Cultural Studies is an inherently interdisciplinary field of study which means that we borrow from all of the other disciplines particularly in the Arts and the Social Sciences. We have two main areas of focus in Cultural
Studies – the production of culture, and the ways in which cultures shape social relationships
and identity. I always describe Cultural Studies as a “choose your own adventure” kind of program because Cultural Studies wants to work with you and develop what are you passionate in What do you want to study, and what skills do you need to learn to do that. I work at Laurier Student Publications. We
publish three newspapers, literary arts magazines, and a radio station. I have critical-thinking capabilities that
allows me to understand what we’re consuming, what media we’re interacting with. It allows you to develop the confidence and
the skills to look at the world around you and decide whether you agree with the message
or disagree with the message. The professors here are so great, very approachable.
I get a lot of time and coaching and nurturing. Having an actual professor, a faculty member
who really knows the material inside and out, being the person with that small room of 20-25
people is really helpful. We have quite a few students who have been
able to use their Cultural Studies background to shape their interests. And so we’ve had students who have gone into
film production, pursue a law degree, NGOs non-governmental organizations. As an event coordinator, I work with all of
the third-party rentals that come in. Having the opportunity to meet those people
and work with them has been really interesting. The culture on Laurier’s campus was to be really community-focused. So being in a space where you felt really welcome and connected. There’s so many different ways to get involved that once you find this is what I want to do, you’re going to find other people that share that passion.