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Cultural Studies

College of Arts and Sciences

Thomas Foster

Graduate Faculty

Distinguished Professor
Richard Bauman (Folklore and Communication and Culture)

Chancellors’ Professor
James Naremore (English, Communication and Culture)

John Bodnar (History), Patrick Brantlinger (English), Gilbert D. Chaitin (Comparative Literature, French and Italian), Donna Eder (Sociology), Thomas F. Gieryn (Sociology), Paula Girshick (Anthropology), Jeffrey Gould (History), Carol Greenhouse (Anthropology and Communication and Culture), Robert Ivie (Communication and Culture), Oscar S. Kenshur (Comparative Literature), Christine Ogan (Journalism), Robert Orsi (Religious Studies), David P. Thelen (History), Stephen Watt (English), Marc A. Weiner (Germanic Studies), Richard Wilk (Anthropology), David R. Zaret (Sociology)

Associate Professors
Christopher Anderson (Communication and Culture), Joëlle Bahloul (Anthropology and Jewish Studies), Linda Charnes (English), Eva Cherniavsky (English), Michael Curtin (Communication and Culture), Jonathan Elmer (English), Mary Favret (English), Thomas Foster* (English), Gloria Gibson (Afro-American Studies), Margaret Gray (French and Italian), Joan Hawkins* (Communication and Culture), Stephanie Kane (Criminal Justice), Barbara G. Klinger (Communication and Culture), John Lucaites (Communication and Culture), Andrew Miller (English), Carolyn Mitchell (English), Richard Nash* (English), David Pace (History), Philip Parnell (Criminal Justice), Michael Robinson (East Asian Languages and Cultures), Katrin Sieg* (Germanic Studies), Beverly J. Stoeltje (Folklore and Communication and Culture), Helen Sword* (English), Jeffrey Wasserstrom (History), Timothy J. Wiles (English), Yingjin Zhang (East Asian Languages and Cultures)

Assistant Professors
Purnima Bose* (English), Maria Bucur-Deckard* (History), Nicola Evans (Communication and Culture), Roopali Mukherjee* (Communication and Culture), Radhika Parameswaran* (Journalism), William Rasch (Germanic Studies), Janet Sorensen* (English), Sue Tuohy* (Folklore)

Academic Advisor
Thomas Foster, 419 Ballantine Hall, (812) 855-5546

Ph.D. Minor in Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies is a multidisciplinary program primarily applicable to the humanities and social sciences. Drawing upon recent developments in cultural, social, and literary theory, this program emphasizes the investigation of cultural production and the social construction of values, ideas, and belief systems. Focusing on both contemporary and historical phenomena, courses in this area pay particular attention to the relationship between cultural forms and power relations in society. Issues of class, race, and gender receive prominent critical attention, as do conventional divisions between “high culture” and more “popular” forms of expression. Students in this program are encouraged to fashion a course of study which meets their particular interests and needs. Cultural Studies is especially useful for those seeking to complement studies in an area of disciplinary specialization with a more interdisciplinary minor.

Course Requirements
Four courses for a minimum of 13 hours of credit in courses approved for the Cultural Studies Program, including C601 and either C701 or C790. The remaining hours are mostly satisfied by taking classes which are crosslisted with the home department of the designated instructor. Students must officially declare the minor during the early phase of their Ph.D. studies by consulting with the director of the Cultural Studies program.

Satisfactory performance on the qualifying examinations in the student’s major department required.


C601 Introduction to Cultural Studies (4 cr.) Survey of main issues, theories, and methods in cultural studies. Topics may include communications and mass culture; gender, race, and the social construction of identity; historiographic and ethnographic approaches to modern cultures and societies.
C701 Special Topics in Cultural Studies (3-4 cr.) P: C601 or consent of instructor. Advanced exploration of a specific issue in cultural studies (for example, “avant-garde” movements in politics and the arts in relation to social and cultural modernity).
C790 Independent Readings in Cultural Studies (1-6 cr.) P: consent of the instructor. Open only to students completing minors in cultural studies.

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