A concentration is a thematic or conceptual focus that the student initially proposes to their program advisor. Within one month of declaring that major, the student will submit a narrative of approximately three pages that names and describes the concentration, articulates a rationale for it, and explains how specific courses will support it. To help with their selection, the program provides the following list of examples, although students should tailor these to their individual interests through extensive consultation with their program advisor. Listed in alphabetical order, these examples are intended to stimulate students’ thinking about how they would like to focus their studies and should not be seen as an exhaustive list of possible concentrations.


American Citizenship and Belonging

American Countercultures

American Imperialism

The American West

Asian American Culture

Black Radical Imaginations

The Built Environment

Comparative Race and Ethnicity

Criminality and (In)Justice

Cultural Geography

Cultures of Capitalism

Environmental Imaginations


Local/Regional Cultures

Material Culture

Migration Narratives

Mass Incarceration

Music and Culture

Neoliberalism and Culture

Popular Culture

Poverty and Inequality

Public Humanities

Queer Identities and Politics

Revolution and Dissent

Religion and Culture

Space and Place

Urban Planning/Design

US Political Cultures

Visual Culture