In Cultural Studies, you’ll analyse film, social media, graphic novels, art, fashion, sport, everyday activities, and many more, 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.
- Create your own pathway of study, which might emphasise popular culture and media, gender and sexuality, human-animal studies, or culture in Aotearoa.
- You can combine wide-ranging topics like cinema studies, digital humanities and online cultures, sociology, Māori and Indigenous studies, and more.
- You will be exposed to 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 major
For the major in the Bachelor of Arts, complete the following courses:
- CULT202 Cultural Politics/Cultural Activism
- Two 200-level CULT courses (or other courses approved by the Programme Coordinator)
- Two 300-level CULT courses (or other courses approved by the Programme Coordinator)
Cultural Studies minor
For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport Coaching, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:
- 75 points in 100 to 300-level CULT courses, or other courses approved by the Programme Coordinator, with at least 45 points above 100-level
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 working with and for others, making it easy for you to move in the job market.
Some 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.
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