Cultural Studies at Trent enables many different approaches to the field. Each pathway through the curriculum stages an encounter with critical cultural theory, providing an opportunity to engage with some of the major thinkers who have written about culture in the broadest sense of the term. While many students specialize in cultural theory itself, others combine their engagement with theory with study or practical work in one or more of the various areas of artistic practice in the Department - literature, music, visual studies, film, media, and theatre.
Many pathways through the curriculum provide opportunities to pair critical and theoretical engagements with culture with workshop courses in which students involve themselves directly in creative activity in the arts - theatre, writing, painting, and performance, both musical and theatrical. In the media courses as well students usually involve themselves in production projects such as the making of short films.
Cultural Studies majors have the option of pursuing a comprehensive degree or a specialization in a particular area of study:
- A: Integrated Arts
- B: Literature & Narrative
- C: Film & Media
- D: Culture & Theory
In addition, majors and non-majors alike can pursue an interdisciplinary set of courses in theatre, the Option in Theatre Studies.
A fully described list of courses can be found in the Academic Calendar.