International and Area Studies Major: Global Cultural Studies

As a major in international and area studies with a concentration in global culture studies, you will develop a broad understanding of the world, while exploring the diversity and richness of other cultures. In particular, you will focus on the practical and theoretical issues arising from cross-cultural encounters around the world. You will study these both by examining conventional cultural products (literature, film, visual art, and music) and investigating their broader political and social contexts.

sample courses:

Islam, Culture and Society in West Africa

This course will explore the introduction of Islam into West Africa beginning in the 10th Century and explore its expansion and development in the region, placing emphasis on the 19th century to present day. It will focus on the development of West African Muslim cultural, social, religious, and political life, to understand not only how the religion affected societies, but also how West African local societies shaped Islam. The course also aims to introduce students to a critical understanding of Islamic writing in West Africa. It will also examine the organization of Muslim Sufi orders in West Africa through time and space.

Gender, Sexuality, and Change in Africa

This course considers histories and social constructions of gender and sexuality in sub-Saharan Africa during the colonial and contemporary periods. We will examine gender and sexuality both as sets of identities and practices and as part of wider questions of work, domesticity, social control, resistance, and meaning. Course materials include ethnographic and historical materials and African novels and films.

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