The Culture and Politics (CULP) major is an interdisciplinary program that empowers students to craft their own thematic concentrations rooted in questions of culture, knowledge, and power. Students will gain a complex understanding of these terms, their histories, and effects. We approach politics as mediated by cultural practices, and culture as suffused with power. The CULP major fosters an environment for critical inquiry, creative engagement, and collaborative learning. The high degree of flexibility afforded to students requires them to become independent agents of knowledge capable of designing their own program of studies according to their individual interests and talents.
It is recommended for students to begin their coursework with Theorizing Culture and Politics (CULP-045) to gain the foundational tools to critically analyze cultural and political material. They will also be expected to take a research methods course while in the major, to help them hone these analytical tools. They will take on a five-course sequence of their choosing around their individually chosen thematic concentration. Applying different analytical tools to a variety of fields allows students to practice critical self-reflection, understand the politics of interpretation, and enhance their theoretical sophistication.
In 2019, the CULP program decided to revise its curriculum. For students who declare CULP in 2019-2020, the major requirements are as follows:
- Introduction to Culture and Politics (CULP-045)
- Four classes tagged as “CULP Core”
- Five classes chosen in consultation with the curricular dean to reflect the student’s thematic interests
** Classes taken in the major must come from at least two different academic departments.