The Master of Arts in Cultural Studies explores ideological dimensions of culture and competing systems of representation, providing cross-disciplinary intellectual training to support individual research.

Cultural Studies students are taught to use critical theory to understand cultural practices and activist politics in a variety of intellectual and practical settings. As a student in one of the oldest Cultural Studies programs nationwide, you’ll study with faculty-scholars active in such fields as American and hemispheric literary studies, African American and Black Diaspora studies, feminist and queer studies, comparative Latina/o studies, European history, media studies, and museum studies. Your study includes training in field- and text-based research, ethnography, textual analysis of film and media, archival studies, digital and visual research methods, curatorial methods, and oral history, spanning the humanities and allowing you to tailor your academic experience. The MA program offers ideal circumstances for collaborating with colleagues in other CGU departments and schools as well as with other member colleges in the Claremont University Consortium. Our graduates gain expertise that lets them navigate political, cultural, and economic terrain using sophisticated discourse, inquiry, and research techniques.

Program Highlights
  • The Cultural Studies program at Claremont Graduate University is a leader in the Applied Humanities: Our students frequently obtain curatorial internships at Los Angeles-area museums.
  • Choose from interdisciplinary concentrations in American Studies, Continental Philosophy, Early Modern Studies, Hemispheric & Transnational Studies, Media Studies, or Museum Studies.
  • Program requirements include a three-course foundational sequence in cultural studies theories and methodologies as well as research methods courses in ethnographic field research, visual research, film theory and criticism, archival studies, oral history, and literary theory. We also offer an advanced writing workshop course to both our MA and PhD students.
  • CGU is only 35 miles from Los Angeles, one of the most multicultural and diverse cities in the world, offering a wide array of internship and field opportunities.
  • You can pursue elective coursework in other CGU departments and schools and across the colleges of the Claremont University Consortium.

Program at a Glance

UNITS
40 units

COMPLETION TIME
2 years

TUITION
Cost Per Unit 2017–2018: $1,902

COURSES BEGIN
Fall | Spring

DEPARTMENT
Cultural Studies

DEGREE AWARDED
MA in Cultural Studies

Featured Courses

CLST 300
The Time & Space of Cultural Studies

Studies writers whose work has shaped the field, particularly in anthropology, post-colonialism, ethnic studies, feminism, diaspora studies, and geography.

CLST 301
Introduction to Cultural Studies: From Adorno to Žižek

Explores the work of key thinkers in the field of cultural studies, from Theodore Adorno and Walter Benjamin to Slavoj Žižek.

CLST 302
Introduction to Cultural Studies

Students examine the various questions that have produced the field of Cultural Studies over time and read widely through the works of Nietzche, Marx, Foucault, and others.

CLST 308
Comparative Cultural Studies Traditions: Latin American & the U.S.

Explores foundational theories of Cultural Studies as practiced in the United States based on English origins, Latin American and Latino/a influence, Marxist theory, and cultural materialism.

CLST 308
Mapping Latino/a/x Studies

Analyzes Latinization in Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, and greater New York—and such topics as the borderlands, immigration, and hemispheric approaches to U.S. culture.

CLST 310
Introduction to American Studies

Introduces the leading scholars and thinkers in the field of American Cultural Studies and key concepts from critical race theory to hemispheric studies and more.

Curriculum

Course Requirements

Research Tools Requirement

Research Paper

Special Program
In addition to earning an MA in Cultural Studies, you can complete a certificate program in Africana Studies or Women’s & Gender Studies.

Faculty & Research

  • David Luis-Brown profile image

    David Luis-Brown

    Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and English
    Chair, Cultural Studies Department
    Director, Africana Studies Program

    Research Interests

    Hemispheric Americas studies, Latino/a/x studies, Black diaspora studies, American literature and culture

  • Eve Oishi profile image

    Eve Oishi

    Associate Professor of Cultural Studies

    Research Interests

    Cultural studies, Media studies, Feminist and queer theory

  • Joshua Goode profile image

    Joshua Goode

    Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and History
    Chair, History Department

    Research Interests

    Modern Spain, 19th- and 20th-century Europe, Genocide and racial thought, Museums and commemoration, Memory

  • Henry Krips profile image

    Henry Krips

    Professor of Cultural Studies
    Andrew E. Mellon All Claremont Chair of Humanities

    Research Interests

    Cultural studies; Contemporary European philosophy; Foundations of quantum mechanics; Foucault, Freud, and Lacan; Philosophy of science;
    Social theory; Science studies

Where You Can Find Our Alumni

Interdisciplinary Concentrations

As a student in the School of Arts & Humanities, you have the option of completing one of six interdisciplinary concentrations.

American Studies

The American Studies concentration takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of United States culture, society, civilization, and identity through the curricular lenses of history, literature, critical theory, and more.

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Continental Philosophy

This concentration explores Continental Philosophy in relation to the historical roots it shares with Analytic Philosophy—specifically the work of Descartes, Kant, and Plato. Faculty-scholars teach a wide range of figures in Continental Philosophy.

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Early Modern Studies

The Early Modern Studies concentration undertakes interdisciplinary examination of history, culture, politics, and society within the transitional and transformative period that stretched between Medieval and modern societies, marked especially by the advent of print, Christian confessional war, and the rise of the modern state.

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Hemispheric & Transnational Studies

A comparative analysis of culture in the Americas, the concentration in Hemispheric & Transnational Studies explores how scholarship on the Atlantic, borderlands, and diaspora have reshaped U.S. American Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Latin American Studies, emphasizing the topics of empire, race, religion, and revolution.

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Media Studies

Situated at the bustling intersection of cultural studies, new media, critical theory, and popular culture, the burgeoning field of Media Studies examines the creative and critical practices of media consumers, producers, artists, and scholars, focusing on questions of representation, power, technology, politics, and economy.

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Museum Studies

The Museum Studies concentration investigates the history and political role of museums in society, the interpretation and display of a wide variety of cultural productions, and topics of special concern to museums as cultural organizations, using a multidisciplinary, practice-based approach to understand the historical development of this evolving field.

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