Bachelor of Arts, Cultural Studies

The Cultural studies major at NNU provides students with a broad, functional understanding of inter-cultural 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, inter-cultural communication, and bridging cultural gaps through dialogue and critical self-reflection. Cultural studies 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, inter-cultural 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 emphasis will be able to critically and thoughtfully analyze texts from a variety of perspectives, and will demonstrate comprehensive understanding of ethnicity, social aspects of religion, gender, and class. 
  2. Graduates of this emphasis 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 emphasis and general education students will be able to identify the major theoretical perspectives and contributors to the discipline.
  4. Graduates of this emphasis 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. 

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 fulfil a General Education Level 4 Cross Cultural Experience if taken with CLST1004CCC Semester Abroad Intercultural Lab 4.