Top Schools for Cultural Studies

Learn about cultural studies programs, which typically include courses in foreign language, history and regional customs. Find a summary of degree options at three top-notch national universities, as well as a table that can provide you with at-a-glance information about other colleges and universities in the United States that offer cultural studies programs.

School Overview

Students in cultural studies programs may study a specific region, such as Asia or Africa, and the geography, history and religious traditions associated with the area. The three national universities profiled below were ranked in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report and offer a variety of levels of cultural studies programs and on-campus cultural events.

Top U.S. Schools with Cultural Studies Programs

1. University of California, Davis

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis), one of ten schools that make up the University of California system, ranked 39th among national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2014. This school offers interdisciplinary Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in cultural studies. Students take courses in anthropology, sociology and history while completing comparative research in certain aspects of culture, including food, travel and media.

2. Stanford University in Stanford, CA

Stanford University, founded in 1885, was ranked fifth among national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2014. Through the university's Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages and its Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, students can focus their cultural studies on one of many areas, including German, Latin American or Chinese culture. Successful completion of the programs can lead to a Bachelor of Arts, M.A. or Ph.D. degree. Stanford also offers cultural events and workshops throughout the year.

3. George Mason University in Fairfax, VA

Ranked 72nd among national public schools by U.S. News & World Report for 2014, this institution's College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a doctoral program in interdisciplinary cultural studies, with course offerings drawn from 14 different university departments. Students who enroll in this program can take advantage of nearby resources, including the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress, and participate in colloquiums and special topics courses.

Ten Good Schools with Cultural Studies Programs

School Name Distinction Location
California State University, Los Angeles Asian, Asian American, Chicano, Latin American and Pan African studies programs offered by the school's largest college Los Angeles, CA
Colorado State University International studies program offers concentrations in one of four areas Fort Collins, CO
Columbia College Publishes Cultural Landscapes academic journal Chicago, IL
George Mason University Hosts cultural studies colloquiums with scholars of note Fairfax, VA
Loyola University Among the largest Jesuit, Catholic schools in the country Chicago, IL
Stanford University Ranked fourth among best value schools by U.S. News & World Report in 2014 Stanford, CA
University of California, Davis Ranked ninth among top public schools by U.S. News & World Report in 2014 Davis, CA
University of Illinois Language and Culture Learning Center hosts cultural events throughout the year Chicago, IL
University of Texas Offers the country's only anthropology graduate programs with a cultural forms concentration Dallas, TX
Yale University Ranked third among national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2014 New Haven, CT

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