2022-2023 Course Catalog

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Popular Culture (POPC) Minor

The minor in Popular Culture requires the completion of 18 credit hours, including at least 9 hours at the 3000-level or above, as follows. All courses listed are three-credit-hour courses.

Required Minor Courses
HUM/RLCL 2504Introduction to American Studies3
HUM/RLCL 3034Theories of Popular Culture3
Elective Courses
Select at least 12 credit hours from the following: 1 12
Sports and the Afro-American Experience
Black Aesthetics
Folk Cultures in Appalachia
The Cultural Politics of Music in Appalachia
Topics in Architecture History and Theory
Introduction to Cinema
Introduction to Detective Fiction
Introduction to Science Fiction and Fantasy
Ethnic Literature for Children
Literature for Children
Literature and Cinema
Studies in Contemporary Culture
Social History of Film 2
Socio-Cultural Impacts of Tourism
Religion in American Life
The Sociology of Popular Music
Total Credits18

At least two of which must be the 3000-4000 level.


This topics course may be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

The following topics courses may be used when the topic pertains to popular, as approved by the minor coordinator. 

AINS 4004Topics in American Indian Studies 1 3
APS/HUM 4414Issues in Appalachian Studies 1 3
HUM 4104Explorations in Advanced Humanities Topics 1 3
RLCL 4324Topics in Religion and Culture 1 3
WGS 3004Topics in Feminism 1 3

This topics course may be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

Special offerings, including, Independent Study, Undergraduate Research, and Study Abroad, and relevant courses in this or other departments, may be uses to fulfill requirements of up to six (6) credits for the minor. Permission to count such courses must be granted by the minor coordinator. Courses taken to fulfill the requirements of the minor cannot be taken as pass/fail unless that is that is only  way the course  is taught. Students should check the course catalogue for the latest information on course pre-requisites.

To graduate with a minor in Popular Culture Studies, a student must have an over-all GPA of 2.0 and an in-minor GPA of 2.0 from all of the courses taken from the minor check-sheet.

Students who wish to complete this minor or want more information should consult with the academic adviser Amanda Villar, (540) 231-5033, avillar@vt.edu , or the minor coordinator, Dr. Emily Satterwhite, 344 Lane Hall, (540) 231-8779, satterwhite@vt.edu.