Broadly speaking, it studies cultural practices of all kinds - mass media, consumer culture, and literary texts - as well as other aspects of everyday life both past and present. Although cultural studies draws freely on theory and methods from traditional disciplines such as anthropology, history, and philosophy, it responds to questions that cannot always be answered by traditional means. It attempts to account for cultural objects under conditions constrained by power and deﬁned by conﬂict and change.
The Cultural Studies Program trains students for scholarship and teaching. Most graduates go on to careers as university professors. Others pursue careers in cultural advocacy, museum work, and related areas.