Social & Cultural Studies Concentration

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Social & Cultural Studies Concentration

Marylhurst’s Social & Cultural Studies program draws from the social sciences and humanities to explore global society and culture in historical, political, and economic context. The program prepares you to specialize in social and cultural studies and to develop critical thinking, communication, writing and other skills that are highly-applicable to a variety of professional paths or careers. How do policy, politics, and change in contemporary society and culture influence contemporary cultural practice and social justice issues? Answer these questions as you build an awareness of social science and cultural studies theories, methodologies and applications.  Flex your problem-oriented critical thinking and communication skills as you engage diversity and complexity to create positive change in your community.

Earn your bachelor’s in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Social & Cultural Studies. Now accepting applications for 2017.

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Social & Cultural Studies Degree Requirements

The Social & Cultural Studies program is a concentration within Marylhurst’s B.A. in Liberal Studies degree. To earn your Bachelor of Art in Liberal Studies from Marylhurst with a Social & Cultural Studies concentration, you complete 180-quarter credits (through a combination of courses and by transferring in credits). The degree requirements feature three main areas:

Social & Cultural Studies Focus

60 Credits

Marylhurst’s Social & Cultural Studies program prepares B.A. in Liberal Studies students with a theoretical and applied understanding of society, culture, social justice, and related change. Learn to recognize the interrelations of race, ethnicity, class, age and gender as you begin to interpret social and cultural phenomena within global, historical, socio-cultural and political-economic contexts.

Interactive classroom environments encourage students to ask questions as they pursue, the study of sociology, cultural anthropology, globalization and political economy, gender and power, the politics of race, social movements and social policy. . Examine the ethical issues and traditions that affect society, including topics of human rights, inequality, and justice, while you seek to understand the historical contexts and current social drivers of racism, sexism, ableism, heterosexism, classism and ageism.

Students may develop work experience by applying learned theories through internship opportunities.

Marylhurst Core

40 Credits

Gain applied liberal art skills in inquiry, critical thinking, writing, problem-solving and leadership through Marylhurst Core coursework. The Marylhurst Core is a series of classes focused on helping you become an informed citizen capable of understanding our complex world in complex ways. You will take courses from the following categories:

  • Analytical and Applied Learning
  • Academic Skills and Foundations
  • Core Values
  • Critical Reflection and Integrative Learning

General Electives

80 Credits

In addition to Social & Cultural Studies curriculum, select courses from Marylhurst’s diverse undergraduate programs to broaden and further customize your education based on your career goals. This give you the opportunity to personalize your education and take courses that further enhance your degree.

Because Marylhurst University is a degree completion institution, most MU students transfer in credit either from previous four-year institutions or from a community college to finish their major courses with us. On average, a typical MU student transfers in enough credits to meet the 76 general elective requirement.

Transfer Your Previous College Credit

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The majority of Marylhurst’s incoming students transfer in college credit from either community colleges or another four-year institution. The average credits transferred is about 45-to-50 credits and most students enter the university with the majority of their MU Core requirements completed. At Marylhurst, the average time to complete the B.A. in Liberal Studies program with a Social & Cultural Studies emphasis is three years.

Marylhurst is a degree completion institution meaning most of our students enter our university with some previous college credit; saving time and financial resources necessary to earn a degree.

B.A.S. in Liberal Studies Option

If you hold an Associate’s of Applied Science (A.A.S.) or have earned vocational or technical credit, you have the option of completing a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) in Liberal Studies to leverage the technical skills you learned in community college.

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Careers for Social & Cultural Studies Graduates

Students earning a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies develop and apply rigorous and professionally relevant liberal arts knowledge and skills to become better thinkers, decision makers and leaders in a wide variety of careers or in further study.Flexible courses - Marylhurst University

Marylhurst’s Social & Cultural Studies graduates are well prepared to work in fields that require analytical skills and practical sensitivity to cultural differences, such as education, international policy and business, the nonprofit sector, community organizing and activism. The strong foundational skills you’ll develop in critical thinking and communication additionally prepare you to move on to graduate work in most areas, especially law, education, and in the social sciences and the humanities.

Social & Cultural Studies: Sample Job Titles

A culture and media studies degree can lead toward diverse careers and job titles including:

  • Diversity program coordinator
  • Nonprofit program manager
  • Community relations specialist
  • Patient relations coordinator
  • Teacher *
  • Social worker *
  • Legal advocate
  • Student services coordinator
  • Social services manager *
  • Inclusion specialist
  • Victim advocate *
  • Grants writer
  • Research/writing assistant
  • Community impact associate

Requires additional training or graduate-level coursework.

Career and Internship Services

As a Marylhurst student, you will have access to our Career and Internship Services team who offer everything from resume help to internship placement. And this service continues beyond your years with Marylhurst, as an alum, you have access to career management and assistance from our hands-on, caring team.

Exceptional Faculty

“As an educator, I am committed to forging pathways of social justice and belonging for students. The Social & Cultural Studies program at Marylhurst provides students with tools to strengthen communities and dismantle existing systems of inequality.”

~ Ayako Takamori, Asst. Professor of Interdisciplinary and Applied Liberal Arts

Marylhurst faculty within the Liberal Studies program hold advanced degrees from prestigious colleges and universities and many have been recognized for their professional accomplishments and academic credentials in the industry. Faculty are committed to student growth and collectively support students in a collaborative learning environment.

Because most of our faculty are also practitioners in their specialized field, you benefit from their network. Connections and relationships you build within your communication and media courses will give you a significant advantage in your career field.

We invite you to learn more about the communication and media faculty who support Marylhurst’s Liberal Studies program: View Faculty Biographies.

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