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Undergraduate subject

Cultural Studies

Mātai Ahurea

28 October 2023
Cultural Studies analyses many popular cultural forms that are shown to be extremely powerful political forces in shaping our societies and our identities.


Cultural Studies


In Cultural Studies, you will analyse film, social media, graphic novels, art, fashion, sport, and everyday activities with the aim of understanding how complex our culture is and how it shapes our identity.

This subject, like culture, is highly flexible; you can construct your own degree and choose to dive into what interests you the most.

Cultural Studies

What will my study involve?

  • Create your own pathway of study, which might emphasise popular culture and media, gender and sexuality, human-animal studies, or culture in Aotearoa.
  • Combine wide-ranging topics like cinema studies, digital humanities and online cultures, sociology, and Māori and Indigenous studies.
  • Explore a range of theories, worldviews, and cultural texts and debates.
  • Adding a minor in Cultural Studies with another degree will expand your perspective on culture and identity in your other studies.

Cultural Studies


Cultural Studies major

For the major in the Bachelor of Arts, complete the following courses:




Cultural Studies minor

For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:

Cultural Studies

Career opportunities

From the careful consideration of different aspects of culture, you will be able to develop a broad skillset including critical thinking, analysis, communication, writing, and research.

Your study can be applied to a variety of fields making it easy for you to move in the job market.

Career pathways could include:

  • arts management
  • journalism, editing, and publishing
  • public relations and advocacy
  • campaign management.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Cultural Studies.

Related brochures

Undergraduate Prospectus

Whakatairanga Ākonga

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International Prospectus 2024/2025

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