The graduate program in cultural studies is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental program based in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature. The cultural studies programs at Stony Brook are designed for students whose interests cut across traditional modes of study in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Areas of emphasis include popular and mass culture, minority and diasporic cultures, visual culture, media and technology, cultural production, cross-cultural and transnational/global formations, as well as the study of elite, dominant, and national cultures. Course requirements are designed to build competence in interdisciplinary cultural studies theory and practice, maximize collegial interaction among students, and allow students to develop disciplinary fluency in a particular subfield.
The strengths of the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature lie primarily in literary and cultural theory, cinema and media studies, visual culture studies, and cross-cultural studies, as reflected in the Department’s popular undergraduate major in Cinema & Cultural Studies (CCS) and Comparative Literature (CLT). Competence in languages other than English has also long been considered essential to the department’s mission. A network of affiliated faculty represent a wide range of areas in disciplines including Africana studies, art history and studio art, Asian and Asian American studies, Digital Art, Culture and Technology (cDACT), English, European and Hispanic languages, history, music, and philosophy. Prospective students are encouraged to examine the list of faculty to see how their own interests may be served by the current faculty cohort both within and outside of CAT.
Full Information on Graduate admissions and M.A. and Ph.D. degree structure can be found in the Department Handbook(available as a PDF).
For more information please contact Associate Professor Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood, Graduate Program Director, at
"For general information on Stony Brook University's graduate programs, go to the Graduate Bulletin" Graduate Bulletin