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College of Arts & Sciences

Explore how culture and politics affect American society. Through this interdisciplinary minor, you'll gain tools to better understand diverse cultures within the United States.

The United States is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Nearly every region of the world has influenced American culture: first, the English, then the cultures of Native Americans, Latin Americans, Africans and Asians.

Comparative Cultural Studies — U.S. Minor Requirements


The coursework gives you the opportunity to understand the various cultural groups which compose the kaleidoscope that is America.

The courses recommended for the minor examine such issues as:

  • Racial and gender politics
  • Media, power, and politics
  • Language
  • Religion and religious practices
  • Literature, film, performance
  • Politics
  • Food
  • Sports

Prepare for Your Career

Develop comparative and international perspectives valued by public and private employers.

This minor will help prepare you for a wide variety of jobs, including:

  • U.S. government positions
  • Social and popular media
  • Private business ventures
  • Cultural organizations
  • Non-profit organizations

This minor will also help prepare you to pursue graduate and professional degrees, including:

  • Law
  • Education
  • Non-profit administration
  • Public policy
  • Public health
  • Communication
  • Cultural studies
  • Environmental studies
  • Media studies
  • Anthropology
  • Social work
  • Business