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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
May 25, 2015

Canadian Excellence

Program Information

Program Requirements from the Calendar:

Honours BA Cultural Studies in Combination with another Honours BA program:


Advising Forms:

KS Honours in Combination with another Honours Program:

Cultural Studies Minor (from the Calendar):


Course Descriptions:

From the Undergraduate Calendar: click here

Special Topics:

KS400h - Digital Subcultures (Winter 2015)
Subcultural studies have been part of the field of cultural studies since its inception. Most often associated, perhaps, with the work of Dick Hebdige subcultural studies have examined the interrelation between the practices of certain groups (or subcultures) and challenges to dominant ideologies. Framed in an exploration of critical cultural theory this course investigates the intersection of digital technologies and various subcultures including fan cultures, transnational and diasporic digital cultural practices, hacktivism and hacker culture, gamer culture, online cultures formed around identity (race, age, gender, sexuality, religion, etc.), health, conspiracy, "green living" etc. Considering the pre-digital historicity of subcultures, this course examines digital subcultures in the context of a critical cultural studies approach.

Switching into Cultural Studies/Declaring Cultural Studies as a (Combined) Major:

Progression in Cultural Studies (Combined Major) is subject to the same expectations as progression in any Honours program at WLU. You can see these expectations here. You may want to pay special attention to the section that reads; "Progression requirements for the honours BA program are based on grade point averages (GPA) obtained from all courses taken and will be calculated on a cumulative basis. For progression, the requirement will be a minimum GPA of 5.00 (C) in each of the honours subject(s) of specialization and a minimum overall GPA of 5.00. For graduation, a minimum cumulative GPA of 7.00 (B-) in each area of specialization and a minimum overall GPA of 5.00 is required."

If you meet the requirements for an Honours program you can declare Cultural Studies as a major by filling out a Program Selection Form available online at: The Registrar's Office will check to ensure you currently meet progression requirements for the program you have selected.