Cultural Studies

at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

This program draws together core courses from three themes: media and popular cultures; global cultural studies; critical and cultural theory. Your coursework – in internet culture, film and television, activism, globalization, and human rights, among others – will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary for a wide variety of professions.

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Program information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

The Cultural Studies program offers an interdisciplinary approach to the traditional Humanities and Social Sciences, encouraging students to examine specific concerns such as the construction of racial, gender, national, class and sexual identities, issues of social change, and the experience of power.

Students will study how different disciplines constitute knowledge and experiment with different approaches to knowledge production that might have more impact in the real world. For example, a student in a third-year documentary and docudrama course might submit a short essay and an original film (posted on YouTube) in lieu of the typical research term paper.

This innovative program empowers students as critics and theorists of both historical and contemporary cultural activities, while also enabling students to potentially generate learning that influences society.

Experiential learning and research

This program is the first of its kind in Western Canada, and it seeks to approach questions of identity, power, and justice from an intercultural and global perspective. It will give you the ability to structure your degree in a way that fosters linkages between disciplines.

In third or fourth year you have the option of taking the Community-Engaged Research in Cultural Studies course (CULT 499), which links experiential learning with the development of writing, research, and analytical skills. Students have the opportunity to engage with various community partners in a team-based setting to complete projects that support these groups. 

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Your future

Cultural Studies prepares students to live in a world where writing, reading, coding, and decoding are employable skills in high demand. Secure a career in marketing, advertising, publishing, or web design, or continue your education to work in professions such as law or social work.

Program graduates

  • Communications & marketing advisor, Capilano University
  • Cultural operations manager, Sncewips Heritage Museum
  • Advisor, International Programs & Services, UBC Okanagan
  • Blogger, ANOKHI magazine
  • Social media intern, Jugni Style

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission
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