Cultural Studies (Graduate Group)

Wendy Ho, Ph.D., Graduate Group Chair

Group Office. 3129 Hart Hall; 530-754-9765; https://culturalstudies.ucdavis.edu/

Faculty. http://culturalstudiesgg.ucdsitefarm.acsitefactory.com/people?first=&last=&title=&unit=


Wendy Ho, Ph.D., Graduate Group Chair

Group Office. 3129 Hart Hall; 530-754-9765; https://culturalstudies.ucdavis.edu/

Faculty. http://culturalstudiesgg.ucdsitefarm.acsitefactory.com/people?first=&last=&title=&unit=

Graduate Study. The Graduate Group in Cultural Studies at UC Davis offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of culture and society that highlights how sexuality, race, ability, citizenship, gender, nationality, class and language organize embodied identities, social relations and cultural objects. With the close guidance and supervision of a faculty committee, students in the program pursue interdisciplinary research in areas including studies of comparative and critical race, ecocriticism, fashion, queer theory, media and popular cultural representation, science and technology, Marxist theory, travel and tourism, food, physical and cognitive abilities, cultural geography, transnational culture and politics, globalization, religion, rhetoric, performance, and critical theory. Although both the Ph.D. and M.A. are offered, applications are only accepted for the Ph.D. program, and the M.A. is available as a terminal degree en route to the Ph.D.

Preparation. Normal preparation for the program is a bachelor's degree in a related field. Terminal M.A. students must pass an examination. Ph.D. students must pass a qualifying examination, a comprehensive examination, and complete a dissertation demonstrating original research in an area approved by the Graduate Group. In addition to the standard UC Davis graduate application (which requires a statement of purpose), we also require three letters of recommendation, transcripts, GRE scores, writing sample (ten-page minimum, not exceeding twenty pages), and a fellowship application.

The Master of Art degree is offered as a terminal degree in route to the Ph.D.. Applicants may only apply for the Ph.D. program.

Graduate Advisors. Omnia El Shakry (History), Elizabeth Freeman (English), Cristiana Giordano (Anthropology), Wendy Ho (Asian American Studies & Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies), Caren Kaplan (American Studies), Sudipta Sen (History), Robyn Rodriguez (Asian American Studies)

Wendy Ho, Ph.D., Graduate Group Chair

Group Office. 3129 Hart Hall; 530-754-9765; https://culturalstudies.ucdavis.edu/

Faculty. http://culturalstudiesgg.ucdsitefarm.acsitefactory.com/people?first=&last=&title=&unit=

Graduate Study. The Graduate Group in Cultural Studies at UC Davis offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of culture and society that highlights how sexuality, race, ability, citizenship, gender, nationality, class and language organize embodied identities, social relations and cultural objects. With the close guidance and supervision of a faculty committee, students in the program pursue interdisciplinary research in areas including studies of comparative and critical race, ecocriticism, fashion, queer theory, media and popular cultural representation, science and technology, Marxist theory, travel and tourism, food, physical and cognitive abilities, cultural geography, transnational culture and politics, globalization, religion, rhetoric, performance, and critical theory. Although both the Ph.D. and M.A. are offered, applications are only accepted for the Ph.D. program, and the M.A. is available as a terminal degree in route to the Ph.D.

Preparation. Normal preparation for the program is a bachelor's degree in a related field. Terminal M.A. students must pass an examination. Ph.D. students must pass a qualifying examination, a comprehensive examination, and complete a dissertation demonstrating original research in an area approved by the Graduate Group. In addition to the standard UC Davis graduate application (which requires a statement of purpose), we also require three letters of recommendation, transcripts, GRE scores, writing sample (ten-page minimum, not exceeding twenty pages), and a fellowship application.

Graduate Advisors. Omnia El Shakry (History), Elizabeth Freeman (English), Cristiana Giordano (Anthropology), Wendy Ho (Asian American Studies & Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies), Caren Kaplan (American Studies), Sudipta Sen (History), Robyn Rodriguez (Asian American Studies)

Courses in CST:
CST 200AHistories of Cultural Studies (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor required. Undergraduate coursework in the humanities or social sciences recommended. Histories and traditions of cultural studies internationally; multiple legacies of cultural studies as a field of inquiry in various geographical contexts; foregrounds important critical perspectives resulting from social and intellectual movements world-wide. (Letter.) Effective: 2000 Fall Quarter.
CST 200BTheories of Cultural Studies (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): CST 200A; or Consent of Instructor. Definitions of "critical" scholarship and examination of various contexts in which cultural studies theory has emerged worldwide. Both mainstream and alternative theoretical traditions, such as those developed by people of color and by other minoritized groups. (Letter.) Effective: 2000 Fall Quarter.
CST 200CPractices of Cultural Studies (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): CST 200A; CST 200B; or Consent of Instructor. Methodological and practical applications of cultural studies research. Critical analyses of ethnography, textual analysis, social change, community development, and identity formation. Emphasis given to students' unique versions of cultural studies practices. (Letter.) Effective: 2000 Fall Quarter.
CST 204History and Theory of Sexualities (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): CST 200A (can be concurrent); or Consent of Instructor. Studies of sexuality in feminist, literary, historical, and cultural studies research, specifically examining the emergence of "sexuality" as a field of research and the relationship of sexuality studies to cultural forms, subjectivity, and social relations generally. May be repeated up to 2 Time(s). (Letter.) Effective: 2014 Spring Quarter.
CST 206Studies in Race Theory (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): CST 200A (can be concurrent); or Consent of Instructor. Theoretical framework for the critical study of race, drawing on contemporary cultural studies and postcolonial scholarship in order to understand the social production of "race" as a category for organizing social groups and determining group processes. (Letter.) Effective: 2000 Fall Quarter.
CST 208Studies in Nationalism, Transnationalism, and Late Capitalism (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): CST 200A (can be concurrent); or Consent of Instructor. Contemporary theories of nation, nationalism, postcolonialism, and transnationalism. Specific attention to the relationship between cultural production and the formation of ideas about nation and nationalism, including examination of both "legitimizing" and resistant discourses. (Letter.) Effective: 2000 Fall Quarter.
CST 210Memory, Culture, and Human Rights (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Restricted to graduate students. Explores the multiple convergences among memory, culture, and human rights. Discusses diverse approaches to how societal actors in different historical, cultural, and national settings, construct meanings of past political violence, inter-group conflicts, and human rights struggles. (Same course as HMR 200B.) (Letter.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
CST 212Studies in the Rhetorics of Culture (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): CST 200A (can be concurrent); or Consent of Instructor. Survey of critical and analytical approaches to the study of texts. Examination of multi-mediated objects to understand their cultural import by focusing on discursive production, dispersal, and reception processes, and related shifts in power relations. (Letter.) Effective: 2000 Fall Quarter.
CST 214Studies in Political and Cultural Representations (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): CST 200A (can be concurrent); Consent of graduate advisor required. Framework for the analysis of political and popular cultural representations. Emphasis on concepts, theories, and methodologies illuminating dominant and vernacular cultural representation, appropriation, and innovation in transnational contexts. May be repeated up to 4 Time(s) when topic differs. (Letter.) Effective: 2003 Fall Quarter.
CST 250Research Seminar (4) Active
Seminar—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): CST 200A; CST 200B; CST 200C; or Consent of Instructor. Designed to facilitate student interaction and promote student research by guiding students through the production of a publishable essay. Essays submitted, distributed, and discussed by seminar participants. May be repeated up to 12 Unit(s). (Letter.) Effective: 2000 Fall Quarter.
CST 270AIndividually Guided Research in Cultural Studies (4) Active
Discussion—1 hour(s); Independent Study—2 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Prerequisite(s): CST 200C; CST 250; and Consent of Instructor. Individually guided research, under the supervision of a faculty member, on a Cultural Studies topic related to the student's proposed dissertation project to produce a dissertation prospectus. (Letter.) Effective: 2003 Fall Quarter.
CST 270BIndividually Guided Research in Cultural Studies (4) Active
Discussion—1 hour(s); Independent Study—2 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Prerequisite(s): CST 200C; CST 250; and Consent of Instructor. Individually guided research, under the supervision of a faculty member, on a Cultural Studies topic related to the student's proposed dissertation project to produce a dissertation prospectus. (Letter.) Effective: 2003 Fall Quarter.
CST 270CIndividually Guided Research in Cultural Studies (4) Active
Discussion—1 hour(s); Independent Study—2 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Prerequisite(s): CST 200C; CST 250; and Consent of Instructor. Individually guided research, under the supervision of a faculty member, on a Cultural Studies topic related to the student's proposed dissertation project to produce a dissertation prospectus. (Letter.) Effective: 2003 Fall Quarter.
CST 290Colloquium (1) Active
Lecture—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Designed to provide cohort identity and faculty student exchange. Opportunity to present papers, hear guest lecturers, and see faculty presentations, gather for organizational and administrative news, exchange information, and make announcements. May be repeated up to 12 Unit(s). (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2000 Fall Quarter.
CST 295Special Topics (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Special topics courses offered according to faculty and student interests and demands. May be repeated for credit with consent of advisor. (Letter.) Effective: 2000 Fall Quarter.
CST 298Group Research (1-5) Active
May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2002 Spring Quarter.
CST 299Directed Research (1-5) Active
May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2002 Spring Quarter.
CST 299DDissertation Research (1-12) Active
Independent Study—3-36 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Advancement to doctoral candidacy. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2004 Winter Quarter.
CST 396Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4) Active
Variable—3-12 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2004 Winter Quarter.