Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies (CULT) is an umbrella program that offers specialized and innovative courses in comparative literature, sociology, theory of arts, film studies and media studies. Cultural Studies aims to establish interdisciplinary relationship within the arts, social sciences and humanities. Therefore, within the existing holistic institutional structure of the Faculty and the University, the Cultural Studies program attempts to bridge diverse artistic, visual, aesthetic, cultural, social and literary aspects of knowledge. An interdisciplinary and modern degree in Cultural Studies offers to students a curriculum that includes the following: the history of cultural studies, culture and literary theory, gender, nationhood and national identity, colonialism and post colonialism, social construction, race and ethnicity, popular cultures, literary and media genres, identity and global cultures, film and media theory and practice. The study of critical cultural theory and interdisciplinary methodologies will also provide an opportunity for students to use comparative analysis and critical thinking in studying and analyzing the works in local and global culture as well as the major internationally renowned thinkers and research in cultural studies. 

Cultural Studies program provides excellent opportunities for students for gaining essential knowledge and skills from complementary disciplines, such as comparative literature, sociology and theory of arts, film and media. This knowledge enables students to fulfill their civic roles in public life and such interdisciplinary knowledge will be vital for the further specialization at the graduate level. Students are expected to analyze the development and function of various literary, film and media issues. In addition to developing their reasoning, analytical, critical, and creative skills, graduates from this program will be equipped with communication and writing skills, problem-solving and decision-making skills, critical and analytical thinking, and research skills. Such skills are crucial for a wide variety of prospective jobs. The program is drawing upon the theories and practice of the scholarly scope of humanities and provides the students with the necessary skills and knowledge in the fields of literature, arts, sociology, media and film and prepares them for the jobs offered for this sector in the whole region. The skills obtained through the program will be developed as a result of interdisciplinary approach, theoretical knowledge and practical application. Overall, upon the successful completion of the Cultural Studies program, students will have the critical knowledge, understanding and skills required to pursue a career in academia or in the public and private sectors.

Objectives

  • To introduce students to the key terms and concepts in the field of cultural studies;
  • To familiarize and introduce students to critical thinking and analysis of the  cultural studies theories and practices;
  • To develop problem-solving and decision-making skills in the local and global cultural environment and management;
  • To critically articulate comparative and interrelated theoretical and practical approaches in the specific areas of cultural studies, such as: media, film, literature, visual arts, music, architecture, performing arts, anthropology, philosophy, history and sociology of arts, mythology, ideology, gender, urban culture, local and global culture, cultural heritage;
  • To prepare students for research in the field of cultural studies;
  • To enable comparative and interdisciplinary approach to local and global cultural issues in theory and practice.

Employability

Cultural Studies program provides interdisciplinary knowledge and skills which offer significant employment opportunities and the continuation of education at the graduate level. Therefore, with such diverse expertise cultural studies majors are ready to seek a career in both public and private sectors. Popular jobs for Cultural Studies graduates could include the following: Social Researcher, Customer Service Representative, High School Teacher, Operations Manager, General Project Manager, Government Program Manager, Policy Analyst, Government Affairs Manager, Campaign Manager, Corporate Analyst, Corporate Public Affairs Advisor, Corporate Manager, Business consultant,  Journal Editor, International Agency Officer, Public Affairs Analyst, Public Opinion Analyst, Marketing officer, Advertising consultant, Filmmaker, Film critic, Journalist, Writer…