Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

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The MA Program

The highly flexible Master's degree requires a combination of core courses, elective courses, attendance at our professional development seminar series (CUST802), and a thesis, research paper, or project. It is designed to be completed in 18-24 months.

MA with Thesis 

The thesis is a traditional academic essay written in several chapters normally comprising a research question, literature review, argument, and bibliography. It is subject to an oral defence.

4 courses
+ CUST 802 Seminar Series
+ 20,000 - 25,000 word thesis 

MA with Research Paper

The research paper is a long academic essay addressing a single research question. It is not subject to an oral defence, but graded on a pass/fail basis by the supervisor and another reader.

6 courses
+ CUST 802 Seminar Series
​+ 10,000 - 12,000 word research paper 

MA with Major Project

The major project can be any kind of cultural research-creation work or community-based activity that is approved by the supervisory committee. Students will also be expected to show that they are capable of using the critical skills developed in the program course work, and of being reflexive about their own work. There must be clear signs of the successful integration of the analytic and production/participatory components of the project. Where appropriate, assessments from community collaborators will be considered in the evaluation process. Like a thesis, the major project is subject to an oral defence. 

4 courses
+ CUST 802 Seminar Series
+ major project 

MA with Minor Project

The minor project can be any kind of cultural research-creation work or community-based activity that is approved by the supervisory committee. Students will also be expected to show that they are capable of using the critical skills developed in the program course work, and of being reflexive about their own work. There must be clear signs of the successful integration of the analytic and production/participatory components of the project. Where appropriate, assessments from community collaborators will be considered in the evaluation process. The project is graded on a pass-fail basis by the supervisor and one other assessor.

6 courses
+ CUST 802 Seminar Series
​+ minor project 

General procedures concerning the Master's thesis required of all candidates for the M.A. are defined by the School of Graduate Studies. Students who take the major project option also have an oral defence.

 

Research Strengths

The main strength of the MA program is that students typically work with a committee of two faculty from different departments. This allows students to be guided towards theorizing specific fields and areas from multiple perspectives, rather than being trained in a single disciplinary perspective. The program's fundamental guiding principle is that the benefits of this multidisciplinary approach outweigh the disadvantages when it comes to grappling with complex, culturally-embedded forms, objects and processes. We welcome applications from students who are working on any field that can be supported from within the cultural studies framework. You may also wish to consult our list of research areas that we are currently focussing on. Please email the program director for further information.