The doctoral degree program in cultural studies requires 48 credits beyond the master’s degree. The core curriculum includes an introduction to cultural studies and a methods course, as well as courses on political economy, gender and sexuality, critical race studies, science and technology, social institutions, and visual and performance culture.
In addition to completing the core curriculum, all students develop, in close collaboration with faculty mentors, ﬁeld specializations that involve intensive research and work in two areas of cultural studies. These specializations prepare students for the dissertation and subsequent forms of professional development. The program’s special strengths include the following:
Students explore the ways in which corporeal meanings are made, i.e. the various ways in which gender and sexuality function in the maintenance of social power. Students also examine conﬂicting ideas about sexuality and their role in cultural signiﬁcation.
Students examine theories of visual culture, covering such topics as ﬁlm, video, visual arts, music, display, ritual, performance, performativity and theories of the aesthetic, as well as their production, consumption, and reception.
Students look at the ways in which theories of production, consumption, and globalization are central to contemporary cultural studies. Courses survey many of the social science and humanities classics that relate cultural production and consumption to underlying political economic conditions
Students study the construction of racial, ethnic, and national identities. Particular emphasis is placed on the making of identities in the colonial context, the role of scientiﬁc racism, the forging of social movements, and the history of racial, ethnic, and national conﬂicts.