Course Requirements


The SCCT minor requires two core courses (6 credits total), two electives (6 credits total). The goals of the coursework are to broaden your knowledge of crucial theoretical traditions, to help you orient your research in context of the new movements and directions in social, cultural, and critical theories, and to provide tools to advance your individual career as a scholar and professional. Please plan your course of study well in advance to take full advantage of this program.

Core Courses

SCCT 500: Introduction to Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory is offered every fall semester. This course is designed to provide an overview of important and foundational readings in social, cultural, and critical theory.

SCCT 510: Problems in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory is offered every spring semester. This course is team-taught course by two faculty members from different units and is designed to address and explore an annually selected topic that raises challenges or introduces problems to our theoretical frames of study. The course is tied to an annual theme that is also investigated through academic events, reading groups and/or public programming. 


Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory electives should broaden your knowledge of the field, not simply provide additional depth in your research area. Two approved elective courses are required (6 units). The electives should be selected from the list of courses above, with guidance and approval of the SCCT PhD Minor faculty on your committee. Courses on this list are offered regularly and have few or manageable prerequisites.

In addition to the classes listed here, many departmental seminars are extremely relevant to interdisciplinary theory and can be counted for elective credit. Such substitutions must receive advance approval by a member of the SCCT executive committee and fulfill the “broadening” objectives as described above.

We know that course offerings change rapidly, and we would appreciate students alerting us  to additional classes that may be relevant to include on this list.


We understand that unusual circumstances may require modification of these requirements. If you find you cannot meet these requirements due to truly extenuating circumstances, you can petition the SCCT executive committee for a modification. You should provide written documentation of your situation and the curricular modification required.