Welcome to the Cultural Studies Website
Cultural Studies is an emerging interdisciplinary academic field that seeks to understand, critique, and transform cultural phenomena. It draws on a number of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences to scrutinize questions of identity, race, gender, class, and community as well as to examine how these areas manifest themselves in different cultural practices; also addressed is the meaning assigned to these variables. By examining the link between power and discourse, cultural studies deals with the representation of these identities, for representation is the vehicle through which knowledge of cultures is acquired. Cultural Studies is considered as the next generation of area studies for those who – instead of focusing on a specific geographical area-- wish to study the global cultural phenomena with a set of theoretical tools.
Congratulations to our CST major, Karolina Wolnicki, the recipient of the prestigious Boren scholarship for international study and spent the year (2013-14) in Brazil and she obtained an extension for one more semester. She is now in Salvador de Bahía (Brazil) studying at the Universidade Católica do Salvador
"[These new programs] will give our students an edge to compete in an increasingly tight market for graduate programs and other forms of intellectual engagements or employment."
Director - Cultural Studies Department
“What [do] cultural changes amount to? [Are] there new emergent cultural forces and tendencies? Above all, how [are] these historical processes to be qualitatively undestood and assessed?
Cultural Studies [is] a set of disciplines addressing relevant issues about contemporary society.”
Stuart Hall, cultural theorist,
founding figure of British Cultural Studies.