Cultural Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

PhD in Cultural Studies

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

Reduction of Credit

Students must have a master's degree before being admitted to the PhD in cultural studies. Most students receive a reduction of study of 30 credits based on their previous master's degree.

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Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

As with all doctoral programs, the emphasis in this program is on the development of intellectual mastery and professional competence. Students must complete a minimum of 78 credits, 48 beyond the master's degree. The most important requirements are the field statements and defense and completion of a doctoral thesis that reflects the student’s ability to do original interdisciplinary work that meets professional standards.

Doctoral Course Work (66-69 credits)

Four core courses (12 credits)

CULT 802 - Histories of Cultural Studies Credits: 3

CULT 804 - Histories of Cultural Studies II Credits: 3

CULT 806 - Research Seminar in Cultural Studies Credits: 3

CULT 808 - Student/Faculty Colloquium in Cultural Studies Credits: 1 (Students must take CULT 808 a minimum of 3 times.)

Minimum of one course (3 credits) in theory chosen from:

CULT 810 - Culture and Political Economy Credits: 3

CULT 814 - Gender and Sexuality Credits: 3

CULT 820 - After Colonialism Credits: 3

Minimum of one course (3 credits) in a topic chosen from:

CULT 812 - Visual Culture Credits: 3

CULT 816 - Science/Technology Credits: 3

CULT 818 - Social Institutions Credits: 3

Academic Performance Standards

Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.33 for all coursework, with no unsatisfactory grades. Students who fail to meet this standard at any point will be given a warning and one semester to raise their GPA to the 3.33 minimum. Students who fail to meet this minimum standard for two consecutive or non-consecutive semesters will be terminated from the program.

Field Requirements (18 credits)

Under the guidance of faculty advisory committees, students define two fields that point topically and theoretically toward teaching interests, dissertation research, and related forms of professional development. Students select relevant courses from theory or topic courses not used to fulfill the previous requirements or from special topics courses. If doctoral level coursework is not available in a given area, students may take one independent study (CULT 870) to support the development of the field.

Students must take a minimum of three courses (9 credits) in two different fields. The 9 credits in each field must include a relevant section of CULT 880 taught by that field's primary advisor.

CULT 880 - Field Concentration Credits: 3

Field Statements

Students demonstrate competence in each of their two chosen fields by producing and orally defending a field statement that consists of a comprehensive, critical literature review. The field statements and the defense constitute the candidacy exam for the PhD in cultural studies.

Up to one course in methodology (0-3 credits)

Students must take one course in a relevant methodology in which they are not already trained. Students choose the specific course from program or departmental graduate offerings (600 level or above) under the guidance of their faculty advisory committee.

A course chosen to fulfill the credits for a field requirement, if relevant, may be used to meet the methodology requirement with permission of the faculty advisory committee. Students who do not take a relevant and approved methodology course in partial fulfillment of a field requirement need to take a methodology course (3 credits) to fulfill this requirement. They will have a degree total of 81 credits.

Proficiency in a foreign language

Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in at least one foreign language before being permitted to defend the doctoral dissertation proposal.

Electives (0-30)

Students can complete the 78 credit requirement through credits of additional coursework chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Advancement to Candidacy

To advance to candidacy, students must successfully complete all course work required on their approved program of study and demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. Students must also successfully complete two written field statements and pass an oral comprehensive exam based on them.

Dissertation Research (12 credits)

Once enrolled in CULT 998, students in this degree program must maintain continuous registration in 998 or CULT 999 each semester (excluding summers) until the dissertation is submitted to and accepted by the University Libraries. Once enrolled in 999, students must follow the university's continuous registration policy as specified in the Academic Policies section of the catalog. Students who defend in the summer must be registered for at least 1 credit of 999.

Students must complete a minimum of 3 credits of 999. They may apply a maximum of 12 dissertation credits (998 and 999 combined) to the degree.

CULT 998 - Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Credits: 1-6

CULT 999 - Doctoral Dissertation Credits: 1-12(minimum of 3 credits)

Total: 78-81 credits

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