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.

MSU offers a BA in English with a concentration in Popular Culture Studies as well as a minor in Popular Culture Studies. Students who choose the Popular Culture Concentration complete five different courses (15-16 credits) focused on Popular Culture Studies within the English BA.  The concentration will be noted on the student’s transcript. 

Students in the Popular Culture Studies Minor complete four courses (13 credits) focused on Popular Culture Studies as well as a 3-credit elective course for a total of 16 credits.  

Students interested in the concentration or minor should consult their advisor.  


BA in English with Pop Culture Concentration

Minor Popular culture