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Program of Study (CAS Bulletin)

The major in social and cultural analysis consists of introductory, elective, and research components, which together make up a total of eleven 4-point courses (44 points), as described below. Students create a concentration, in consultation with their adviser, from the six program areas within SCA: Africana Studies, American Studies, Asian/Pacific/American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Latino Studies and Metropolitan Studies.

Two introductory courses - may be taken in any order:

Concepts in Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA-UA 1) and one of the following introductory courses:
  • Approaches to Africana Studies (SCA-UA 101) or Cultures and Contexts: Africa (CORE-UA 505) or Cultures and Contexts: The African Diaspora (CORE-UA 532) or Cultures and Contexts: The Black Atlantic (CORE-UA 534)
  • Approaches to American Studies (SCA-UA 201)
  • Approaches to the Asian/Pacific/American Experience (SCA-UA 301) or Cultures and Contexts: Asian/Pacific/American Cultures (CORE-UA 539)
  • Approaches to Gender and Sexuality Studies (SCA-UA 401)
  • Approaches to Latino Studies (SCA-UA 501) or Cultures and Contexts: Contemporary Latino Cultures (CORE-UA 529)
  • Approaches to Metropolitan Studies (SCA-UA 601)
Seven elective courses:
  • Six electives from the designated Social and Cultural Analysis course list (must be taught by SCA faculty); Internship Fieldwork/Seminar (SCA-UA 40/SCA-UA 42) are no longer required but highly recommended and together can count as an elective
  • One common elective; a list will be available each semester

Two research courses:
  • Strategies in Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA-UA 20)
  • Senior Research Seminar (SCA-UA 90)
A note about language/linguistic competency: The type of rigorous intercultural study promoted within the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis requires students to recognize the complex modes of communication at work both within and across different social groups. The department therefore strongly encourages its students to develop advanced skills in language and linguistics by any of the following means: taking elective courses in sociolinguistics, studying a language other than English beyond the minimum level required by the College of Arts and Science, studying languages especially germane to the department’s fields of study; pursuing community-based internship fieldwork necessitating the development and use of specific language skills; or undertaking study or research abroad in contexts entailing the exercise of key language or linguistic capabilities.

The minor in Social and Cultural Analysis requires five courses: the introductory course Concepts in Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA-UA 1), plus four additional courses selected from the designated SCA course list (must be taught by SCA faculty).

Majors who have completed 48 points of graded work in CAS and have a 3.65 GPA or higher (both overall and in the major) are encouraged to register for Senior Honors Seminar (SCA-UA 92) in the fall semester of their senior year. Upon successful completion of the seminar requirements, students will be eligible to register for Senior Honors Thesis (SCA-UA 93) in the spring. Information about honors can be found at