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Culture & Theory

Engage in workshops and classes that will challenge you to become both a consumer and critic of culture, gaining an understanding of how culture is formed and the impact it has on people’s lives.

In our current world of tweeting presidents and online crowdfunding campaigns raising millions in only days, understanding culture and the power of multimedia seems more important than ever. Take a big picture approach to analyze how gender and sexuality, the body, globalization, technology, ethics, and laws are represented and repressed socially and culturally in this specialization available to Cultural Studies majors.


Students who have fulfilled the requirements for a single- or joint-major degree in Cultural Studies may graduate with a Specialization if they have successfully completed 4.0 CUST credits in the chosen Specialization category. The same course may not simultaneously count toward two or more Specializations.

  • CUST 1500H: Introduction to the Study of Modern Culture
  • CUST 2016Y: Introduction to Visual Studies
  • CUST 2035Y/2535H: Media and Society
  • CUST 2045Y: Music and Society
  • CUST-WMST 2065Y: Sex / Sexuality / Sexual Difference
  • CUST-INDG 2300Y: Introduction to Key Concepts and Issues in Post-Colonial Theory
  • CUST 2527H: Surrealism and the Languages of Narrative
  • CUST 2551H: Popular Culture and Modern Thought: Ideology, Language
  • CUST 2552H: Popular Culture and Modern Thought: Gender, Globalization, and the Virtual
  • CUST 2560H/2060Y: The Making of the Modern Body
  • CUST 2572H: Workshop: Performance and Protest
  • CUST 3029Y: Utopia (Future Fiction)
  • CUST 3087Y: Community-Based Research Project
  • CUST-WMST 3250H: Queer Feminisms
  • CUST 3531H: Mass Media and War
  • CUST-IDST 3532H/3032Y: Issues in Global Media
  • CUST 3550H: Studies in Cultural Theory
  • CUST 3556H/3056Y: Place Matters – Art, Letters, and Landscape
  • CUST-POST 3570Y/3571H: Cultural Politics
  • CUST 3580H/3080Y: Text and Image
  • CUST 3900Y/3901H/3902H: Reading Course
  • CUST 4010Y/4020D: Honours Thesis
  • CUST 4035Y: Contemporary Topics in Media Studies
  • CUST 4041Y/4541H: Internship in Media and Cultural Studies
  • CUST 4173H: Workshop: Adaptation and Performance
  • CUST-WMST 4250: Queer Feminisms
  • CUST 4515H/4015Y: Art Culture Theory
  • CUST 4522H: Advanced Topics in Narrative: Handcuffed to (Literary) History
  • CUST 4529H/4029Y: Advanced Studies in Science Fiction
  • CUST-POST 4538H: Media Ecologies
  • CUST 4550H: Advanced Studies in Cultural Theory
  • CUST 4565H: Psychoanalysis and Cultural Studies
  • CUST 4580H/4080Y: Text and Image
  • CUST 4586H: Cinema in the Digital Age
  • CUST 4900Y/4901H/4902H: Reading Course

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A.
  • B.A. (Honours)


  • Peterborough

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  • Make contributions to the community while gaining hands-on research experience through a Community-Based Research Project.
  • Work one-on-one with your professor by taking a reading course.
  • Get an in-depth, practical understanding of topics including Performance & Protest and Adaptation & Performance through workshops led by practicing artists.
  • Get real world work experience through a fourth-year internship.
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Career Paths:

Career Opportunities

  • TV and Radio Producer
  • Advertising and Marketing Executive
  • Author
  • Web Content Manager
  • Events Planner
  • Game Creator
  • Videographer
  • Communications Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Cultural Critic

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Requirements:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • A minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses, including program specific prerequisites
  • A minimum 70% overall final average (unless otherwise specified)
  • ENG 4U with a minimum of 60%
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