About Us


The Cultural Studies program responds to the need to understand the formation of culture beyond national and territorial boundaries. As the geographic grounding of culture no longer applies, understanding and responding effectively to the complexities of a global(ized) world calls for profound theoretical and interdisciplinary knowledge which is necessarily self-reflective and conscious of the role that power and discourse plays in the construction of cultural practices.

The major will facilitate this effort at Villanova by taking advantage of the strengths in the professoriate, curriculum, student body and resources we currently possess. 


Mission Statement

The Cultural Studies major at Villanova is a theory-driven, interdisciplinary study of power and inequality in local and global cultures.  Cultural Studies involves a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences with a core of philosophy courses providing theoretical critique. Cultural Studies prepares majors to analyze and influence cultural phenomena in an ethically-informed manner.  Interrogating monolithic, ethnocentric, and gendered approaches to knowledge, Cultural Studies exposes students to diverse, multicultural and multiracial narratives and world views.  For example, students may study how gender is performed in Ghana, how indigenous people of the Andes represent themselves through social media, or how hip-hop music resists cultural appropriation.  Students who have a strong desire to know and value the “other,” to learn about distant cultures, and to work for social equality at home and abroad, will find the intellectual and theoretical tools they need in the Cultural Studies major.  CST majors will be prepared to work in the publishing industry, international law, government, journalism, media, NGO’s, foundations, and other global organizations.  They will also have a competitive edge in increasingly theory-centered graduate programs.

Welcome from the Director

Dr. Karyn Hollis

"[This new program] will give our students an edge to compete in an increasingly tight market for graduate programs and other forms of intellectual engagement or employment."

Karyn Hollis, Ph.D
Director - Cultural Studies Program


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What is Cultural Studies

Stuart Hall

“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.