The Major: Connecting human interest to your career

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Rachel Sadvary ARH alumna

Is asking “what does it all mean?” your passion? What does it mean when museums are asked to return works of art to their countries of origin? When Native Americans protest a ski center’s proposal to make artificial snow on a mountain they hold sacred? When schools battle over the teaching of evolution?

Our Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Cultural Studies can help you begin to discover the answers to the complexities of life, human nature, and the diversity of cultures.

Where do your ideas and values come from?

What are the implications of those values—for your life and the lives of others?

What does it all mean?

Here, you’ll learn about yourself and others through critical thinking, challenging courses, study abroad opportunities, internships, and more.

The Emphases: Digging deeper into your passion 

You will take nine hours (typically three classes) of core courses and choose one—or even two—of four emphases: Art History, Asian Studies, Humanities, or Comparative Study of Religions.

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Art History

Through formal analysis, iconology, and historic themes, you’ll uncover the "what" behind a work of art, the cultural context from which it comes, and the "why" that’s behind the work.

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Asian Studies

Asian Studies/Global Studies Engineering Program

Looking to add a global edge to your career after graduation?  The interdisciplinary ASN emphasis allows you to learn about how traditional cultures across the Asian continent and North Africa inform present-day decision-making.  You can choose from over 75 courses on history, art, political science, geography, music, religion and languages (Arabic, Chinese and Japanese).

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Asian Studies-Integrated Global Program (GSEP & GBP) Emphasis

ASN-IGP Emphasis with an ASN Language Minor (49 units)

This emphasis is a second major in Comparative Cultural Studies (CCS) offered for students with a first major in either the Global Science and Engineering Program (GSEP) or the Global Business Program (GBP), which together are labeled as the Integrated Global Program (IGP). It requires 16 units of an ASN language (Japanese or Chinese), 9 units of CCS, and 24 units of Asian Studies. For more info on this CCS second major, contact Dr. Zsuzsanna Gulacsi (CCS), Ms. Melissa J Armstrong (GSEP), or Ms. Rebecca Deadmond  (GBP).



By studying the natural world, technology, and art, you’ll explore the bigger picture of “learning to live together.” Your studies will compare and contrast the relationships between fine and popular arts, nature and the city, politics and the arts, music and commerce, and identity and history.  

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Comparative Study of Religions

Have you ever wondered how the world's great cultures imagined the universe, and how they lived in it? Dive deeper into some of the enduring questions humans have asked for ages while learning about your world: the ideas, values, and spirituality of Native American, Asian, European, and other traditions.

Each of the emphases requires 33 hours (typically 11 classes) of coursework.

The Minors: Additional education for further prep

The Comparative Cultural Studies degree doesn’t require a minor, although you can gain complementary skills and a competitive edge in the marketplace by minoring in:

Other educational opportunities

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Global Learning Opportunities

Think outside of the classroom. We encourage you to enrich your education and global engagement by studying abroad for a summer, semester, or year. Learn first-hand about global diversity in a program in Italy, India, Japan, or Spain—just a few of the countries with programs ideal for CCS majors. Best of all, you’ll still be able to graduate in four years.


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Internship awardees with Dr. McLerran

Build your resume while practicing the theories covered in class with an internship in your junior or senior year.

For more information about internships, talk with your faculty adviser.


Teaching Assistantships

Apply your learning while helping out in the classroom.

For more information on teaching assistantships, talk with your faculty adviser.