Global Cultural Studies provides a broad knowledge base and analytical skills crucial for leadership roles in the 21st century world. This course of study offers students methods for understanding the contemporary world. Culture is approached in a broad way that includes literature, film, art, new technologies, and social media, as well as philosophy and political thought. Think of Global Cultural Studies as a humanities major for a global world. The major also integrates theoretical perspectives in gender and critical race studies, along with queer theory, psychoanalysis, and critical theory. Click here to see where our students go.
Like in the English department, you can study literature as part of the Global Cultural Studies major. But, first of all, it’s global. Whereas English courses focus primarily on literature written in English, the Global Culture Studies major allows students to engage with literature from all around the world. And, even more importantly, it deals with culture in a very broad sense, not just literature but also film, art, social media, new technologies, and more.
Like International Comparative Studies (ICS), the Global Cultural Studies major gives students the tools to engage with the contemporary globalizing world. Yet, whereas ICS approaches global culture primarily using social science methodologies, the Global Cultural Studies major draws primarily from humanities disciplines, such as literature, film, philosophy, and art, and focuses on the lived dimensions of culture. Similarly, whereas ICS encourages empirical work with regional concentrations, the Global Cultural Studies major offers a more theoretical approach that ranges across a wider expanse of culture.
Cultural Anthropology and Global Cultural Studies both focus on culture but they approach it in very different ways. For cultural anthropologists, culture means the structures of human relations, and refers, for example, to belief systems, kinship relations and gender relations in different societies. In the Global Cultural Studies major, by contrast, students focus primarily on cultural products, such as literary texts , films, video games, and social media. In addition, whereas cultural anthropologists explore a specific society through in-depth fieldwork, the Global Cultural Studies major uses philosophical and theoretical approaches across regions that open broad questions about life in the 21st century world.
Graduates have gone on to top graduate programs and professional schools and have pursued unique career trajectories in law, medicine, public policy, teaching, journalism, publishing, and the creative cultural industries.