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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 Students will complete this concentration with a better sense of how to read and interpret the meanings of historical documents, literary works, popular culture texts, and various forms of visual, aural, and material culture.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 Division and History and Society Division

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 4500-4​600-level, and no more than two courses can be from the same discipline (i.e.  have the same 3-letter designation).

Note: Any foreign language course numbered 2200 or above qualifies for the SCS.

  • AMS 4615 Borderlands
  • AMS 4672 Working in America: Labor in the United States since 1892
  • ANT 4602 Hinduism and Buddhism
  • ANT 4611 World Religions in Everyday Life
  • ANT 4615 Anthropology of Food
  • ARB 2200, 4610, 4640 Arabic
  • BRC 2401 India: World Religions, Ideologies
  • BRC 2002 Russia in Modernity: History, Politics, Culture
  • BRC 4603 Encounters with the BRIC
  • CVA 2012 The West as Frontier in the American Imagination (San Francisco)
  • CHN 2200, 4610, 4640 Chinese
  • CVA 2032 Appreciating Classical Music
  • CVA 2004 African American History and Foodways
  • CVA 2008 Cultural Anthropology
  • CVA 2009 East Asian Cultures
  • CVA 2010 Gender Studies
  • CVA 2011 Introduction to Western Culture
  • CVA 2018 The Middle East: People and Culture
  • CVA 2023 Sociology of Family
  • CVA 2026 Immigrants, Race, and the American Promise
  • CVA 2030 African American Music in the US
  • CVA 2031 African Diaspora Studies
  • CVA 2054 Introduction to Consumer Society
  • CVA 2055 Peoples and Culture of the Americas
  • CVA 2058 After the Dictator
  • CVA 2060 Living La Vida Latina
  • ECN 4662 Political Economy of Latin America
  • ECN 4677 Regional Economies
  • EPS 4561 Ghana: Culture, Society, and Entrepreneurship in Developing Economies
  • EPS 4572 Entrepreneurship in Asia
  • EXP 4665 South Africa: Culture, Society, and Entrepreneurship in a Developing Economy
  • FRN 2200, 4620, 4630, 4640 French
  • GDR 3610 Women’s Studies
  • HIS 4601 European Renaissance: Culture and Identity
  • HIS 4604 Sexuality and Power in Modern Society
  • HIS 4606 Cultural History of American Business
  • HIS 4608 Social Responsibility in Malaysia
  • HIS 4620 Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
  • HIS 4612 Drugs and Intoxicants in World History
  • HIS 4674 The Personal Is Political: Women and Gender in Modern U.S. History
  • HSS 2000 The Making of Modern America
  • HSS 2006 South Asian History
  • HSS 2025 Decolonization and Revolution in the Twentieth Century
  • HSS 2003 Latin American History
  • HSS 2008 History of the Civil Rights Movement
  • HSS 2018 Introduction to Sociology
  • HSS 2020 Media Studies
  • HSS 2034 Modern European History
  • HSS 2058 Modern American City
  • HSS 2060 African History and Foodways
  • HUM 4600 Seminar in Human Rights (2 credits)
  • HUM 4615 From the French Revolution to the Sexual Revolution
  • JPN 2200, 4610 Japanese
  • LIT 4611 East and West: Writings of Trespass
  • LIT 4676 The (Un) Natural Imagination: American Nature Writing and the Human Spirit
  • LVA 2005 Art as a Visual Language
  • LVA 2007 International Cinema
  • LVA 2009 American Film History
  • LVA 2032  Survey of Art in Western Culture
  • LVA 2067 Film and the City
  • LVA 2073 Middle Eastern Literature
  • LVA 2075 Design for Living
  • LVA 2472 Detective Fiction, Film Noir, and Social Criticism
  • MDS 4610 Advertising, Media, and Society
  • MDS 4615 Media, Culture, and the Environment
  • MOB 4518 Arts and Entertainment Management
  • MUS 4620 Global Pop
  • POL 4630 Critical Race Studies
  • SPN 2200,4610,4620,4630,4640,4650 Spanish
  • VSA 4600 Art, Religion, and Politics in Ancient Egypt
  • VSA 4602 Late Nineteenth-Century Art
  • VSA 4610 Art in the Early Twentieth Century
  • VSA 4610 Arts of the Renaissance​