Columbia College Chicago

Humanities, History and Social Sciences

In addition to a number of challenging elective courses, many of which fulfill Liberal Arts & Sciences Core requirements, our department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Studies as well as four minors in Black World Studies, Cultural Studies, Latino and Latin American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Majors & Programs

For requirements and more information about these programs, visit the catalog.

Cultural Studies, BA


Cultural Studies is a dynamic and interdisciplinary academic field that draws from many traditional academic fields—including history, literature, philosophy, sociology and political science, among others—in order to better grasp the many dimensions of the cultural and social worlds we inhabit. Students seeking a Cultural Studies BA may choose a concentration in one of three subject areas.

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Literary Studies

In Literary Studies, students examine literary and other texts, paying close attention to the aesthetic, social, economic, and political forces that shape the creation and consumption of these texts. The concentration in Literary Studies requires 36 total credits and a grade of "C" or better in all major courses.

Media and Popular Culture Studies
Urban Studies

The Urban Studies concentration enables students to understand how economic, political, social and cultural forces influence human thought and behavior in an urban context. The concentration in Urban Studies requires 36 total credits and a grade of "C" or better in all major courses.

Black World Studies Minor


This minor challenges you to question the notion of “blackness” by looking at the term as an identity construct, a political signifier and a metaphor for social marginalization. Upon completion of the coursework, you’ll be better equipped to contextualize any artistic or academic projects you create in discourse with the black world.

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Cultural Studies Minor


As part of an interdisciplinary field that emphasizes research and critical thinking, the Cultural Studies minor provides you with the capacity to analyze diverse art, media and other cultural products found in contemporary life. The minor motivates you to discover more substantive and critical conceptual significance in your work.

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Latino and Latin American Studies Minor


The minor in Latino and Latin American Studies offers courses in the history and culture of Latin American people through an interdisciplinary study of language, literature, media, and the visual and performing arts.

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Women's and Gender Studies Minor


With this minor, you’ll learn feminist theory and engage in exhilarating debates on gender and sexuality in historical, social and global contexts. By taking advantage of a wide range of courses, you’ll explore issues of gender and sexuality in an interdisciplinary and cohesive way.

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