Master of Arts in Cultural Studies (MACS)

The Master of Arts in Cultural Studies (MACS) is designed for students who want to develop careers in social, cultural, and arts fields or to pursue further interdisciplinary graduate education across the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences. MACS will be the first graduate program in the Pacific Northwest, and one of very few programs nationally, to partner the interdisciplinary study of art and culture with a community-based learning network capable of providing students with opportunities to document educational experiences and professional skills suited to their individual career goals.

The MACS curriculum will allow students to integrate diverse content areas and research methods, to develop the competencies central to the interdisciplinary study of art and culture, and to participate in community action research and experiential learning opportunities. The program's unique blend of academic and community-based methods of inquiry and forms of professional practice will provide students with the skills essential for their future success as cultural workers in the rapidly shifting regional and national landscape of social, cultural, and arts organizations.

Faculty Profile

MACS builds on strengths within the IAS and UW Bothell faculty across a wide variety of arts, humanities, and social science disciplines, methods, and media, including cinema studies, communications, art history, psychology, performance studies, social and cultural history, philosophy, political economy, geography, literature, sociology, anthropology, education, ethnography, and various experiential pedagogies such as service-learning and action research.

Bruce Burgett, Interim Director of IAS and Professor, Ph.D., 1993, University of California/Berkeley, English

Diane Gillespie, Professor, Ph.D., 1982, University of Nebraska, Lincoln; educational psychology & social foundations

Michael Goldberg, Associate Professor, B.A., American Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, Ph.D., American Studies, 1992, Yale University

David Goldstein, Lecturer, Ph.D., Comparative Culture, University of California, Irvine

Jeanne Heuving, Professor, Ph.D., 1988 University of Washington, English

Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Performance Studies, New York University

Bruce Kochis, Senior Lecturer, Ph.D., 1979, University of Michigan, Slavic Languages and Literature

Ron Krabill, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Sociology & Historical Studies, 2003, New School for Social Research

Kari Lerum, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Sociology, 2000, University of Washington

Bill Seaburg, Professor, Ph.D., Anthropology, 1994, University of Washington

Eric Stewart, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Clinical-Community Psychology, 2000, University of Illinois

Elizabeth Thomas, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., 1998, University of Illinois, Psychology

Rob Turner, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Marine Science, 1999, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Linda Watts, Professor, Ph.D., American Studies, 1989, Yale University

Application Procedure

To ensure a successful match between program and applicant, the MACS Admissions Committee will review the applicant's qualifications and readiness to do graduate level work through a comprehensive and holistic review of his or her application materials. Please submit items 1 and 2 online and items 3 through 6 to:

Admissions Committee
Master of Arts in Cultural Studies (MACS)
Box 358511
University of Washington Bothell
18115 Campus Way NE

Bothell, WA 98011

1.       [ONLINE] An application to the Graduate School and $45 application fee. Apply online:

2.       [ONLINE] Three letters of reference, including at least one that discusses your academic work. The names of referents can be entered in the on-line application in step 1.  Referents will receive an email directing them to the website to submit their recommendations. You will receive an email after each reference is submitted; you can monitor the status of each recommendation on the application web site.

3.       A letter of application, two to three pages in length, articulating your goals in seeking a MACS degree, describing your relevant background, and relating both to the materials enclosed in your accompanying dossier (see steps 4-6 below).

4.       A current resume or curriculum vitae.

5.       Up to three items representative of your best work.  At least one should be a writing sample demonstrating your research skills, critical and creative thinking abilities, and writing capacities.  Other items may include your media or creative work, products of your academic or non-academic research activities, documentation of community-based or activist projects in which you have played a central role, or any other materials that you consider relevant to your application.

6.       All official transcripts from prior academic work.

Priority Application Deadline:  February 1, 2009

(Applications may be considered after the priority deadline on a case-by-case basis.)

Course Sequence

Year One

BCULST 500: Formations of

Cultural Studies (10 credits)

BCULST 501: Cultural Studies Research Practices (5 credits)

Cultural Studies elective (5 credits)

BCULST 502: Cultural Studies as Collaboration (5 credits)

Cultural Studies elective (5 credits)

Year  Two

BCULST 510: Capstone Design Seminar (5 credits)

Cultural Studies elective (5 credits)

BCULST 511: Capstone Research Seminar (5 credits)

Cultural Studies elective (5 credits)

 BCULST 512: Capstone Project Advising and Colloquium (10 credits)