Cultural Studies Department
The aim of the department is to reflect Lowell’s historic and ongoing culture as a vibrantly colorful fabric woven of varied diverse threads brought over the decades by each ethnic group drawn here by the city's industries. And incorporate the University's explicit mission as a resource for the city's economic, industrial (and cultural) well-being.
Students trained under this program will serve other urban (and rural) areas of America. Some will go on to professional training as humanities educators with breadth and awareness in multicultural, urban settings; to legal training as urban advocates educating for and promoting an appreciation of the ever increasing diversity that will continue to characterize American culture in the next century. Students, then, will become custodians of the American culture, as museum curators, coordinators of urban cultural programs, media professionals and filmmakers, and scholars of the constantly evolving cultural organism that the humanities in America have always been.
The Department of Cultural Studies (CU) offers two degree programs:
Cultural Studies also oversees the Art History Program, including the Concentration in Art History.
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
All students must complete the general education requirement of the university. For a full list of requirements, please go to: University of Massachusetts Lowell General Education.
The goal of these specialized on-line classes is to provide instruction to non-traditional students. The aim of distance learning courses is to share, collaborates and correlates classroom instruction in Cultural Studies Programs, such as Art History and Languages with our sister campuses UMASS Boston and UMASS Dartmouth. This type of non-traditional classroom teaching assists students in obtaining original instruction on a variety of courses from specialized faculty through the UMASS system.
See: UMass Online
Students who wish to receive advanced excellence in Cultural Studies Programs may enroll in the Honors Program and attend classes under such coding.
Student transferring to the college and wishing to concentrate in Cultural Studies Programs must make individual arrangements with the Coordinator of the specific program regarding satisfaction of course requirements.
In consultation with their advisor, students may transfer courses from the Continuing Education program to the daytime program.