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Popular Culture Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration

About

Through innovative interdisciplinary coursework and community events, the major helps students critically analyze the wide range of cultural productions and practices they encounter daily including in such areas as television, film, music, sports, advertising, customs, and rituals. 

Specific objectives of the Popular Culture Studies major are: 

  • To provide a thorough and rigorous grounding in the study of popular culture from a variety of disciplinary perspectives (including but not limited to Art History, English, Film Studies, Folk Studies and Anthropology, History, Journalism and Broadcast Communications, Philosophy and Religion, Political Science, and Sociology).
  • To help students make connections between everyday popular culture and cultural forms more traditionally studied in these and other liberal arts disciplines
  • To develop the skills essential for students to become informed consumers and engaged participants in the global community in an age in which cultural industries play a central role in shaping the international social, political, and economic landscape.
  • To prepare students for a wide variety of careers in media and culture industries, in the analysis, promotion, or preservation of these productions, or for graduate studies in a range of liberal arts disciplines, business, or law
  • To promote students' international engagement by studying and reporting on the ways popular culture shapes and is shaped by communities on the local, national, and global level

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • History of Western Popular Culture since 1450
  • History of American Popular Culture
  • Urban Folklore
  • Folklore and the Media
  • Roots of Southern Culture
  • American Popular Arts
  • New Media Literacy
  • History of Narrative Film
  • Film Genres
  • Introduction to Cinema
  • Philosophy and Popular Culture
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  • Sociology of Sport
  • Politics and the Mass Media

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    71

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    525

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    52

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

INTERNATIONAL ADMISSION CHECKLIST:

  • A completed application (open WKU application for admission)
  • $75 non-refundable application fee
  • Official Academic Records from schools attended with grades and any degrees/diplomas/certificates received.  Should also include a literal English translation.
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Financial Evidence of Support
  • Students transferring from within the US will need to fill out the Transfer-In Form
  • All necessary documents, including academic records, and proof of English language proficiency, must be received before an admission decision can be made.

International students must also provide financial evidence of support in order to obtain an I-20.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27144 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13572 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    26496 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13248 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    10602 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5301 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Bowling Green

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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