Program Curriculum

Current Courses

Below are the proposed Cultural Studies graduate courses for 2019 - 2020. This schedule is subject to change. Consult the time schedule for the most up-to-date information.

2019 - 2020 Schedule

Autumn Quarter 

Required Courses

Year 1: BCULST 500 Formations in Cultural Studies (5 credits)
T 5:45 - 10 pm, Susan Harewood (SLN #11311)

Year 2: BCULST 510 Engaging Cultural Studies  (5 credits)
T 5:45 - 10 pm, Ben Gardner (SLN #11312)

Elective Courses

BCULST  592A Topics in Cultural Research: Black Arts North/West (5 credits)
M 5:45 - 10 pm, Jed Murr

This course explores what theorist and poet Fred Moten calls the “autonomous aesthetic thrust of Black radicalism” as it has taken shape in multiple formations on the West Coast of the U.S. and in the Pacific Northwest from the 1960s to the present.  Drawing on interdisciplinary scholarship that resituates African American and Black diasporic life and politics in comparative and transnational frames, the course seeks to (1) collectively investigate this new body of scholarship with a specific focus on the Pacific Northwest; (2) provide students opportunities to do place-based research, writing, and/or community-engaged scholarship on political and aesthetic movements; and (3) explore together recent Black Digital Humanities projects as examples of public-facing, accountable, participatory, and accessible scholarship.

BCULST 592B Topics in Cultural Research: Alternate Economies (5 credits)
Th 5:45 - 10 pm, S.Chaursheela (SLN #11315)

How do we imagine and create a world beyond capitalism? This course aims to experiment creatively with answers to this question. We will work on projects for change with students from Ambedkar University Delhi. Sample project themes include: A) Anti-racist movements (Dalit movement in India/Black Lives Matter in US); B) Movements for sustainable food pathways; C) Households, care, and provisioning; D) Urban poverty and homelessness (Delhi and Seattle); E) Media interventions and the politics of popular culture; F) The University in neoliberal times in India and the US.

Winter Quarter 

Required Courses

Year 1: BCULST 502 Cultural Studies Research Practices (5 credits)
T 5:45-10:00 pm, Thea Quiray Tagle

Year 2: BCULST 511 Portfolio and Professional Development (1 credit)
T  5:45-10:00 pm, Dan Berger

Elective Courses 

BCULST 584 Topics in Media and Culture: Black Global and Third Cinema (5 credits) 5:45-10:00 pm, Susan Harewood

BCULST 589 Topics in Cultural Studies: Freedom of Movement  (5 credits)
5:45-10:00 pm, Maryam Griffin

Spring Quarter 

Required Courses

Year 1: BCULST 501 Cultural Studies as Collaboration (5 credits)
T 5:45-10:00 pm, Ron Krabill,

Year 2: BCULST 512 Cultural Studies and its Publics (10 credits)
T 5:45-10:00 pm, Amoshaun Toft

Elective Courses 

BCULST 587 Topics in Cultural and Arts Practice: Performing Community (5 credits) Naomi Macalalad Bragin

This course studies embodied practices of community trans/formation: how can performance help us think more expansively about how people enact, improvise, choreograph, view, make/do community? How do performance theories of repetition and difference, embodiment and affect, permanence and ephemerality, articulate tensions of diversity and inclusion inherent in the ways people understand and perform community?

Electives, by arrangement

Please see the appropriate petition forms for these elective requests. 

BCULST 598 Directed Research
Meetings and faculty to be arranged

BCULST 520 Internship
Meetings and faculty to be arranged

Outside Courses

Students wishing to receive elective credit for courses taken in other departments (either at UW Bothell or UW Seattle) must fill out a Request for Outside Coursework form and obtain faculty approval.

*** This schedule is subject to change.

For information on how to register, visit the Registration page.

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Directed Research, Internships, & Study Abroad


Petitions & Forms

If you are interested in signing up for an outside elective course, undergoing a directed reading, or changing credit load for a course, please fill out the appropriate petition. The IAS Graduate Office will review your petition and respond to you about the next steps.


Summer Quarter

NOTE: Students in summer quarter have the option of pursuing directed research, enrolling in Cultural Studies electives in other UW departments, engaging in an internship or a field research project, or studying abroad.

Prior Course Offerings