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Global Cultural Studies

Why Take Global Cultural Studies at Linfield?

The uniqueness of Linfield's Global Cultural Studies (GCS) major rests in its humanistic approach to the study. You will develop a specialized connection and proficiency through literature, cinema and other media in a non-English language. Understanding regional expressions fosters deeper global awareness and appreciation.

The GCS major allows you to:

  • Examine cultural expressions of our growing global connection
  • Develop the interpretive skills central to understanding an increasingly globalized world
  • Develop language proficiency in one of the non-English languages taught in the GLCS department
  • Develops skills to interact and learn in a non-English language environment 

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About the curriculum

Investigate how cultural texts (literature, cinema, music, theater, art, religion, etc.) articulate identity, power, equality and belonging. The following are some questions explored within the GCS major:

  • How do cultural texts reflect similarities and differences within and across borders?
  • How do cultural texts imagine various interdependencies between communities?
  • How are ideas about gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, and class articulated through different cultural texts and how do they interact on a global stage?
  • What images of the environment and environmental crises are circulated in cultural texts?

Elective courses on thematic areas, an introductory methodology course, a study abroad experience and capstone are also integrated into this major.