What will I learn?

The interdisciplinary Master of Arts (MA) in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory (CAST) is a 12-month program that provides a stimulating and engaging environment for examining contemporary social and cultural issues.

Our program is designed to foster the type of critical inquiry that extends beyond the boundaries of a single academic discipline. Working with professors from across the humanities and social sciences, you gain a comprehensive perspective on the diverse theories and critical methodologies essential to understanding contemporary culture and society. Through coursework and an optional independent research project, you refine your critical thinking and analytical skills, broaden your perspective on contemporary issues and gain new insights into the social and cultural forces that shape the modern world.

Our program welcomes students from a wide variety of undergraduate disciplines and universities across Canada and around the globe. We offer a lively and intellectually engaging program designed to enable you to successfully conduct your graduate studies in a supportive student-centered environment.

Program Structure

You will benefit from taking courses and interacting with scholars working on cutting-edge research in contemporary cultural analysis and social theory from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives. The diversity of our collective expertise makes CAST particularly relevant for students who wish to extend disciplinary boundaries, question established ways of thinking, explore the richness of contemporary theory and examine the nuances and complexities social life from a variety of complementary perspectives.

The program is structured around three inter-related fields of inquiry:

  • Globalization, Identity and Social Movements
  • Body Politics: Gender, Sexuality and Embodiment
  • Cultural Representation and Social Theory

You can choose either a Coursework option or a Major Research Paper option.

For the Coursework option, you will take:

  • CQ600: Colloquium
  • CQ601: Cultural Analysis and Social Theory
  • CQ602: Approaches to Cultural Analysis
  • Five electives

For the Major Research Paper option, you will take:

  • CQ600: Colloquium
  • CQ601: Cultural Analysis and Social Theory
  • CQ602: Approaches to Cultural Analysis
  • CQ695: Major Research Paper
  • Three electives

Careers

Graduates of our CAST program might consider the following career options:

  • social policy researcher/advisor
  • cultural research assistant/associate
  • arts/culture critic
  • humanitarian aid worker/administrator
  • museum curator
  • advocates for LGBTQ/women’s rights
  • advocates for migrant workers
  • non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • settlement/health/legal agencies
  • writer/journalist/editor
  • community development/relations coordinator
  • project/grant writer/manager/coordinator/director
  • community instructor/educator

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
CAD$13,770.00 (US$ 10,723) per year
Please note this fee is for 2020 - 2021 and subject to change in the coming year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

3 January 2022

Venue

Brantford Campus

20 Charlotte Street,

BRANTFORD,

Ontario (ON),

N3T 2Y3, Canada

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
CAD$13,770.00 (US$ 10,723) per year
Please note this fee is for 2020 - 2021 and subject to change in the coming year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

3 January 2022

Venue

Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo Campus,

75 University Avenue West,

WATERLOO,

Ontario (ON),

N2L 3C5, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Four-year (honors) bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, from an approved university and have a Minimum of second-class honors, or B standing, or equivalent. English language requirement: TOEFL iBT: minimum score of 89, with minimum skill scores of 21 in each of the skills tests (speaking, writing, reading and listening); Paper-based TOEFL: minimum of 573, IELTS: minimum score of 7, Pearson Test of English (PTE): minimum score of 60, CAEL: minimum score of 70.

For international students

Students must have the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts (honours) degree or equivalent.
  • Minimum B+ in your fourth year of study.

English Proficiency

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):

TOEFL iBT: minimum score of 89, with minimum skill scores of 21 in each of the skills tests (speaking, writing, reading and listening).

Paper-based TOEFL: minimum of 573.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum score of 7.

Pearson Test of English (PTE): minimum score of 60.

The Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment: minimum score of 70.

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About Wilfrid Laurier University

Studying at Laurier goes beyond being a great student at a top-rated university; it’s about being ready to take on whatever the future holds.

  • 95% graduates secured employment or went on to PG studies
  • 1:25 faculty to student ratio
  • Home of Canada’s largest business degree co-op program
  • Vibrant campuses in cities in Ontario, close to the US

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