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1. How do I sign up for the Popular Culture Studies Major and what should I do?

 Students can register for the Major through ICAP. Students will need to fill out a change of major form and meet with Dr. Harkins, who is the advisor for the program.


2. Why Major in Popular Culture Studies at WKU?

  •  You are interested in an interdisciplinary liberal arts education that includes the study of history, philosophy, sociology, film and literature, folklore, and mass communication among other fields.
  •  You wish to study the arts and culture of everyday life including television, film, music, sports, advertising, and folklore now and in the past, in the U.S. and around the world.
  •  You want to be on the cutting edge and be a part of the second major of its kind in the country.
  •  By combining a Popular Culture Studies major with related major or minor programs, you want to differentiate yourself from the thousands of other liberal arts majors graduating college each year.
  •  You want to understand the complicated ways producers, marketers, and audiences constantly negotiate the purposes and meanings of popular culture.


3. What can you Do With A Major in Popular Culture Studies?

 Popular Culture Studies offers a well-rounded liberal arts background that prepares you to read and write critically and to think analytically, skills that many employers look for in college graduates.

 By giving you a deep understanding of those aspects of culture that have the greatest impact on the most people, majoring in Popular Culture Studies prepares you for a wide array of career paths including:

 Media production, research, and analysis in such areas as journalism, radio, music, TV and film. In tandem with other coursework, you will know not only the "how" but also the "why" and the "so what"; business, advertising, marketing, public relations and publishing; work in museums, archives and cultural collections; government service, secondary school teaching and administration, and creative writing.

 An undergraduate Popular Culture Studies major also prepares you for graduate study in a variety of disciplines including American Studies, Folklore, History, Law, and, of course, Popular Culture!


4. I want to take the Intro. to Pop Culture Studies course but it's full. What do I do?

 Keep trying! Unfortunately we can't allow in any more students, but there may be some students who drop before the next semester so keep checking back in. If you are a Popular Culture major, contact Dr. Harkins or the faculty member teaching the course and they can probably arrange an override.


5. Can I get a Minor in Pop. Culture Studies?

 No; because of the large number of courses connected to Popular Culture Studies and because of some overlap with existing minor programs, students can currently only earn a Major in the program.


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