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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. 


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
Acting 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.