About the Program

Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film




About the Program

The Interdisciplinary MA in Popular Culture is a one-year program that draws on theoretical perspectives, approaches and methods from a variety of disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as the established interdisciplinary field of Cultural Studies. The study of Popular Culture ranges from traditional textual analysis to ethnographic observation and participant interviews. Themes and topics addressed in the Program emphasize both historical and contemporary perspectives. The program espouses no single methodological or theoretical perspective.

Given its interdisciplinary character, the program welcomes students from a variety of academic backgrounds, including Canadian Studies, Communication or Media Studies, English Literature, Film Studies, History, Music, Political Science, Sociology, and Women's Studies.

All students are required to complete the graduate core courses (PCUL 5P01, 5P02) and either the MA thesis (PCUL 5F90) or major paper (PCUL 5F95). Thesis students must complete two additional courses; major paper students must complete four additional courses. Full-time students may complete the program in one year, while a part-time option is available for students who meet the normal admission standards but whose work and/or family responsibilities prevent them from studying full-time.

More detailed information about the program and courses offered can be found on the Graduate Studies online calendar.

Sarah Matheson, Graduate Program Director

Sarah Matheson, Graduate Program Director