Comparative Cultural Studies
The department of Comparative Cultural Studies brings together multiple academic disciplines into one unit, allowing our majors to explore and develop a deep understanding of the human experience through courses in Art History, Asian Studies, Public Humanities, and the Comparative Study of Religion. Majors specialize in at least one emphasis but all of our degree plans enhance your learning experience through required coursework in multiple areas.
In addition to these core emphases, our department offers a unique opportunity for engineering and business students with a first major in the Global Science and Engineering Program (GSEP) or the Global Business Program (GBP) to complete a second major in Asian Studies-Integrated Global Program (GSEP & GBP). Students in the GSEP and GBP programs gain valuable language experience and the skills offered by all of our courses (critical thinking, critical reading, effective writing, civil discourse, and cultural awareness), producing highly competitive future employees for the twenty-first century market.
Several of our minors complement our emphases with hands on experience in exhibition design and development, grant writing and arts marketing, digital humanities projects, and much more. Students frequently graduate with creative project and real experience in working with a variety of local arts and culture institutions, which when combined with their major courses, result in greater employment, grant, and graduate study opportunities.
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