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Department of English

Concentration in Cultural Studies (Bachelor of Arts in English)

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements ENGCULSCON
The Concentration in Cultural Studies allows students to explore popular culture, social movements, and interdisciplinary methods of analysis. Students may choose from a broad range of classes that include the study of popular genres (such as science fiction and graphic novel), the rhetoric of significant contemporary movements (for example, environmentalism or feminism), and the impact of technology on cultural production.


The concentration requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Concentration Courses. Four (4) courses:
    • ENG-L 389 Feminist Literary and Cultural Criticism
    • ENG-L 393 Comics and the Graphic Novel
    • ENG-L 395 British and American Film Studies
    • ENG-R 340 The Rhetoric of Social Movements
    • ENG-R 342 Rhetoric and Race
    • ENG-R 348 Environmental Communication
    • ENG-R 355 Public Memory in Communication and Culture
    • ENG-R 397 Visual Rhetoric
    • ENG-R 398 Culture, Identity, and the Rhetoric of Place
    • One (1) of the following:
      • ENG-L 210 Studies in Popular Literature and Mass Media
      • ENG-L 230 Introduction to Science Fiction
      • ENG-L 295 American Film Culture
      • ENG-R 209 Topics in Rhetoric and Public Culture
      • ENG-R 210 Introduction to Digital Rhetoric
      • ENG-R 211 Rhetoric and Sports
      • ENG-R 212 Communicating Sustainability
  2. Advanced English Elective. One (1) course:
    • Additional ENG course at the 400–499 level
  3. Concentration GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. At least 9 credit hours in the concentration must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    2. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the concentration.
    3. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the concentration—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    4. Exceptions to concentration requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.