Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis

Overview of Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis Postsecondary Programs

Cultural Studies/ Critical Theory and Analysis postsecondary programs examine gender and culturally based ethnic policies, histories and trends. Specific cultural groups Cultural Studies/ Critical Theory and Analysis programs may focus on include Native American, African American or Latin American cultures. In addition to reading and discussing critical pieces of literature, non-fiction writings and political theories impacting specific cultures or genders, the programs may also require you to review and discuss films and other media formats. Accredited postsecondary schools offer classroom and distance learning courses in Cultural Studies/ Critical Theory and Analysis.

Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis Classes and Learned Skills

Core courses associated with Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis are established by individual colleges and universities. You can generally check with your school admissions advisor for a listing of the specific courses you are required to take to earn your degrees. However, core courses you may take include:

  • History of Cultural Studies
  • Culture and Political Economy
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Visual Culture
  • Social Institutions
  • Global Music and Culture
  • Cultural Theories
  • Power and Freedom on Screen
  • Cybercultures
  • Writing, Language and Culture
  • Theorizing Power
  • Theories of Media, Society and Culture

You can gain the skills to work as a social worker, historian, counselor, journalist, communications specialist, teacher or community leader when you enroll in and complete Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis programs. Some of these skills include reasoning, human understanding, communication and critical thinking skills.

Levels of Education Available for Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis

Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies, Master of Arts in Cultural Studies and a Doctorate of Arts in Cultural Studies are undergraduate and graduate degrees you can earn when you major in Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis. It takes approximately four to five years of full-time study to earn Bachelor degrees and an additional two to three years to earn Master’s degrees. Expect to spend another two to three years to earn Doctorate degrees in Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis.

Outlook for Careers in Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis

With Cultural Studies/ Critical Theory and Analysis degrees, you can work a variety of jobs. For example, you can work as a teacher, historian, anthropologist or archeologist, keeping in mind that some employers may require you to get additional academic training before you start working as an anthropologist or archeologist. Furthermore, jobs for anthropologists, archeologists, historians and geographers are expected to grow by 22 percent from 2008 through 2018 according to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Median annual salaries anthropologist and archeologist earned as of May 2008 were $53,910. Historians earned median annual wages of $54,530. Additionally, and as of May 2010, ethnic and cultural studies postsecondary teachers earned median annual salaries of $76,720.

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