Comprising 78 distinguished faculty from 21 disciplines to offer an innovative program at the MA and PhD levels that includes opportunities for cultural production and community-activist fieldwork, Cultural Studies at Queen's is committed to a diversity of students and faculty and to the global expertise that they bring to the cultural and academic fields.
Our goal is to create an intellectual environment that combines a high level of academic scholarship and an ongoing meaningful engagement with cultural issues relevant to local and global communities. To this end, we have options in our degree programs that allow students to become involved in various kinds of community organizations, to participate collaboratively with cultural producers, or to pursue community-based projects that have clear ties to the field areas of the program.
The MA offers both a thesis option and a course-based (with practicum or research paper) option. The PhD has been designed around four field areas: Communication, Media and Technologies; Globalization, Nationalisms and Cultural Citizenship; Social Movements; and Bodies and Identities. Both the MA and PhD programs also offer students the option of pursuing a practicum component. The practicum allows those who choose to do so to develop their cultural practice (e.g. filmmaking, curation, performance) or to engage in community work as part of their studies. Graduates will be prepared to continue in academic work or to work as critically engaged citizens in a variety of cultural environments.