Ranked as one of the ten best cultural studies programs in the U.S. by Education Portal, the Cultural Studies program is one of the very few interdisciplinary, interdepartmental programs at Columbia College Chicago. As one of the oldest undergraduate programs of its kind, it has grown to become a premiere North American center for undergraduate research and pedagogy in the field of Cultural Studies.
Housed in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences—an interdisciplinary department with faculty in more than 17 disciplines—it also draws on faculty from the Department of English and from course offerings throughout the college. From its inception in 2002, the program has developed a rigorous curriculum in the discipline of Cultural Studies, combining a variety of interpretive methods and analyses to explore the production, distribution, and consumption of cultural phenomena in their social context.
The Cultural Studies program presents the Colloquium Series, publishes the academic journal Cultural Landscapes, partners with the University of East London for an Exchange Program, and provides a variety of opportunities for internship experiences. During the Spring of 2011, the Cultural Studies program hosted the 9th Annual Cultural Studies Association Conference (March 24-26, 2011). The meeting featured more than 100 events, including plenaries, panels, seminars, workshops, roundtables, debates, and exhibits. More than 30 countries were represented.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact Christie Dal Corobbo, Academic Administrator of the Cultural Studies & Minors Programs, or Dr. Jaafar Aksikas, Director of the Cultural Studies Program.