Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies
The Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies is focused on meeting the needs of today’s students for interdisciplinary inquiry and a broad set of skills for lifelong learning.Majors & Minors
Learn about students who studied with CSGS.
- Alex's identity as an Asian American fueled her interest in East Asia from middle school and throughout college.
- Alex spent her first year at Smith College, then transferred to Northeastern in her second year.
- Alex decided to double-major in Economics and Asian Studies. She wanted both the quantitative social science experience and a focused humanities education.
- Learning more through Asian Studies helped validate that there was a range of experiences within both Asia and the Asian Diaspora.
- Alex's favorite courses, Chinese Film and Chinese Pop Culture, were taught by Professor Benny Shaffer. She enjoyed being able to connect pop culture to historical and social happenings.
- For her co-op, Alex served as the iCater Admin Assistant for the Pine Street Inn, a leading provider of homelessness services. Her role included social media, event planning, course instruction, and more.
- The co-op fundamentally changed how Alex viewed the world, pushing her to think about how we can go about lessening human suffering...
- Bianca was inspired to go to law school, but also had a passion for studying history. Then, she found the History, Culture, and Law Major at Northeastern.
- Thrilled about both the major and the experiential learning model of Northeastern, she officially transferred in 2020.
- Bianca's major concentration is culture and colonialism, which has allowed for her to revisit her initial studies in philosophy.
- Bianca's positive experiences with the intensive pre-law courses required in the HCL major reinforced her interest in working in law.
- One of Bianca's favorite courses was Criminal Due Process. The professor was a licensed attorney who brought real-life experiences into the classroom.
- Bianca is a part of the Northeastern Feminist Student Organization, which she says keeps her grounded and provides therapeutic learning experiences.
- Once she graduates with her HLC degree, Bianca plans to go to law school and focus on immigration policy. ..
- During high school on a college trip, Cheyenne visited Northeastern's campus and was fascinated by the co-op program, making NU her top choice.
- Cheyenne entered Northeastern as a Communications major.
- During her freshman year, Cheyenne joined SIS (Sisters in Solidarity). She was able to find a longstanding community through the group throughout her Northeastern experience.
- Cheyenne completed a co-op during her sophomore year with Creative License, which inspired her to pursue a career in music supervision highlighting Black artists.
- After co-op, Cheyenne began thinking about minoring something she was interested in, and pairing that with her career path.
- Cheyenne declared her minor in Africana Studies during her third year after taking "Black Popular Culture," one of her favorite and foundational classes at NU.
- Cheyenne participated in Greenline Records and WRBB. They were great opportunities for her to get to know classmates within her major at Northeastern...
Abrielle De Veaux
- Abrielle transferred to Northeastern from American University during her second year, and decided to become a Psychology major and African American Studies minor.
- Abrielle was drawn to Northeastern because of the co-op experience as well as hearing positive things about the administration's efforts to prioritize Black voices.
- As a transfer student, her first priority was to find community on campus where she could be unapologetically Black - which led her to the Black Student Association.
- Abrielle began working with Professor Nicole Aljoe as a researcher with the Early Caribbean Digital Archive. She continues this research and finds it greatly rewarding.
- So far, Abrielle's favorite classes include Introduction to African American Studies and Black Popular Culture with Professor Fadeke Castor.
- In 2021, Abrielle interned at The Opportunity Agenda, a social justice communications lab.
- During Summer 2021, Abrielle will work at the Intersectionality Lab of Applied Psychology, studying the positionality of racial, gender, and sexual identities. ..
- Emerson wanted a contextualized Political Science degree, and applied to Northeastern specifically for the PPE (Politics, Philosophy, and Economics) program.
- "Introduction to Economic Justice" with Professor Serena Parekh was one of Emerson's favorite courses, allowing her to study economic justice from a philosophical lens.
- Emerson was accepted by the Roosevelt Institute to do financialization research at Northeastern, examining economic priorities.
- Emerson also started a research thesis her freshman year to look at the link between modern dystopian literature and the the rise of female-led political movements.
- When Emerson found out about the HCL (History, Culture, and Law) major, she was immediately interested in adding the major to enhance her PPE studies.
- The Culture & Colonialism concentration allowed Emerson to double-credit and to develop the breadth of knowledge needed for someone who wants to work at the State Department.
- In January 2020, Emerson founded NU's Interdisciplinary Women's Collaborative (IWC) with the help of mentor and advisor Heather Hauck...
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Schools, Departments, and Programs
Africana Studies Program
American Sign Language & Interpreting Education
Asian Studies Program
Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies
Human Services Program
Jewish Studies Program
Philosophy and Religion
Politics, Philosophy, and Economics
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Sociology and Anthropology
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
World Languages Center