Cultural, Social and Political Thought

The concentration in Cultural, Social, and Political Thought is available to students in either the MA or PhD programs. It gives students the opportunity to grapple with the big thinkers and big issues of our time, in a context that puts aside disciplinary boundaries, and encourages intellectual exploration and critique. It features a small cohort of committed students who study how critical theory can help us understand contemporary social and political phenomena. Please note that the concentration is highly theoretical, and does not offer much in the way of case studies or concrete empirical studies.

MA students who do the CSPT concentration must complete the Thesis Option in English, including 4.5 units of English courses and 3.0 units of CSPT or equivalent courses; their thesis must also have a substantial theoretical component.

PhD students who do the CSPT concentration must take at least 3 of their total six units in CSPT or equivalent courses; their dissertation must also have a substantial theoretical component.

If you are interested, please apply at the same time as applying for entry into either the MA or PhD; do not wait for admission before applying. The CSPT admissions process is separate from admissions into English. Please visit the CSPT web site for more information.