The Mount's Cultural Studies program is the only degree program of its kind to be offered in Eastern Canada. In this program, you will study the nature and criticism of culture in its multiple forms and expressions, including literature, film, visual art, and popular culture. This interdisciplinary program fosters inquiry into the social and political conditions in which thought and expression take place. Forms of cultural expression such as films, literature, and paintings are thus analyzed both as texts and as practices in context. That is: What is happening? Why? Who/what did it? And under what conditions?
Choose flexible options to select Cultural Studies as a major, combined major, concentration or minor. Read the official Academic Calendar Program Description »
Cultural Studies complements any degree in Arts, Science, or Professional Program. Read what our students say »
Numerous electives are available to students on a regular basis, including Special Topics courses that change every year.
Small Program, Big Ideas
What Is Culture? Explore the answers - and why those answers seem to make sense.
Engage multiple sites and modes of inquiry: visual culture, classic texts, media (social, contemporary, traditional), and the ideas and values they communicate.
- CULS 2201: "Myth America" - on ideology. Watch John Oliver for homework.
- CULS 3305: Subcultures - What's "normal"? Who is in, who is out, and who gets to decide? Bohemians, dandies, tattoo communities, vagabonds, poets, punks, genders, and identities.
- RELS 3306: Religion and Pop Culture - cyber pagans, mega-churches, True Blood and True Detective, reggae, rap, and protest music, and more. New manifestations virtually guaranteed.
Also, don't miss:RELS 2201:Evil. (Sign up early though; it's always full.)
Advanced Evil is also available in alternate years. There is no practicum.
Part of a Community
Diverse faculty and small classes are things that makes the Mount special. Our faculty come from History, SOAN, English, Political and Canadian Studies, Public Relations, Women's Studies, Modern Languages, Philosophy/Religious Studies, and Fine Arts/the Art Gallery.
Regular Meet and Greets give students the chance to to mingle with students and faculty. We also host a yearly roster of events: film series and lecture series (both open to the public). The Cultural Studies program also benefits from the MSVU Art Gallery and its roster of exhibitions, publications, and events.
Student Society motto: Semper
transitu termini... "Always
Cultural Studies graduates are working in a broad range of fields: journalism, library science, government and NGO service sectors, education, arts and culture, and many more.
Many of our graduates also pursue graduate or further study in a range of academic fields, including social and political theory, literature, film, philosophy, cultural studies, and women and gender studies, as well as professional programs in life-long learning, adult education, literacy, and social work. Read what our students say »