Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

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Why Cultural Studies?  

Cultural Studies is graduate school reinvented for the 21st century. We are a self-governing, interdisciplinary graduate program for people who want to develop the tools to critically understand the world, and change it. The complexity of contemporary culture means that more than ever before society needs people trained in multiple disciplines, theories and practices. We work with communities throughout and beyond the university to create new forms and methods of research that could not be done in traditional departments. Our students write plays and curate exhibitions. They travel to Argentina, China and Turkey for their research. They win the highest academic accolades, including Fulbright and Vanier scholarships.

What unites all these diverse research agendas is our passion for social justice. We believe that all our research should in some way be capable of addressing real world problems. Students engage in community based research, working with indigenous peoples, artists, students, prisoners and activist groups to bring about social transformation. They also conduct artistic research (research creation) and present their work in a variety of media. When they graduate, our students have superior intellectual tools and practical skills that will last them a lifetime outside of the university.

You may wish to view our most recent webinarto learn more about the Cultural Studies program and the application process.

Cultural Studies is a vibrant and increasingly influential area of research and teaching. Its interdisciplinary emphasis also is fast becoming a requirement for academics in most fields hoping to obtain grants and to make meaningful research contributions, yet most universities continue to be structured in such a way that prevents true interdisciplinarity. The Cultural Studies Program at Queen's University bridges these gaps, graduating interdisciplinary-based students who will be well prepared for scholarly careers and endeavours beyond the academy.

We offer a highly flexible and innovative MA program that can be completed in 18-24 months. Student can opt to write a traditional thesis, a shorter research essay, or complete a major or minor community based research or artistic research (research creation) project. 

Our PhD program is designed to be completed in four years and also offers a traditional dissertation option, or a community based research project option, or an arts project option.