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Mission Statement

The Cultural Studies 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 focused on gender, race and representation. Cultural Studies prepares majors to analyze and influence cultural phenomena in an ethically-informed manner.  Cultural Studies interrogates monolithic, ethnocentric, and gendered approaches to knowledge, exposing 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 Cultural Studies. 


Cultural Studies students find work in international law, government agencies, journalism, diplomacy, the Peace Corps, the publishing industry, media, NGO’s, foundations, and other global and community organizations.  They will also have a competitive edge when applying for Fulbright and other prestigious scholarships as well as to 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.