Claremont Graduate University’s Cultural Studies Department Offerings

Dear colleagues,

I write to introduce you to the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) for your students interested in graduate studies.  The Department of Cultural Studies specializes in critical examinations of the political implications of a broad array of signifying practices, ranging from film and literature and racial projects to digital media and museums, and uses approaches ranging from cultural critique, theory and historiography to ethnographic and sociological investigations.

Our program is designed for strongly motivated students who can best pursue their intellectual interests through interdisciplinary inquiry. Our academic strengths include critical theory, ethnic studies (Africana Studies, Asian American studies, Chicanx/Latinx studies and Latin American studies), feminist and queer studies, hemispheric studies, media studies, museum studies and postcolonialism.

The department offers the stand-alone M.A. or Ph.D. in Cultural Studies, as well as concentrations in American studies, hemispheric and transnational studies, media studies, museum studies, and a graduate certificate in Africana studies.Our small size allows students to work in close consultation with an advisor matched to their academic background and career aspirations.  In recent years, our MA graduates have received substantial fellowships to enter prestigious doctoral programs at American Studies and Ethnicity at USC, Film, Television and Digital Media at UCLA, Media Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Cultural Studies at UC Davis, History at the University of Minnesota, and Mass Communications at Penn State University, to name a few.  And our Ph.D. students have landed tenure-track positions at a wide range of universities, including at several Cal State and Cal Poly campuses as well as Pitzer College. 

Our curriculum also fosters other academic and non-academic professional goals that have led to jobs in nonprofits, media and television, journalism and professional writing, libraries, museums, and arts or archival management. In particular, our M.A. concentrations in museum studies and media studies blend scholarly research with internships and hands-on experience in museum curating and media production. We draw from the rich environment of arts, cultural organizations, media and museums in Southern California to give our students applied experience and to connect them to professional opportunities after graduation.

CGU is a member of the Claremont College Consortium, which consists of seven colleges offering a diverse, university-sized faculty set within a liberal arts college atmosphere, located within 35 miles of downtown Los Angeles.  The Claremont Colleges consortium includes Claremont Graduate University, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, and Scripps College.

We offer merit based financial aid to all admitted students. For more information about our program, please visit  And if you or prospective students have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Eve Oishi
Chair, Department of Cultural Studies
Associate Professor
Departments of Cultural Studies and English