The Major: Connecting human interest to your career
“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?
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.
your ideas and values come from?
the implications of those values—for your life and the lives of others?
does it all mean?
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
Apply your learning while helping out in the classroom.
For more information on teaching assistantships, talk with your faculty adviser.