Cultural Studies situates culture as a site of power struggles between competing systems of representations and the ways of life that they support. Our methods of study are critical: not only exposing the ideological dimension of culture but also exploring its radical political potential.
The fields in which our faculty specializes include feminist and queer studies, critical race theory, film and media studies, postcolonial studies, psychoanalysis, and nationalism. We offer concentrations in Media Studies and in Museum Studies, which are unique for their combination of a strong emphasis upon cultural theory with hands-on practical experience. Students in the program can also choose to specialize in Continental Philosophy, which is an interdisciplinary program offered in the departments of Cultural Studies, Philosophy, and Religion. An interdisciplinary concentration in Hemispheric and Transnational Studies is also available to students in the departments of Cultural Studies and English.
Because many students enter the program from other disciplines, we offer a large range of introductory courses in addition to advanced level courses. Students are required to take courses in research methodologies appropriate to their interests in Cultural Studies: possibilities include ethnographic field research methods, visual research methods, oral history, archival studies, and film or literary theory and analysis.
Instruction in Cultural Studies is carried on in seminars. Classes are small and each student’s program is designed individually. A favorable student-faculty ratio allows for an unusual amount of individual attention from faculty members. The CGU Cultural Studies program is distinguished by offering not only a Masters but also a PhD in Cultural Studies. Candidates for the PhD work closely with a faculty committee composed of professors in the student’s fields of study.
Students have considerable choice in the design of their course of study, including choice of concentrations and minor fields. Working closely with faculty advisors, students devise a course of study that gives them intellectual depth in Cultural Studies as well as one other traditional humanities field. View Current CGU Course List, Cultural Studies Courses, or Search Course Archive.
Each student is assigned an advisor upon entering the program. A student may change advisors, but the initial assignment guarantees immediate coordination and planning to each student. Advisors also work with students in selecting faculty committees for the MA final research paper and PhD exams and dissertations.
The Cultural Studies department considers applications on a rolling basis as space permits for Fall, Spring, and Summer admission. Applicants who submit according to the following deadlines are given priority for space and funding:
Fall admission: February 1st
Spring admission: November 1st
Summer admission: April 1st
To apply to the Cultural Studies Program at Claremont Graduate University, please use the following link:
Note: MA and PhD applicants to the Cultural Studies program are required to submit a 10 to 20 page writing sample along with the other application materials.
For more information about the Cultural Studies programs at CGU and how to apply, please contact the Assistant Director for Admissions for the School of Arts and Humanities via email or phone (909) 621-8612.
Institutional financial assistance is available in the form of fellowships. Applications submitted by February 1 have priority for the awarding of aid, although aid may be awarded to late applicants on the basis of available funds.
Federal aid, in the form of loans and work study, is awarded on the basis of financial need. In addition, students may actively seek opportunities for financial support which might be available to them from foundations and other institutions. For more information on funding opportunities for Arts and Humanities students, click here.
You may, also, contact the Office of Student Financing, Claremont Graduate University, 160 East 10th Street, Claremont, CA 91711, by telephone 909.621.8337, by fax: 909.607.7285, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.