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Social and Cultural Studies 

Social and Cultural Studies explores the relationships among social relations, cultural practice, and economic, historical, and political contexts.  Classes in this concentration emphasize interdisciplinary, multicultural, and multimedia approaches to learning about dynamic cultural and historical interactions. Students will complete this concentration with a better sense of how to read and interpret the meanings of historical documents, literary works, popular culture texts, and various forms of visual, aural, and material culture.  Concentrators will become more historically aware and sensitive to ways that their own identities and cultural assumptions are shaped by constructed meanings of race, gender, sexuality, age, national identity, and ethnicity, and will develop strategies that will allow them to analyze and contextualize a wide range of world events, texts, and issues. In sum, this concentration draws on insights from an array of disciplines to examine constructed meanings and practices of everyday life.

Sponsored by: Arts and Humanities and History and Society Divisions

Faculty Contact: Sandra Graham 

Faculty contacts serve as advisers to those students who have an interest in the given concentration; you should feel free to contact these faculty members with questions.

Required Courses 

Students must take four courses from the list below to complete this concentration. In addition, at least two courses must be from the 3500-3600-level, and no more than two courses can be from the same discipline (i.e., have the same 3-letter designation).

  • AMS 3615 Borderlands
  • AMS 3672 Working in America: Labor in the United States since 1892
  • ANT 3602 Hinduism and Buddhism
  • ANT 3611 World Religions in Everyday Life
  • ANT 3615 Anthropology of Food
  • BRC 2401 India: World Religions, Ideologies
  • BRC 2402 Russia in Modernity: History, Politics, Culture
  • BRC 3603 Encounters with the BRIC
  • CGE 1250 Elementary Foreign Language
  • CHN 1210 Elementary Chinese Language I
  • CVA 2404 African American History and Foodways
  • CVA 2408 Cultural Anthropology
  • CVA 2409 East Asian Cultures
  • CVA 2410 Gender Studies
  • CVA 2411 Introduction to Western Culture
  • CVA 2418 The Middle East: People and Culture
  • CVA 2423 Sociology of Family
  • CVA 2426 Immigrants, Race, and the American Promise
  • CVA 2430 African American Music in the US
  • CVA 2431 African Diaspora Studies
  • CVA 2454 Introduction to Consumer Society
  • CVA 2455 Peoples and Culture of the Americas
  • CVA 2458 After the Dictator
  • CVA 2460 Living La Vida Latina
  • ECN 3662 Political Economy of Latin America
  • ECN 3677 Regional Economies
  • EPS 3561 Ghana: Culture, Society, and Entrepreneurship in Developing Economies
  • EPS 3572 Entrepreneurship in Asia
  • EXP 3665 South Africa: Culture, Society, and Entrepreneurship in a Developing Economy
  • FRN 1200 Accelerated Elementary French
  • FRN 2601 Intermediate French II
  • FRN 3600 Advanced French: Cinema, Culture, Conversation
  • GDR 3610 Women’s Studies
  • HIS 3601 European Renaissance: Culture and Identity
  • HIS 3604 Sexuality and Power in Modern Society
  • HIS 3606 Cultural History of American Business
  • HIS 3608 Social Responsibility in Malaysia
  • HIS 3620 Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
  • HIS 3674 The Personal Is Political: Women and Gender in Modern U.S. History
  • HSS 2403 Latin American History
  • HSS 2408 History of the Civil Rights Movement
  • HSS 2418 Introduction to Sociology
  • HSS 2420 Media Studies
  • HSS 2434 Modern European History
  • HSS 2458 Modern American City
  • HSS 2460 African History and Foodways
  • JPN 1200 Elementary Japanese Language and Culture
  • JPN 1201 Elementary Japanese Language and Culture II
  • JPN 2600 Intermediate Japanese I
  • JPN 2601 Intermediate Japanese II
  • LIT 3611 East and West: Writings of Trespass
  • LIT 3615 From the French Revolution to the Sexual Revolution
  • LVA 2405 Art as a Visual Language
  • LVA 2407 International Cinema
  • LVA 2409 American Film History
  • LVA 2432  Survey of Art in Western Culture
  • LVA 2457 Film and the City
  • LVA 2473 Middle Eastern Literature
  • MDS 3610 Advertising, Media, and Society
  • MDS 3615 Media, Culture, and the Environment
  • MOB 3518 Arts and Entertainment Management
  • MUS 3620 Global Pop
  • POL 3630 Critical Race Studies
  • SPN 1200 Accelerated Elementary Spanish
  • SPN 2600 Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPN 2601 Intermediate Spanish II: Spanish in Global Economy
  • SPN 3600 Advanced Spanish: Cinema, Culture, Conversation
  • VSA 3600 Art, Religion, and Politics in Ancient Egypt
  • VSA 3602 Late Nineteenth-Century Art
  • VSA 3610 Art in the Early Twentieth Century
  • VSA 3670 Arts of the Renaissance