Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies is a concentration within the Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree. This interdisciplinary program provides an understanding of the humanities, such as literature, history, music history, art history, philosophy and language. It demonstrates the interrelations, interaction and influences of the humanities on one another as well as the significant impact of their diversity. Cultural Studies provides students with an understanding of cultural diversity within the United States and how it is affected by its global context.

The requirements of the Bachelor of Liberal Arts program and the Cultural Studies concentration are flexible. Students can focus their Cultural Studies program around particular area of interest in the humanities. The Cultural Studies concentration is one of two 24-30 credit concentrations the student takes for the Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree.

General Requirements: Cultural Studies Concentration I (24 - 30 credits)

At least 12 credits must be earned at or above the 300 level.

Foundation course (choose one - 3 credits)

  • 58.101 Art Appreciation
  • 58.105 Comparative Arts or 
  • 59.105 Compatative Arts
  • 59.110 Foundations of Cultural Studies

Methodology (choose one 3 - credits)

  • 42.431 Contemporary Linguistic Theory
  • 45.301 Theory of Knowledge
  • 58.352 Critical Issues: History of Art, Theory and Criticism
  • 59.208 Cultural Studies I
  • 59.209 Cultural Studies II

Critical Discourse in the Humanities (choose one  3 credits)

  • 42.430 Literary Criticism
  • 45.342 Critical Theory of Society
  • 45.305 Language, Signs and Symbols
  • 47.365 Psychology of Language
  • 48.260 Mass Media and Communication

Diasporas and Cultures in America (choose 5 to 6 courses - 15-18 credits) Other appropriate courses may be substituted with the permission of the BLA advisor.

  • 42.372 Comparative World Literature
  • 42.248 Values in American Culture
  • 42.277 Cross-Cultural Perspectives in American Literature
  • 43.383 Technology in American Culture
  • 48.110 Introduction to Social Values
  • 48.357 Sociology of Religion
  • 48.310 Ethnicity in Massachusetts
  • 48.102 Social Anthropology
  • 49.322 Japan and the Global Economy
  • 49.323 The Economy of East Asia
  • 50.376 French Cinema in Society
  • 52.378 Italian Cinema and Culture
  • 58.205 Studies of World Art
  • 58.313 American Art
  • 58.300 Art, Music and Culture
  • 58.370 Art History and Film
  • 74.301 American Music
  • 74.320 African American Concert Music
  • 74.355 Jazz
  • 71.110 Basic Music Theory
  • 74.466 Music of the Early Twentieth Century
  • 74.356 American Musical Theatre

Requirements: Concentration II

Choose a second concentration from the list below: 24 credits. In Concentration II, at least 12 credits must be earned at or above the 300 level.

  • Art History
  • Comparative Arts
  • English/Literature
  • Economics
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Languages
  • Legal Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy/Communication
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theater Arts
  • Writing/Journalism

Internship (optional): 3 credits
Selected in consultation with the BLA advisor.