Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

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The PhD Program

The Cultural Studies PhD program is a highly flexible advanced academic degree designed to accommodate a wide range of student needs. The Cultural Studies PhD program is one of the largest in the university.

Key Features

  • The program is designed to be completed in four years
  • Students take one year of courses, complete their qualifying exams, and then spend two to three years research and writing
  • Students can opt for the traditional thesis or carry out artistic and/or community-based research-creation that can presented in a variety of media formats
  • Students range in age from 25 to 70
  • All students receive a minimum funding guarantee of $20,000 per year for four years. 
  • Graduates of the program typically go on to careers in academic settings

Research Strengths

The main strength of the PhD program is that students typically work with a committee of three 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.