Cultural Studies Program

Degree Requirements

 

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

I.  Introductory Course

CLST 201:  Introduction to Cultural Studies.  GenEd II.B.3 (3 units)

II.  Methodology course

CLST 300:  Methods of Cultural Inquiry. (3 units)

III. Core Courses (15 units):

CLST 301: Perspectives in Global Culture (3)

CLST 303: Identity and Culture (3)

CLST 307: Visual Culture (3)

CLST 311: Science, Technology, and Culture. GenEd II.A (3)

CLST 370:  Special Topics in Cultural Studies (3)

IV.  Capstone Experience (6 units):

Either 3 units of CLST 497 Capstone Project in Cultural Studies and 3 units of CLST 495 Internship in Cultural Studies, or 6 units of CLST 497 Capstone Project in Cultural Studies.

CLST 495:  Internship in Cultural Studies (3)

CLST 497: Capstone Project in Cultural Studies (3)

V. Electives (15 units)

15 units of courses from the following groupings, 9 of which must be upper division.  A list of offered courses will be updated each semester.  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 490: Independent Study in Cultural Studies (limited to 3 credit hours)

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    370 Visual Anthropolog            y (3)

ANTH 341 Information Age Cultures (3)         

ANTH 375 Moral Panics (3)     

ARTH 328 Art, Culture, and Politics (3)

CLST 309 Performance Culture (3)

ENGL 463 Semiotics:  The Study of Signs (3)

KNES 353 Sport and Society (3)

KNES 485 Cultural Economy of Sport (3)

MCOM 101 Introduction to Mass Communication (3)

MCOM 352 Media Criticism (3)

MCOM 385 Mass Media and Society (3)

THEA 310 Theater for Social Change (3)

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 207 Cultural Anthropology (3)

ANTH 351 Drugs in the Americas (3)

ANTH 364 Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft (3)

ANTH 368 Globalization in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)

ANTH 380 Ethnographic Methods (3)

ARTH 330 East Asian Art and Architecture (3)

ARTH 331  The Art of China (3)

ARTH 333 The Art of Japan (3)

ENGL 471 Topics in World Literature (3)

GEOG 357 Cultural Geography (3)

GEOG 381 Political Geography (3)

KNES 365 Baltimore:  Post-Industrial Sporting Metropolis (3)

MUSC 112  World Music:  The Americas, Africa and West Europe (3)

MUSC 113 World Music:  East Europe, Asia and the Middle East (3)

PHIL 204: Race, Class, and Gender (3)

SOCI 243 Sociology of Race, Class and Gender (3)

THEA 316 Theatre of Crossing Cultures (3)

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 328 Art, Culture and Politics (3)

ARTH 335 African-American Art (3)

ARTH 339 Latin-American Art (3)

ARTH 341 Women in Art (3)

ENGL 462 Modern Literary Theory (3)

ENGL 463 Semiotics: The Study of Signs (3)

KNES 251 History of American Sport (3)

MUSC 112  World Music:  The Americas, Africa and West Europe (3)

MUSC 113 World Music:  East Europe, Asia and the Middle East (3)

MUSC 127 Elements and History of Rock Music (3)

PHIL 201 Social and Political Philosophy (3)

PHIL 204 Race, Class, and Gender (3)

PHIL 343 Aesthetics (3)

WMST 337 Feminist Theory (3)

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 346 Wealth, Power, and Politics in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)

ANTH 351 Drugs in the Americas (3)

ANTH 368 Globalization in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)

ECON 201 Microeconomic Principles (3)

ECON 202 Macroeconomic Principles (3)

ECON 321 History of Economic Thought (3)

ECON 331 Government and Economic Life (3)

ECON 341 Labor Economics and Labor Relations (3)

ECON 374 Economic Issues of Gender (3)

ECON 375 Environmental Economics (3)

KNES 485 Cultural Economy of Sport (3)

SOCI 249 Social Problems (3)

SOCI 323 Social Movements (3)

SOCI 333 Political Sociology (3)

SOCI 341 Class, Status, and Power (3)

WMST 335 Women, Work, and Family (3)

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

ARTH 323 Modern Art I (3)

ARTH 324  Modern Art II (3)

ARTH 325 History of Modern Architecture (3)

ARTH 327 History of Modern Design (3)

ARTH 328 Art, Culture and Politics (3)

CLST 305 Textuality and Culture (3)

ENGL 462 Modern Literary Theory (3)

PHIL 343 Aesthetics (3)

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 341 Information Age Cultures (3)

ANTH 368 Globalization in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)

ARTH 351 History of Photography (3)

ENVS 301 People and Pests (3)

ENVS 337 The Chesapeake Bay and its Watershed (3)

PHIL 319 Science, Technology, and Values (3)

SOCI 312 Sociology of Gender (3)

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 353 Latinas in the Americas (3)

ARTH 328 Art, Culture and Politics (3)

CLST 309 Performance Culture (3)

ENGL 336 Postcolonial Literature (3)

ENGL 462 Modern Literary Theory (3)

KNES 285 Sport:  Cross-cultural perspective (3)

PHIL 204 Race, Class, and Gender (3)

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 341 Women in Art (3)

ARTH 335 African-American Art (3)

CLST 309 Performance Culture (3)

HLTH 218 Women’s Health (3)

HLTH 220 Sexuality in a Diverse Society (3)

KNES 353 Sport and Society (3)

LGBT 101 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies (3)

LGBT    381 Readings in LGBT Studies (3)

PHIL 204 Race, Class, and Gender (3)

SOCI 243 Sociology of Race, Class and Gender (3)

SOCI 312 Sociology of Gender (3)

WMST 336 Women and Medicine (3)

WMST 338 Women and Sexuality (3)

WMST 339 Reproductive Technologies and the Future of Motherhood (3)

 

Minor in Cultural Studies (18 units)

The minor in Cultural Studies is designed to enhance and supplement students’ studies in a number of other areas, including anthropology, education, English and mass communication.  In these areas of study, the fundamental questions posed by cultural studies give students a broader, more critical look at the interactions between their fields of study and society as a whole.  These courses may also provide a useful complement to any undergraduate program of study.

Requirements:

Students minoring in cultural studies must complete 18 units, including the introductory course (3 units), the methodology course, 2 core courses, and two Electives (6 units), one of which must be upper-division.  Students must earn a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher in all courses in the minor.

I.  Introductory Course

CLST 201:  Introduction to Cultural Studies.  GenEd II.B.3 (3 units)

II.  Methodology Course

CLST 300:  Methods of Cultural Inquiry. GenEd I.D (3 units)

III.  Core Courses (6 units; Two of the following courses)

CLST 301: Perspectives in Global Culture* (3)

CLST 303: Identity and Culture* (3)

CLST 307: Visual Culture* (3)

CLST 311: Science, Technology, and Culture (3)

CLST 370:  Special Topics in Cultural Studies* (3)

IV.  Electives (6 units)

Two of the Electives listed above (under Major Requirements), one of which must be upper-division.

   

 

 
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