Studies & Degrees in Contemporary Studies

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Contemporary Studies is an interdisciplinary program that deals with or focuses attention to the culture, events and trends of modern or recent times, usually from the 19th to the 21st centuries. A program for this interdisciplinary field is largely similar to any interdisciplinary program that serves as the basis for further study, for the creation of a career, or development of a professional program that prefers a broad base of knowledge and experience. In some cases, the program combines itself with interdisciplinary approaches that integrate linguistics, social theory and literary studies.

In Paris, the largest city of France, a Contemporary Studies program of Boston University combines contemporary cultural studies with immersion program on the city’s artistic and intellectual life, and has a curriculum of 14 weeks of study, with the first four weeks devoted to two courses in French following orientation, and the last and final 10 weeks on three credit courses. The Lewis University in Illinois, U.S. offers a bachelor degree program in Contemporary Global Studies for 128 credit hours, and 48 credit hours for a major in political science, history and international relations. The main areas of study under the program include literature, general education, economics, social sciences, and theology. In the Arcadia University in Granada, Spain, the Center for Contemporary Studies allows students to select subjects from a variety of courses that fit their interest in innovative programs lined up by the University in partnership with the Centro de Lenguas Modernas and the Universidad de Granada.

Canada has more institution of higher education that offer undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and certificate programs for Contemporary Studies. The University of King’s College in Nova Scotia provides students with a broad understanding of various aspects of contemporary society in graduate and professional studies in such disciplines as English, French, German, History, Philosophy and Science, Law, Social and Political Thought, Public Policy, and Curatorial Studies. Also in Nova Scotia is the Dalhousie University with a Contemporary Studies program under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, offering a Bachelor’s degree course that helps its students consider the important writers, thinkers and artists of the contemporary period in order to make sense of the world that they live in. The Faculty of Arts in Ryerson University in Ontario has a program for Arts and Contemporary Studies in many areas of study such as Literary Theory, Philosophy, Global Affairs, History, Religion and Science. A different program on the field—this time on Tibet—at the University of British Columbia, also in Canada, stimulates interest in research projects focused on the societies of Tibet, or provide graduate students with a chance to explore Tibetan issues closely.

Most of these Canadian universities are optimistic their graduates will be able to build their careers in education, creative writing, journalism, business, films and theaters, publishing, and civil service, or as international aid officers, museum curators, editors, and government policy developers.