Cultural Studies Major

Cultural Studies challenges the relationship between culture and meaning, beginning with the premise that culture is neither neutral nor natural.

Students discussing academic issues

The cultural studies major invites students to investigate how culture is produced, the impact of consuming, performing, and experiencing culture, and how culture shapes communities. With a specific focus on critical thought/theory and social justice, the cultural studies major is particularly invested in the examination of culture through the study of power. In other words, it studies how racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, classism and other forms of oppression influence culture and vise-versa. 

The cultural studies major gives students the opportunity to develop writing, researching and communication skills on topics they are passionate about. The skills gained will allow them to become experts in critical theory, cultural critique and the art of advocacy.

Students graduating from the cultural studies major at Towson University find work in a variety of sectors including diversity and inclusion work, law and government, journalism and publishing, technology, non-profits, media and entertainment, community organizing and international relations. Graduates also have a competitive edge when applying for scholarships and grants like Fulbrights, programs like the Peace Corp and graduate programs across a variety of disciplines. 

Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions

You can view degree requirements and course descriptions for the cultural studies major in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Contact Information

Director of Cultural Studies Program
Dr. Michael Tristano

Psychology, Room 504

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.