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Cultural Studies Program

Ph.D. Minor in Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies is a multidisciplinary minor for students pursuing a graduate degree at Indiana University, Bloomington. Drawing upon recent developments in cultural, social, and literary theory, this program emphasizes the investigation of cultural production and the social construction of values, ideas, and belief systems. Focusing on both contemporary and historical phenomena, courses in this area pay particular attention to the relationship between cultural forms and power relations in society. Issues of class, race, and gender receive prominent critical attention, as do conventional divisions between "high culture" and more "popular" forms of expression. Students in this program are encouraged to fashion a course of study which meets their particular interests and needs. Cultural Studies is especially useful for those seeking to complement studies in an area of disciplinary specialization with a more interdisciplinary minor. Students minoring in Cultural Studies typically pursue financial assistance through their major department.

Course Requirements

A minimum of twelve credit hours from four courses, including C601 Intro to Cultural Studies and either C701 Special Topics in Cultural Studies or C790 Independent Readings in Cultural Studies. The remaining hours are usually satisfied by taking classes which are joint-listed with the home department of the designated instructor. Students must officially declare the minor during the early phase of their Ph.D. studies by consulting with the director of the Cultural Studies program, Shane Vogel.

The Cultural Studies newsletter describes our program's goals and activities each year.  You can also subscribe to our email list for updates concerning Cultural Studies events on campus by sending a request to cstudies@indiana.edu.

To declare the Cultural Studies minor, please submit the following form:
Cultural Studies Minor Declaration form

To verify completion of the Cultural Studies minor, please submit the following form:
Cultural Studies Minor Verification form