Comparative Cultural Studies U.S. - Minor

The minor in Comparative Cultural Studies – U.S. focuses on how culture and politics affect American society. The program’s strong interdisciplinary approach in the humanities and social sciences gives students the skills and competencies they need to address complex and critical national problems and issues. Nearly every part of the globe has influenced contemporary American society and culture, and the minor provides students with tools to understand better the diverse cultures within the United States, one of the most culturally heterogeneous countries in the world.

The courses recommended for the minor examine such issues as racial and gender politics; media, power, and politics; language; religion and religious practices; literature, film, performance; politics; food; and sports. The coursework gives students the opportunity to acquire an understanding of the various cultural groups which compose the kaleidoscope that is America.

The minor will assist students who are seeking a wide variety of jobs, ranging from U.S. government positions to social and popular media, as well as private business ventures, cultural organizations, and non-profit organizations. It is also beneficial for students who are pursuing a wide range of graduate and professional degrees, including law, education, non-profit administration, public policy, public health, communication, cultural studies, environmental studies, media studies, anthropology, social work, and business.