cultural studies

Cultural studies is both its own unique field and an approach that works across the humanities and social sciences.

You’ll find programs and courses with an emphasis in African American studies, international studies, maritime studies, queer studies, and women’s and gender studies.

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

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Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Planned offerings for 2020–21
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
America in Translation: History, Culture, Theory (Foundations in CTLWS) (Remote/In-Person*) FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Arts, Culture, and Ecology (Remote/In-Person*) SO-SR
  • Fall
8
Breaking Through Gridlock: Polarization and Problem Solving FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Chinese - First Year I (Remote/In-Person*) FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Chinese - First Year II FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Chinese - First Year III FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Climate Change and Colonization in the Arctic: Who are the Sámi? SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Conceptualizing Place: Pacific Northwest Native Art and Geographies (Remote/In-Person*) SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Cuban Salsa (A) FR-SR
  • Winter
2
Cuban Salsa (B) FR-SR
  • Winter
2
Foundational Studio Projects in the Visual Arts: Material Gestures in a (Virtual) Common Space (Remote/In-Person*) FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Gateways for Incarcerated Youth (Remote/In-Person*) JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
In Other Words: Translations in World Literature and Music SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Indigenous Storytelling As Resistance (Remote/In-Person*) SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Literary Arts Capstone–Advanced Projects in Creative Writing & Literary Studies JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Making Feminist Sense of Global Politics and Economics SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Mediaworks: Animation, Documentary, and Experimental Approaches to the Moving Image SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Medicine of Community and Place SO-SR
  • Spring
8
Playing Politics: Psychology, Performance, Strategy and the Elections in Real Time SO-SR
  • Fall
8
Politics of Identity, Scale, and Nature SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Practice of Organic Farming: Culture and Agriculture (Fall) (Remote/In-Person*) FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Reproduction: Critical Witnessing at the Intersections of Race, Gender, and Power (Remote/In-Person*) FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
12, 16
Science, Story, and Sustainability: The Quest for a Flourishing Earth SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8
Search for the Russian Soul: Slavic Mythology, Folktales and Magic SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Silk Roads: Culture, History, and Philosophy of China SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
Social/Media: Critical Inquiries into Internet Cultures JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8
Stalin: Soviet Russia's Legacy in Stone, Steel, and Blood SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Teaching English Language Learners: Culture, Theory, and Methods SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Terroir/Meroir: Toward Agroecological Agribusiness? (Remote/In-Person*) FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
The Age of Irony SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
The Spanish-Speaking World: Cultural Crossings SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Writing and Community: Staying Connected through Stories and Action (Remote/In-Person*) SO-SR
  • Fall
16