The Master of Arts in Cultural Studies degree provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in three areas:
- Professional careers in community-based arts, culture, advocacy, education, and social service organizations
- Freelance, practice-based work
- Further academic study in the interdisciplinary arts, humanities, and social sciences
The Cultural Studies program provides students with a rich toolkit of skills and vital network of relationships to enhance their future careers. Students are encouraged to draw from their own strengths and experiences to develop a career path unique to their passions and interests.
Organizational and Entrepreneurial Pathways
The Cultural Studies program emphasizes liberal arts skills such as critical thinking, research and analysis, writing and speaking, philosophical and ethical analysis, and historical and cultural understandings. These facets lay an excellent foundation for careers within a range of arts and cultural fields. Job titles include:
- Cultural Researcher
- Documentary Filmmaker
- Program Manager
- Program Developer
- Media Producer
- Museum Administrator
- Social Advocate
- Cross-Cultural Trainer
- Community Outreach Coordinator
- Executive Director
The MA in Cultural Studies is a natural launching point into PhD programs. Many of our graduates pursue advanced study within a variety of disciplines with the goal of teaching and researching in academic institutions. For example, past students are now enrolled in doctoral programs in Communication, English, Leadership Studies, and Women Studies.
For those interested in further academic study, these resources address the PhD discernment process and provide advice on searching and applying for doctoral programs:
- Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education (CIRGE) - This center is housed at the University of Washington and is the first U.S. research center devoted to the study and improvement of doctoral education worldwide. The CIRGE website contains emerging research and trends in doctoral education.
The UW Seattle Career Centers hosts a series of guides for students pursuing Academic Careers. While geared toward PhD students, these resources contain useful tip and insights.
As a way of gaining academic experience, students are encouraged to pursue academic opportunities such as conferences and journal publications. More information may be found here.
Cultural Studies graduates are working in a variety of roles and sectors. Learn where several of our alumni arenow and how the MA in Cultural Studies program has contributed to their career success and personal development.
Students and alumni may find information on employment, assistantships, and other career resources here.