Bachelor of Arts, Cultural Studies

The Cultural Studies major at NNU provides students with a broad, functional understanding of intercultural communication and the comparative study of culture. The discipline of cultural studies has evolved out of literary and critical theory, and the Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies at NNU is distinctive in its emphasis of cross-cultural understanding, intercultural communication, and bridging cultural gaps through dialogue and critical self-reflection. The Cultural Studies major at NNU draws on other departmental areas of expertise to meet our learning objectives. Specifically, Cultural Studies majors acquire knowledge of inter- and intra-personal processes, statistics, and research design through psychology. Optional Spanish and Mandarin language study, cross-cultural field experiences locally and abroad, and exposure to Chinese, Spanish and Latin American and other cultures also provide students with opportunities for applied study and research.

In addition to their learning of important theoretical framework and approaches in cultural studies, major students will acquire a number of practical, intercultural skills. Students will gain cultural competence in part through their understanding of social, political, religious, economic, and other cultural texts.

Administrator: Chair, Department of Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies

Learning Objectives:

  1. Graduates of this major will be able to critically and thoughtfully analyze texts from a variety of perspectives, and will demonstrate comprehensive understanding of ethnicity, including social aspects of religion, gender, and class. 
  2. Graduates of this major and general education students will be able to use a variety of information technologies to research topics in the literature of related fields.
  3. Graduates of the major and general education students will be able to identify the major theoretical perspectives and contributors to the discipline.
  4. Graduates of this major and general education students will reflect critically on their own cultural values and traditions. Graduates will learn to compare and contrast their own cultures with those studied throughout the major program. 
Requirements: 55 credits: 32 core credits of which 15 shall be numbered above 2999 and the cultural immersion experience for major students
CLTA1550. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
CLTA2030. Intercultural Communication (3)
CLTA2040. Ethnography: Exploring Cultural Scenes (3)
CRIM3550. Criminology (3); or 
CRIM3200. Juvenile Justice (3)
POLS1050. Introduction to International Relations (3)
PSYC1550. Introduction to Psychology (3)
SOGY2430. Social Problems in Modern Society (2)
SOGY3180. Race, Class and Gender (3)
SOGY3250. Issues of Developing Nations II (3)
SOGY3340. Sociology of the Family (3)
SOGY3550. Sociology of Religion (3)
One course selected from:
ENGL3420. Foreign Literature in Translation (3)
ENGL4270. Minority Voices in American Literature (3)
POLS3520. Theories of Politics (3)
POLS3610. Comparative Politics (3)
One course selected from:
HIST3250. History of American Culture (3)
HIST3330. U.S. Foreign Policy (3)
HIST3390. Recent America (3)
HIST3440. History of Christianity in America (3)

One year of a modern foreign language (same language) (8)

Nine credits in cultural studies, psychology, or sociology numbered above 2999 (9)

Cultural Immersion Experience for Major Students: Students majoring in Cultural Studies who have not lived in a cross-cultural setting different from their own culture(s) are required to study in such a setting for an extended period of time. Examples of acceptable experiences are a college-level summer school session or academic-year program at an international school recognized by Northwest Nazarene University. Approved Off-Campus (OCAM prefix) courses or approved transfer courses from travel-study programs may be substituted for courses listed in the categories above. Prior approval of a travel-study program must be obtained from the chair of the department. For more information about approved programs and University procedures for study abroad experiences, visit  May fulfill a General Education Level 4 Cross-Cultural Experience if taken with CLST1004CCC Semester Abroad Intercultural Lab 4.