The popular culture movement was founded on the principle that the perspectives and experiences of common folk offer compelling insights into the social world. The fabric of human social life is not merely the art deemed worthy to hang in museums, the books that have won literary prizes or been named “classics,” or the religious and social ceremonies carried out by societies’ elite. The field of popular cultures studies continues to break down the barriers between so-called “low” and “high” culture and focuses on filling in the gaps a neglect of popular culture has left in our understanding of the workings of society. Particular strengths at MSU include popular literature, music, film, and comics.
Faculty members working in this area include Tamar Boyadjian, Kinitra Brooks, Tamara Butler, Julian Chambliss, Yomaira Figueroa, Gary Hoppenstand, Ann Larabee, Sheng-Mei Ma, Josh Lam, and David Stowe.
Students who choose the Popular Culture Concentration complete four courses (13 credits) focused on Popular Culture Studies. There are five different possible courses, although some can be repeated as the topic changes. Three of these courses may count towards requirements in the major. All courses in the concentration fulfill 36-40 credit total for the B.A. in English. The concentration will be noted on the student’s transcript. Students interested in the Popular Culture Studies concentration should consult their advisor.