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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
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Department of Comparative Cultural Studies

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Who’s Who in the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies

Nicholas De Genova (Anthropology)

Kenneth L. Brown (Anthropology), Christian A. Eberhart (Program Director, Religious Studies), Nicholas De Genova (Anthropology), Susan Rasmussen (Anthropology), Rebecca Storey (Program Director, Anthropology)

Associate Professors:
Elizabeth Farfan-Santos (Anthropology), Andrew J. Gordon (Anthropology), Keith McNeal (Anthropology and Religious Studies), Randolph J. Widmer (Anthropology)

Assistant Professors:
Rachel Afi Quinn (Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies)

Non-Tenure Faculty and Directors:
Luca Oliva (Program Coordinator, Liberal Studies), Caryn Tamber-Rosenau (Religious Studies)

Affiliated Faculty:
Chatwara Suwannamai Duran (Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics), Lauren Zentz (Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics)

Overview of Comparative Cultural Studies

The Department of Comparative Cultural Studies highlights the rich comparative traditions of disciplines and programs. The Department offers major degree programs in Anthropology (BA, BS, MA), Liberal Studies (BA), Religious Studies (BA) and minors in Anthropology, International and Global Studies, and Religious Studies.

Students in these programs explore the historical construction of cultures and the ways in which cultural constructs affect the political, social, and aesthetic relationships that shape human communities. By creating a shared space for scholarly debate and student learning, the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies enhances the interdisciplinary opportunities inherent in its constituent disciplines. 

Mission Statement

The Department of Comparative Cultural Studies offers degree programs in Anthropology, Religious Studies, International and Global Studies (minor) and Liberal Studies, each dedicated to the comparative study of cultures worldwide.

CCS provides students with the foundation for a wide range of careers in education, research, media, business, government, and the professions. Our students gain the knowledge and skills to become effective cultural analysts, readers, thinkers, and leaders in the global workplace and in local communities.

Goals Of Comparative Cultural Studies

  • to provide the skills and knowledge to understand and work in cross-cultural and global contexts;
  • to provide students with the disciplinary vocabularies to work in the intricate networks that define cultural production worldwide;
  • to compare cultures from diverse perspectives;
  • to consider the universals of culture, as well as practices and belief systems unique to particular cultures;
  • to help students gain the knowledge they need to innovate, work in transdisciplinary groups focused on real world issues and challenges. 

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