Courses in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (CSCL) pursue questions and ways of knowing that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. Here you will study culture as a set of complex connections and interrelations: between texts and everyday life, ideas and the material world, discourse and power. CSCL courses strive for a broad, international scope, ranging widely across history and geography. The central focus is on the cultural mechanisms through which a society’s ways of knowing, value systems, and individual and collective identities are generated, disseminated, challenged, and reinvented. Our goal is to produce critical and self-critical readers prepared to actively participate in the intellectual conversations and social struggles that shape global culture in our time.