Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis

An interdisciplinary program that focuses on the analysis and critique of culture in its varied forms, including values, ideas, belief systems, and expressive acts, and the relationship between cultural forms, everyday life, and structures of power. Includes instruction in anthropology, communications, history, literary studies, philosophy, political economy, and sociology, as well as recent theories and methodologies such as semiotics, deconstruction, postcolonial studies, gender theory, and ethnography.

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University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Founded in 1817, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is the state’s oldest university. U of M has very high research activity and is a often referred to as a Public Ivy. The university at Ann Arbor offers upwards of 260 degrees for undergraduates,...

“…School spirit is UNBEATABLE here. Big 10 school plus top 10 engineering school. Known for diversity and work hard play hard attitude.” – Julia from Ann Arbor, MI

University of California-Irvine

The University of California in Irvine was founded in 1965 in the town and state of the same name, and is the youngest member of the Association of American Universities. This high-research institution offers 92 majors and 86 minors and the campus is...

“…UCI has amazingly friendly people on campus. Everything is extremely convient. There are food places, markets, theaters, froyo, and plenty of other fun hang out places for everybody. ” – Christine from Santa Ana, CA

Tufts University

Tufts University is a 4-year private institution with three campuses in the Boston area. Tufts is home to 12 colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in over 90 academic majors and minors. The school is known for their popular a capella...

“…The students here are brilliant and genuinely nice. So many opportunities, from clubs, to internships, to research projects. And if you can't find them here, Boston is just a T ride away. ” – Emily from Freehold, NJ

Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University is a 4-year public research institution in Flagstaff and a designated Hispanic-serving institution. NAU is home to nine colleges granting bachelor’s degrees in 12 academic divisions. To take advantage of its setting in the...

“…This is a fabulous extended campus in Prescott Valley, Arizona. The class sizes are small. I feel like I matter at this college.” – AW Prescott, AZ

Pratt Institute-Main

The Pratt Institute is a private college based in Brooklyn, NY. Pratt offers more than 25 undergraduate degree programs and concentrations, more than 26 graduate degree programs, and six programs leading to an Advanced Certificate award. The 25-acre...

“…Pratt is an oasis in the city for artistic people looking to develop and expand their skills. Prestigious and rigorous, this school is not for everybody, but it is a guaranteed that if you can get through four years here, you will be able to find...” – Landry from Scottsdale, AZ

Occidental College

Founded by the Presbyterian Church in 1887, Occidental College is a 4-year liberal arts college in Los Angeles and one of the oldest institutions on the West Coast. Also known as “Oxy,” the college confers bachelor’s degrees in over 40 majors and...

“…Occidental was definitely not my first choice, but I am so glad that it was what I chose in end. The campus is beautiful, everything is about 5-10 minutes away from each other, and there are so many opportunities that are emailed to us weekly!” – Stephanie

The University of British Columbia is a public institution with campuses located in the city of Vancouver and the city of Kelowna. The college is deeply rooted in academic research and maintains a number of research facilities, such as the Bamfield...

“…The University of British Columbia is a large, beautiful school located in an extravagant area off the coast of Vancouver BC. It has spirit and liveliness to it and it's as if this energy engulfs you into it. The options are endless here.” – Ngoc from Franconia, NH

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore College is a private liberal arts institution in Pennsylvania that was founded in 1864. The college was founded by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and its "most selective" admissions process is also need-blind. The 425-acre...

“…Swarthmore is a small liberal arts school and is perfect for students who are interested in social justice and diversity. The faculty are very caring and reach out to students with opportunities and advice. Some things that students are working on to...” – Kelly from Los Angeles, CA

Bryant University

Originally founded as a business college for Civil War veterans, Bryant University is a 4-year private school in northern Rhode Island. Bryant is home to the College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences offering 168 academic major/minor...

“…What is the Bryant University experience like for someone who does not choose to study business? I am undecided but I know science was added, so I was curious. I heard these classes are smaller (which is good) but are there any other big differences?...” – Alexandra from North Providence, RI

Western Kentucky University

Founded in 1906, Western Kentucky University is a 4-year public institution with campus perched atop a hill. WKU is home to six colleges granting bachelor’s degrees in 101 academic majors and 111 minors. The university also hosts the Colonnade...

“…WKU is an extremely welcoming school. Students and staff are friendly and convey that they really care about my future. From day one, students will feel like WKU is home.” – M from Indiana

Athabasca University

Athabasca University is a research university specializing in online and distance education based out of Alberta, Canada. AU confers degrees, diplomas, and certificates in over 50 undergrad and graduate academic programs. The university also features...

Leiden University

Founded in 1575 by William, Prince of Orange, Leiden University is the oldest institution of higher learning in the Netherlands with two locations in Leiden and The Hague. A founding member of the League of European Research Universities, Leiden is...

University of New South Wales (UNSW-Sydney)

The University of New South Wales is an Australian public university in the Sydney metro area. UNSW is home to nine academic faculties conferring undergraduate degrees and is a member of the Australian coalition of research universities known as...

Hampshire College

Founded as a home for new ideas in higher education, Hampshire College is a 4-year liberal arts college in western Massachusetts. Hampshire challenges all students to create an individualized curriculum culminating in a year-long advanced study...

“…An alternative learning environment for creative open minded students. The divisional system requires self motivation and direction but can be very rewarding. Faculty and staff are for the most part very understanding and enthusiastic about student...” – Sakiya from Saint Louis, MO

California Institute of the Arts

The California Institute of the Arts is a private university that offers degree programs in visual and performing arts. CalArts offers degrees in more than 70 degree-granting programs in Art, Music, Dance, Theater, and Film, with all undergraduate...

“…As an artist, you dream of going to a place where like minded individuals share your colorful visions- and CalARTS brings students like this together. The landscape is enriching and the talent is infinite. The school is small but the opportunities...” – NS from Los Angeles, CA

Chatham University

Chatham University is a liberal arts college based in Pittsburgh, PA. CU offers 60 majors and programs, also providing Integrated Degree Programs to complete a bachelor’s and master’s more quickly. The university is comprised of three campuses, the...

“…I really love the atmosphere at this school and how personal everything is here. I love that my professors all know my name and some of my interests outside of class.” – Paige from Erie, PA

University of Mary

The University of Mary is a 4-year Benedictine university in the North Dakota state capital of Bismarck and the only Catholic university in the state. Mary grants undergraduate degrees in over 60 academic majors. In addition to classroom facilities,...

“…So far, although I am in the middle of my application process, I have found the staff at U of Mary to be very helpful. I have already been in contact with them asking questions about the admissions process and other things I need to know, and I have...” – Nim from CO

Union University

Founded in 1823, Union University is an evangelical Christian liberal arts institution in west Tennessee and the oldest university affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Union confers undergraduate degrees in over 100 Christ-centered...

“…Amazing school all-around. Everything here is welcoming, from the professors to the students to the campus. An excellent school.” – Andi from Illinois

University of South Florida-St Petersburg

With a campus along the coast of Tampa Bay on Bayboro Harbor, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg is a separately accredited member of the USF system in St. Petersberg. At the mid-size USF-St. Pete campus, students can choose from 27...

“…Small campus is great for one on one with teachers. Beautiful campus on the waterfront with tons of activities. Also great quality professors and students.” – Estefania from Saint Petersburg, FL

Marlboro College is a 4-year liberal arts college with a campus nestled in the heart of southern Vermont’s scenic Green Mountains. Marlboro offers a standard array of degree fields, but more than half of the student body opts to take an...

“…Marlboro College is a unique, interdisciplinary learning experience where you know your professors personally, sometimes even having dinner at their own homes. Marlboro is prized for its serious academic rigor and success. The student body of about...” – Rebecca from Red Lion, PA

The University of Tampa

The University of Tampa is a 4-year private university with a campus in the heart of downtown Tampa. UT features a Four College Model consisting of colleges of Business, Arts, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. For students who wish to learn in...

“…The University Tampa is In a great location right by the river and minutes away walking from downtown Tampa. There are so many activities right on campus from sororities/fraternities to the pool and hammocks right by the river, not to mention all...” – Sarah from Wethersfield, CT

Maryland Institute College of Art

Established in 1826, the Maryland Institute College of Art is one of the oldest visual arts colleges in the nation. Located in Baltimore, MICA offers 19 majors in artistic fields such as Drawing, Ceramics, and Printmaking as well as Liberal Arts...

“…mica has a very engaging and accepting environment for students. they seem more generous with scholarships for incoming students than other schools of their caliber. the classes offered are excellent and you will be worked very hard and rewarded for...” – lee

Texas A & M University-Kingsville

Chartered in 1917, Texas A&M University-Kingsville is a 4-year public school and the oldest institution of higher learning in south Texas. Texas A&M Kingsville is home to six colleges granting undergraduate degrees. In addition to classroom space,...

“…A&M- Kingsville is great for someone looking for a more personalized college learning experience. The professors are friendly, and the campus is inviting. If small is what you want and private universities are too expensive, A&M-Kingsville can really...” – Ms. Future Civil Engineer

Excelsior College is a private, 4-year institution established in Albany, New York. The college aims to serve adult students, primarily through offering online course options for over 40 academic programs. Depending on their program of study,...

“…The idea behind Excelsior College is great! I can continue working at my job and at the same time take classes online. Their website is very user-friendly.” – Chana from Spring Valley, NY

Northwest Nazarene University

Affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, Northwest Nazarene University is a Christian liberal arts institution in western Idaho. NNU grants bachelor’s degrees in over 60 academic areas of study. In addition, all students are required to complete a...

“…overall nnu is a pretty great school. it has many very good departments. the theology department is a fair amount on the liberal side, so that may be a positive or negative depending on your own stance.” – Dustin from New Meadows, ID

Howard Payne University was founded in 1889 by the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The school has a main campus in Brownwood, TX, and maintains two academic institutes, The New Braunfels Center and El Paso Center. The college provides free...

“…Howard Payne University is the best place to start and build your future. HPU offered an excellent academic program that enhance positivism and link to success. HPU really cares about you!” – Bertha from Bangs, TX

Brigham Young University-Hawaii

Founded and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young University-Hawai’i is a 4-year private university on O’ahu that integrates secular and spiritual learning. BYU-Hawai’i is home to colleges of Arts & Humanities,...

“…BYU-Hawaii definitely is a honorable school with its special Honor Code. The size of school is small, which means students can have a close relationship with professors and classmates. BYU-Hawaii has students come from over 70 countries. ” – Jiawen from Laie, HI

Bard College at Simon's Rock

Bard College at Simon's Rock is an early college with “more selective” admissions where high school students can enroll before graduation. The average age at entry is 16. Simon’s Rock is based in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and provides a...

“…Even though it is the most stress a person can endure, any amount of time at this school is worth it. The professors are incredible and have so much wisdom to share. The community of students also makes every class a unique experience.” – Andro

Pacific Northwest College of Art

The Pacific Northwest College of Art is a school of art and design and the only arts college in Portland. PNCA confers undergraduate degrees in 11 artistic fields of study such as Creative Writing, Graphic Design, and Sculpture. Additionally, PNCA...

“…a wonderful community of artists that i fully enjoy being around. the staff and faculty are intimate and have been nothing but helpful to me. pnca has helped me grow and is still helping me develop into the best artists i can be” – Portland, OR

University of Washington-Bothell Campus

The University of Washington Bothell is a 4-year public school in the Seattle metro area and part of the University of Washington System. UW Bothell is home to five schools hosting 55 undergrad and graduate degree-granting programs. In addition to...

“…Beautiful campus, caring and accessible faculty, resources available from the entire UW network of campuses. UW Bothell is a big university with a community college feel. Small class sizes make for a better learning environment.” – Lisa from Kirkland, WA

The California Institute of Integral Studies fuses new age concepts such as consciousness and spirituality into all of its academic offerings. The Institute’s San Francisco campus is made up of three schools and also houses a branch of the American...

“…CIIS offers progressive educational practices, formats, and courses of study that suit both traditional and non-traditional students. Faculty expertise coupled with honoring student experience allows the learner to be an explorer as meaningful...” – Kristen from Harrisonburg, VA

College of Art & Design is an independent, nonprofit organization offering baccalaureates for women and co-educational degrees at the graduate level. Founded in 1848, Moore was the first women’s art school in the nation. The college features a Writer...

“…It's a great school for girls interested in a career for the arts! They've helped me a lot with my application process and everyone is very open to help you there.” – Erika from Levittown, PA

Trinity International University-Illinois

Founded in 1897, Trinity International University is a Christian liberal arts institution in the Chicagoland area operated by the Evangelical Free Church of America. Trinity confers undergraduate degrees in over 30 academic majors focused on core...

“…TIU has a genuine community that is hard to find many other places. The diversity of the students and staff highlight the diversity of the Kingdom of God and the International part of the Universities name. The academics are spectacular and the...” – Daniel from Chester, CT

Ottawa University is a private, 4-year institution established in the state of Kansas. Academics at OU are primarily focused on Business, Education, Arts, and Sciences. The college is home to a significantly robust advisor facility, known as the...

“…A small place of higher education. People care about you and your goals. Amazing place to find who you are as a person.” – Sammie from Kansas City, KS

Established in 1963, the College of Micronesia-FSM is a public, multi-campus institution located primarily in Palikir, Pohnpei. COM-FSM offers associate’s degrees and certificates in fields of study related to the needs of the State including teacher...

“…COM National Campus is a clean and quiet camp. They have helpful staff and highly educated instructors. 100% of the students there are using pell grant to pay for college and they also offer scholarships. ” – Tania from Micronesia

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis is a private, graduate education institution located in Brookline, Massachusetts. As the only accredited, independent graduate school of psychoanalysis in the United States, BGSP offers eight certificate and...