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Cultural Studies

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Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies M.A.

Applications for 2019 admissions are OPEN

Please visit the Graduate Studies website for information on how to apply.

In Trent's Cultural Studies MA program, you will study how to critique and create culture. In addition to studying the theoretical and political foundations of the ways we think, believe, and feel, you will create your own thesis or major research paper project to pursue avenues of inquiry that inspire (and challenge) you.

Working with your fellow students and professors as part of a close-knit community, you will be asked to re-examine and re-invent the ways we engage and enjoy culture. You have a one-year option (Major Research Paper) and a two-year option (Thesis). In both options, you may write a traditional scholarly project, or pursue research-creation, in which your project will include a major creative or artistic dimension. Click the link on the right to see a list of past and present student projects.

Please write us at culturalstudiesma@trentu.ca to start the conversation!

The M.A. Program was founded in 1988 by a group of faculty from a wide variety of disciplines, including Cultural Studies, Philosophy, History, English, Classics, Computer Studies and Sociology. The original name of the Program - Methodologies for the Study of Western History and Culture - was changed to Theory, Culture and Politics in 2002 - and was recently changed to Cultural Studies M.A. 


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