Welcome to the Cultural Studies Program
Cultural Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of culture in multiple forms, from the workings of culture industries--those institutions that produce mass culture--to how people make sense of the culture around them. With a focus on mass culture goes an interest in popular culture. From popular music (KS210) to cartoons and comics (KS205), to monsters (KS340) and remix culture (KS400), Cultural Studies seeks to understand how cultural objects and processes matter in everyday life. Cultural Studies resides at the intersection of the Social Sciences, the Humanities, and the Arts, and it understands scholarship as having an integral role to play in global social justice. Cultural studies works to break down barriers that can sometimes divide academia from the communities it studies. The integration of Community Service Learning (KS300) into our courses is one way we integrate our concern for social justice into our curriculum.Cultural Studies at WLU is a dynamic program with a strong tradition of interdisciplinary teaching and research. Cultural Studies classrooms are exciting and innovative and you may well find yourself tackling unique assignments while drawing critical conclusions about things you experience and encounter everyday. If you are an engaged learner, Cultural Studies will certainly be a good fit for you. The program offers both a Minor and a Combined Honours Major in Cultural Studies. The Combined Major is taken in conjunction with another Honours BA program.
After Cultural Studies
Students with a Cultural Studies background will be able to understand, critique and transform cultural practices. Graduates from Cultural Studies have gone on to graduate school, as well as careers in the culture industries (music recording industries; film production), cultural organizations (museums), non-governmental organizations, advocacy groups, public health organizations, human resources, and a range of other positions.
Want to learn more about Cultural Studies?
Check out the video created by Christine Orlowski (Cultural Studies and Communication Studies) and Priscilla Galvez (Film Studies) and featuring Cultural Studies students, alumni and faculty.
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UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC ADVISING
Dr. Alexandra Boutros, Program Coordinator
ext. 2917 DAWB 2-130
By appointment only at
DAWB 2-119; ext.3330
Cultural Studies 100 and Cultural Studies 101 are two interdisciplinary core courses that introduce students to the dynamic and innovative Cultural Studies Program at Laurier. Through an exploration of the forces that produce what culture validates as knowledge, the Cultural Studies Program at Wilfrid Laurier University—beginning with KS 100 and KS 101— fosters cultural literacy, encourages students to develop critical insights into the world in which we live and to communicate these insights clearly and effectively.