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. These national universities profiled below offer a variety of levels of cultural studies programs and on-campus cultural events.

1. University of California in Davis, CA

School Highlight: Cultural Studies at UC Davis offers an approach to the study of society and culture that renders critical analysis of the knowledge of gender and ethnic studies.

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. A Designated Emphasis program is also offered, which includes African American and African Studies, Feminist Theory and Research, and Studies in Performance and Practice.

2. Stanford University in Stanford, CA

School Highlight: Stanford's School of Humanities & Sciences awards 75% of the university's undergraduate degrees and 40% of its doctorates.

Through the university's School of Humanities & Sciences, students can focus their cultural studies on one of many areas, including German, Latin American or East Asian culture. Successful completion of the programs can lead to a Bachelor of Arts, M.A. or Ph.D. degree.

Top Cultural Studies Programs

School Name Distinction Location
California State University, Los Angeles College of Natural and Social Sciences offers 19 bachelor's degrees and 17 master's degrees within 15 departments Los Angeles, CA
Colorado State University International studies program offers concentrations in one of four areas Fort Collins, CO
Columbia College B.A. in Cultural Studies ranked in top-ten of Education-Portal.com's top cultural studies programs in the U.S. Chicago, IL
Loyola University Master's programs, Doctorates and joint-degree programs Chicago, IL
University of Illinois Variety of cultural studies programs and networks 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 2015 New Haven, CT

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