Major in Cultural Studies

Course Planning

The Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies program offers courses at all four undergraduate levels. Students with 70% or better in 12 credits of first and second year Cultural Studies courses can declare a Cultural Studies major or minor in 2nd year.

This program has significant flexibility. Students can choose from a variety of courses not only in Cultural Studies but also in collaborating programs such as Indigenous Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Sociology.

In order to complete a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Cultural Studies, Students need to complete 81 required credits, that includes BA requirements and major requirements, and 39 elective credits for a total of 120 credits.

BA degree credits CULT

Year 1

Students take two introductory CULT courses: CULT 100 Media and Popular Cultures in Global Context and CULT 101 Cultural Studies Practices. In the first or second year, student take one 100- or 200-level course in Creative Writing, Digital Humanities, Gender and Women’s Studies, Indigenous Studies, Sociology, Theatre, and/or Visual Arts.

Sample Year One

  • CULT 100 Media and Popular Cultures in Global Context
  • First Year English requirement
  • Language Requirement
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • CULT 101 Cultural Studies Practices
  • VISA 106: Intro to Digital Media
  • First Year English requirement
  • Language Requirement
  • BA Requirement OR Elective

Year 2

Students choose at least one course in each of the three Cultural Studies Streams: Media and Popular Culture, Global Cultural Studies, and Critical and Cultural Theory.

Sample Year Two

  • CULT 210 Reading Screens
  • CULT 215 Cultural Industries
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • CULT 250 Foundations: Indigenous Literature
  • CULT 275 Interdisciplinary Theory and Method in Literary Research
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective

Years Three and Four

Students take at least three courses in each of the three Cultural Studies Streams at the 300- and 400- levels: Media and Popular Culture, Global Cultural Studies, and Critical and Cultural Theory. Students take 30 credits from a range of 300- and 400-level courses.

Sample Year Three

Media and Popular Cultures Stream
  • CULT 320 Creative Activism: Art, Media, and Social Justice (ARTH 323)
  • CULT 310 Advanced Photography (VISA 362)
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
Global Cultural Studies Stream
  • CULT 350 Indigenous Literature: Intellectual Traditions (ENGL 387)
  • INDG 302 Indigenous Governance
  • ANTH 355 Ethnography of Development
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
Critical and Cultural Theory Stream
  • CULT 371 Modern Critical Theory and Interdisciplinary Methods (ENGL 309)
  • SOCI 320 Cultural Studies in Sociology
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
Media and Popular Cultures Stream
  • CULT 311 Advanced Practice in Media Arts (VISA 382)
  • CULT 316 Narrative Film Production (FILM 303)
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
Global Cultural Studies Stream
  • CULT 351 Settler Studies, Literature, and Culture (ENGL 387)
  • INDG 304 Indigenous Studies Field Methods
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
Critical and Cultural Theory Stream
  • INDG 301 Examining Indigenous Methodology: En’owkinwixw
  • GWST 335 Feminist Theory in the Humanities
  • SOCI 313 Advanced Studies in Sociology of Gender
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective

Sample Year Four

Media and Popular Cultures Stream
  • CULT 309 Advanced Practice in Printmaking (VISA 336)
  • CULT 312 Internet Culture
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
Global Cultural Studies Stream
  • CULT 450 Studies in Indigenous Literature and Criticism (ENGL 473)
    ANTH 473 Living Languages: Critical Approaches to Endangered Language
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
Critical and Cultural Theory Stream
  • ARTH 301 Critical Viewing – Advanced Studies
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
Media and Popular Cultures Stream
  • CULT 400M Topics in Popular Culture: Interactive Documentary (ENGL 493M)
    CULT 401J Topics in Media Studies: Gender, Race, and Media
  • CULT 410C Asia Cinema: Transnational Korean Cinema
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
Global Cultural Studies Stream
  • ARTH 410 Gender, Art, and Space in the Islamic World
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
Critical and Cultural Theory Stream
  • CULT 460 Posthumanism and Critical Animal Studies (ENGL 457)
  • CULT 470A Interdisciplinary Studies in Critical Theory: Gender, Race, Medicine & the Construction of the Hysteric (ENGL 412)
  • CULT 475B Topics in Auto/Biography: Graphic Memoir (ENGL 456)
  • BA Requirement OR Elective
  • BA Requirement OR Elective

Note: The courses listed in each stream are examples only, course offerings change every year. We recommend you meet with an advisor or program coordinator to decide which required, elective or BA requirement courses you take in each term as there are many choices available.

Academic Advisor

In FCCS, we have a dedicated advisor for the programs and degrees that we offer.

Christine Squire
Academic Advising, UNC 207D
250.807.9469 or 1.866.596.0767
christine.squire@ubc.ca

The Academic Advising office also has a number of knowledgeable and helpful staff to assist you with all of your questions about your degree.

Cultural Studies Program Coordinator

Kyong Yoon
Associate Professor, Cultural Studies
kyong.yoon@ubc.ca