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Cultural Studies

Major in Cultural Studies

First and Second Years

B.A. requirements, including the following:

  • CULT 100, 101;
  • 3 credits of CULT courses numbered from 200 to 229;
  • 3 credits of CULT courses numbered from 230 to 299;
  • 3 credits of 200-level courses from:
    ANTH 205, 218, 252; ARTH, CRWR 205, 210, 219, 250, 260; DIHU, GEOG 255; GWST, INDG 201, 202, 203, SOCI 212, 216, 217, 219, 226, 228, 231, 249; THTR 204, 211, 212, VISA 200, 201, 206, 244, 261, 266, 268, 269

Third and Fourth Years

30 credits from the 300- and 400-level courses below with at least 9 credits of CULT designated courses in each of the two lists (Media and Popular Cultures and Identities and Power), including at least 6 credits of CULT designated courses at the 400-level.

Media and Popular Cultures Course List
CULT 300 Documentary and Docudrama (ENGL 378)
CULT 301 Media Studies and Popular Cultures: Areas and Themes
CULT 303 Narrative Film Production (FILM 303; THTR 303)
CULT 305 English-Canadian Screen Culture (ENGL 377)
CULT 308 Digital Humanities: Areas and Themes (DIHU 308)
CULT 312 Internet Culture
CULT 313 Topics in Transnational Asian Pop Culture
CULT 315 Television Studies (ENGL 376)
CULT 317 Digital Documentary Production (FILM 371)
CULT 320 Creative Activism: Art, Media, and Social Justice (ARTH 323)
CULT 325 Media and the Politics of Identity
CULT 362 Advance Practice in Photography (VISA 362)
CULT 382 Advanced Practice in Media Communications (VISA 382)
CULT 384 Spoken Word (THTR 384; CRWR 384)
CULT 400 Topics in Popular Culture (ENGL 493)
CULT 401 Topics in Media Studies
CULT 406 Digital Afterlives (DIHU 406)
CULT 405 Reading Gothic Film (ENGL 455)
CULT 409 Topics in Digital Humanities (DIHU 409, ENGL 409)
CULT 410 Asian Cinema
ARTH 301 Critical Viewing - Advanced Studies
ARTH 410 Gender, Art, and Space in the Islamic World
Identities and Power List
CULT 309 Performance Art: Global Perspectives (ARTH 309, THTR 309)
CULT 340 Colonialism and Decolonization (ENGL 379)
CULT 346 Human Rights, Literature, and Culture (ENGL 384)
CULT 350 Indigenous Literature: Intellectual Traditions (ENGL 387)
CULT 351 Settler Studies, Literature, and Culture (ENGL 385)
CULT 360 Public Memory, Commemoration, and Identity
CULT 370 Writing the Self: Theory and Practice (GWST 340)
CULT 371 Modern Critical Theory and Interdisciplinary Methods (ENGL 309)
CULT 375 Auto/Biography Survey (ENGL 342)
CULT 390 Identities and Power: Areas and Themes
CULT 411 Performance Studies (THTR 411)
CULT 437 Postcolonial Studies (ENGL 437)
CULT 450 Studies in Indigenous Literature and Criticism (ENGL 473)
CULT 460 Posthumanism and Critical Animal Studies (ENGL 457)
CULT 470 Interdisciplinary Studies in Critical Theory (ENGL 412)
CULT 475 Topics in Auto/Biography (ENGL 456)
CULT 485 Masculinities, Media, and Performance
CULT 490 Topics in Identities and Power
CULT 491 Black Intellectual Traditions (ENGL 491)
ANTH 355 Ethnography of Development
ANTH 377 Sociolinguistics
ANTH 401 Contemporary Theory in Anthropology
GEOG 359 Culture, Space, and Politics
GEOG 480 Advanced Seminar in Critical Geography
GWST 333 Perspectives on Gendered Bodies
GWST 335 Gender and Women's Studies in Humanities
GWST 419 (3) Gender, Dress, and Fashion: Histories and Theories
HIST 352 Class and Culture in Latin America
INDG 301 Examining Indigenous Methodology: En'owkinwixw
INDG 303 Indigenous Studies Theory and Methodology
INDG 305 Indigenous Justice
INDG 306 Indigenous Land Claims
INDG 308 Indigenous Culture, Heritage, and Intellectual Property
INDG 310 Gender Nation State Resistance
INDG 420 Indigenous Perspectives on Food, Place, Identity, and Biodiversity
INDG 440 Residential Schools and Reconciliation
INDG 450 Women Feminisms Activisms
SOCI 301 Sociology of Development and Underdevelopment
SOCI 313 Advanced Studies in Sociology of Gender
SOCI 320 Cultural Studies in Sociology
SOCI 371 Deviance and Social Control
SOCI 415 Feminist Theory
SOCI 430 Labour in a Global Economy
SOCI 467 Social Movements
Other Cultural Studies Courses
CULT 495 Directed Studies
CULT 499 Community-Engaged Research in Cultural Studies

Not all courses will be offered each year; the program will publish the list of offered courses on a year-to-year basis at Cultural Studies.

Some of this program's third and fourth year course options are from other established programs, which may have program-based prerequisites that will limit students' choices. Students are advised to make themselves aware of these prerequisites as they plan their degrees.

Combined Major with Cultural Studies

A combined major is created by satisfying the requirements for a combined major in Cultural Studies and another B.A. program that offers a combined major (currently Art History and Visual Culture, Creative Writing, English and French. A single course can only fulfill the combined major requirement for one program.

The Cultural Studies requirements for the combined major include the following:

First and Second Years

B.A. requirements, including the following:

  • CULT 100, 101;
  • 6 credits of 200-level CULT, with at least 3 credits from CULT 200 TO 229 and 3 credits from CULT 230 to 299.

Third and Fourth Years

  • 21 credits of 300- and 400-level courses from the course lists provided for the major, with:
    • At least 6 credits of CULT designated courses from each of the following: 1) Media and Popular Cultures, 2) Identities and Power; and
    • including 3 credits of CULT designated courses at the 400-level.

Minor in Cultural Studies

To complete a Minor in Cultural Studies, students must complete the following:

  • CULT 100, 101;
  • 6 credits of 200-level CULT; and
  • at least 18 credits of 300- or 400-level courses applicable to the Major in Cultural Studies, at least 3 credits of which must be CULT designated courses at the 400-level.


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