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Cultural Studies professors actively engage students in research projects that range from cultural activism, community research, cultural heritage and digital production. Recent student projects include a report on the positive impacts of Parklets for the future of Kelowna and perceptions of fair trade labeling and availability of fair trade certified products in Kelowna. View the Cultural Studies Matters blog for more student projects.
Via community engaged learning in a collaborative environment, students in Cultural Studies gain practical experience working with non profit organizations. Our graduates go on to professions that demand creative and critical thinking. Students in Cultural Studies enhance their written and oral communication skills while working in team projects that involve textual and critical analysis. The Cultural Studies program is designed not just to provide students a UBC degree but a wealth of skills and experiences that they can apply towards their career path.
Cultural Studies provides an education for students that integrates their daily experiences and the world around them. The program organizes a number of events each year, including the Annual Cultural Studies Speaker. The Cultural Studies Student Collective is a community that organizes a variety of social and educational events.
UBC Okanagan’s liberal arts degree prepares students for global citizenship by integrating foundational knowledge with interdisciplinary opportunities in social justice, sustainability and Indigenous content. Students who earn a BA degree graduate with a broad range of knowledge and the ability to think critically, be creative, problem solve and communicate effectively.
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UBC’s Cultural Studies program draws together core CULT courses with others from a variety of Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines, including Indigenous Studies, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, Sociology, and Visual Arts.
Cultural Studies students organize their degree within two themes: Media and Popular Cultures, which focuses on media analysis, developing skills in production, and the significance of popular culture; Identities and Power, which uses critical and cultural theory to study cultural production, representation, and social practices in consideration of effects on colonialism, intercultural understanding, race, ethnicity, class, nationality, gender, sexuality, and power.
Increasingly, the program seeks to provide students with not just a UBC degree and a transcript but a portfolio of tangible experiences and skills. Many core CULT courses provide students opportunities to develop skills in collaboration and consensus decision-making through team-based projects, communication to diverse audiences (including oral presentation skills and writing/publishing), and digital production.
UBC Okanagan’s Cultural Studies program offers a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that cover media and popular cultures, film studies, internet culture, performance studies, analysis of consumer society and identity, and studies in critical theory.
Cultural Studies majors organize their degree within two themes Media and Popular Cultures, and Identities and Power. Find out more about declaring your major in Cultural Studies.
Detailed information on the Cultural Studies program can be found in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academic policies at The University of British Columbia:
Cultural Studies undergraduates can complete a BA in Cultural Studies with a Major, Combined Major, or General Studies BA with a concentration in Cultural Studies. Students are encouraged to declare their major in Cultural Studies at the end of their first year in order to take the prerequisite second-year courses. Find out more about the required courses and how to declare your major.
Communications and Rhetoric Certificate
Students can receive a Certificate in Communications and Rhetoric by completing 15 credits through courses from four thematic interdisciplinary and relational clusters, and a final capstone project. This is an add on to any major; some credits can be double counted.
Learn about graduate studies
Prospective master’s and PhD students interested in working with faculty in the area of Cultural Studies can do so through Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) in the Digital Arts & Humanities theme.
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Students are encouraged to declare their major in Cultural Studies at the end of their first year in order to take the prerequisite second-year courses. Refer to the Academic Calendar for required courses.
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Cultural Studies prepares students to live in a world where writing, reading, coding and decoding are skills in high demand. Secure a career in marketing, advertising, publishing, or web design, or continue your education to work in professions such as law, teaching or social work.
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The UBC Okanagan Arts Career Apprenticeship Program (UBCO ACAP) connects upcoming arts, humanities and social sciences graduates from the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies with Okanagan-based employers for one-year, paid, early career opportunities.
Prospective master’s and PhD students interested in working with faculty in the area of Cultural Studies can do so through Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS)
Co-supervisory arrangements with other program areas are also possible. Please contact individual faculty members for further information.
Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your UBC colleagues.
Get a financial boost to start your research experience and help pay for travel and other expenses. Merit-based cash awards also look impressive on your resumé.
Find out what students, faculty, and alumni have to say about the Cultural Studies program at UBC’s Okanagan campus: ourstories.ok.ubc.ca.
“I use my Cultural Studies degree every single day and it colours so much of my work and life – it has been truly valuable. It astounds me how so many of the social issues I was learning about (gender, race, colonialism, etc) have really exploded in the mainstream, making the degree more relevant than ever. Thanks for all the amazing work you do and the important classes you teach, it has helped me understand the world in a deeper way, and the concepts you shared continue to guide me on my journey.” – Emmy Chahal
Students in our Cultural Studies program at UBC Okanagan talk about why they chose to take cultural studies courses and to pursue a Cultural Studies Major for their Bachelor of Arts Degree.
The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the psychology program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.
On the first day of university, faculties offer “Meet the Faculty” sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of UBC Okanagan’s new student orientation: CREATE.
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UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.
More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna’s cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.
UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.
A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.
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