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Academic Programs

The Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences offers one Bachelor’s degree program, Cultural Studies, and four minors.

Cultural Studies - Major
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Students in the Cultural Studies program study a variety of fields, from music and food, to gender and religion, to social rituals and subcultures. Using an interdisciplinary approach that utilizes a wide range of elective courses and study abroad opportunities, students hone a critical appreciation of how people and cultures interact with the social, economic, and political forces around them. Graduates of the program are uniquely qualified for a career in any profession that values a keen, deeply developed understanding of how cultural traditions and phenomena affect a world in which media and art are created, consumed, and criticized.

For more information, click here to visit the Cultural Studies page. If you have any questions about Cultural Studies degree program, please contact Dr. Jaafar Aksikas at jaksikas@colum.edu or 312.369.7525.

Black World Studies - Minor

Requirements and courses

The coursework comprising the minor in Black World Studies challenges students to question the very notion of "blackness" by looking at the term as a problematic identity construct, a political signifier, and a metaphor for social marginalization. With a final workshop on community activism, this minor sets itself apart from other programs that offer majors and minors in Black Studies. Upon completion, students will be better equipped to contextualize any artistic or academic work they create that touches on issues surrounding the black world, allowing them to create work that’s substantive, complex, and accessible.

If you’d like to sign up for the Black World Studies minor, or if you have any questions, please contact Dr. Glennon Graham at ggraham@colum.edu

Cultural Studies - Minor

Requirements and courses

As part of an interdisciplinary field that emphasizes research and critical thinking, the Cultural Studies minor provides students with the capacity to analyze diverse art, media, and other cultural products found in contemporary and everyday life. The minor simultaneously enriches students’ understanding of the complexity of culture and nudges them toward more substantive and critical engagements with their disciplines. As students hone the technical skills in their primary fields of study, the minor in Cultural Studies allows them to explore the social, economic, political, and historical contexts that inform their work and shape their world.

If you’d like to sign up for the Cultural Studies minor, or if you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jaafar Aksikas at jaksikas@colum.edu

Latino and Latin American Studies - Minor
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From Mexico to Chile, Cuba to Argentina, and Chicago to Los Angeles, Latino and Latin American culture is one of the most important and complex in our hemisphere. The Latino and Latin American Studies minor offers courses in the historical and cultural development of Hispanic/Latin American people through the study of language, literature, art (visual and performing), and social institutions, while noting the significance of their contributions to American society. By studying and understanding the ethnic experiences of the Latino/Hispanic population in the Americas, students working toward this minor will better understand the multicultural complexities of the United States and Latin America.

If you’d like to sign up for the Latino and Latin American Studies minor, or if you have any questions, please contact Dr. Carmelo Esterrich at cesterrich@colum.edu

Women’s and Gender Studies - Minor

Requirements and courses

The Women’s and Gender Studies minor is a rich complement to any major at Columbia. Students in this minor learn feminist theory and engage in exhilarating debates on the role of gender and sexuality in society. By taking advantage of a wide range of courses offered in various fields of study at the college, ranging from humanities disciplines, to anthropology, sociology and psychology, to science and beyond, students have the opportunity to explore issues of gender and sexuality in an interdisciplinary yet cohesive way.

If you’d like to sign up for the Women’s and Gender Studies minor, or if you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Frank at sfrank@colum.edu

To see more minors, please visit the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences' minors page.