Cultural Studies

Department Affiliation: Language and Culture

Culture courses are primarily interdisciplinary and intended to complement language acquisition, as well as to inform about global cultural diversity. They are generally taught in English.

Cultural Studies Minor

Culture courses are interdisciplinary and intended to inform about global cultural diversity.



Student must complete a total of 21 units.




Required classes include:


CUL 107A

Theory and Practice of Culture


CUL 107B

Cultural Models & Global Realities


CUL 110


CUL 119


CUL 150


PHI 162


PHI 167

Culture through Films

Culture Through the Artist's Eyes


Variety of Topics


Philosophy and Native Cultures


Film and Ethics





CUL 114


RST 161

Faces of Spirituality

Introduction to World Religions






CUL 117


CUL 108


ENG 123

Women's Literature in Translation

World Literature in Translation


Women's Voices in Literature




CUL 94/194 Study Travel


BUS 123 Travel and Study Abroad


ART 173 Multiculturalism and the Visual Arts


any Art History Class








MUS 106


MUS 116

Varieties of Music


Music of World Cultures



Cultural Studies Courses

CUL 50/150 Variety of Topics (3 )

Culture 50/150 explores special cultural studies topics. The content will vary and will be defined each time the course is offered. This course may be repeated for credit if the content is different.

CUL 94/194 Study Travel (3)

Pre-travel lectures and readings, as well as guided tours in the country, serve as basis for a study/travel program, with each participant developing a project related to the travel experiences.

CUL 107A Theory and Practice of Culture (3)

The course addresses the growing domestic and global necessity for understanding and communication across cultural boundaries. This is a theoretical and practical approach to understanding cultural differences as well as similarities. GS-VI

CUL 107B Cultural Models & Global Realities (3)

Our new second semester course will feature the intercultural dynamics within global socio-political communities.  Students will analyze historical events that facilitate their understanding of methodological concepts such as cosmopolitanism in present day societies.  This course will include a new Service Learning Component that will offer students the opportunity to interview and interact with different cultures throughout Los Angeles.

CUL 108 World Literature in Translation (3)

Explores world cultures through short stories and novels from around the world in translation.

CUL 110 Culture through Films (3)

This course uses a thematic approach to analyze a selected number of cultures from different parts of the world through films.

CUL 114 Faces of Spirituality (3)

The focus of this course is to survey and gain an understanding of how different cultures approach spirituality.

CUL 115 Language and Culture (1-1.5)

This course explores diverse aspects of a specific country through its portrayal in popular culture (film, television, arts, literature, music, Internet, food, fashion, etc.)  Students will understand the role of language in shaping the identity of a nation and its influence in history and globalization.  In addition to these goals, contemporary issues, youth culture, traditions and national image/values depicted through various means of popular culture will be examined.  Students will be evaluated through presentations, participation in cultural events, research essays and critical assessments of relevant texts/material to the subject.  This course will trace a specific country's cultural impact on the contemporary world and provide students with a deeper understanding of a society and its customs.

CUL 117 Women’s Literature in Translation (3)

In search of similarities and differences in women’s conditions, aspirations and accomplishments as seen through literature written by women from around the globe.

CUL 119 Culture Through the Artist's Eyes (3)

This course will develop understanding and appreciation for culture as expressed through art, and the creative process in different fields from painting, sculpture, dance, to film, music, literature, and poetry.

CUL 121 Dance in Culture (3)

This course will explore dance across cultures and times.

English for Academic Purposes

English for Academic Purposes is for students interested in mastering the English skills required to succeed in higher education classes conducted in English. It is for international students, or for students whose first language is not English, who are interested in improving their communication skills in English, and understanding the American culture.

A placement test is required to enroll in the following courses and levels:

CUL 11/111 Academic Communication Skills (3)

Level 1

This course emphasizes the four English communication skills to enhance students’ performance in the higher education academic world.  A strong oral component with discussions and presentations is included. 

CUL 12/112 Multicultural Communities in Los Angeles (3)

Level 1

In this course, the students experience multicultural communities in Los Angeles and practice intercultural oral, written and research skills.

CUL 13/113 Academic Writing Skills (3)

Level 2

Students will focus on writing original academic research papers.

CUL 16/116 Intercultural Perspectives in the United States (3)

Level 2

Students increase their awareness and understanding of the people who live in different parts of the United States. Projects  demonstrate their English oral and written skills, and include travel study.