, dynamic workings of culture in contexts and with interests as diverse as the social studies of science, local migrant farm workers, or the influence of built space on consciousness.
The major is designed for undergraduate students who wish to combine the strengths of various departments and curricula in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students in the cultural studies program tend to be strongly motivated, self-disciplined, intellectually curious, and able to assume responsibility for their unique curricular program. The program is distinguished by intensive advising, collaboration across disciplinary perspectives, and opportunities to extend learning beyond the space of the classroom. Students are encouraged, for example, to participate in study abroad and off-campus internships and to become involved in various working groups on campus. Students interested in cultural studies should meet with the director of the program to explain their interests.
Contact for Cultural Studies: Dr. Christian Lundberg