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School of Languages, Cultures, and Race College of Arts and Sciences

Popular Culture Minor

Popular culture is all around us, influencing how we think, how we feel, how we vote, how we live our lives in countless ways.  Television, film, advertising, music, and computer cyberculture are among mass-mediated influences on popular culture while more critical factors, such as ethnicity, race, gender, class, age, region, and sexuality, are shaped by and reshaped in popular culture.

A minor in popular culture requires a minimum of 21 credit hours, 9 of which must be upper-division course work and taken in residence at WSU or through WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange courses.

Required Courses (12 hours)
  • Either:
    • CES 101: Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies [DIVR] [I]; or
    • CES 201: Foundations of Comparative Ethnic Studies
  • CES 325: Travelling Cultures: Tourism in Global Perspective [DIVR]
  • CES 260: Race and Racism in US Popular Culture [HUM] [S,D]
  • Am St 475: Digital Diversity [T,D]
Electives (9 hours)

Choose at least 9 credit hours from the following electives:

  • Am St 216: American Cultures [S,D]
  • CES 209: Hip Hop Around the Globe[HUM]
  • CES 222: Race in Sport Films
  • CES 308: Cultural Politics of Sport [SSCI] [M]
  • CES 336: Black Popular Culture [H,D]
  • CES 338: Cinematic Images of Blackness [H,D]
  • CES 357: Chicana/os and Popular Culture
  • CES 358: US Latino/as in Film[M]
  • CES 379: Indigenous Film [H,D]
  • CES 413: Asian Pacific Americans and Popular Culture