Course Catalog


  Diploma Area Advisor: Cenk Özbay , Ayşecan Terzioğlu, Sibel Irzık

The Cultural Studies Program is committed to addressing the critical relations between culture, power, and history through multi-disciplinary engagement, innovative research, methodological openness, and critical pedagogical practice. It brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars with a commitment to fostering new ways of analyzing and participating in contemporary cultural dynamics in Turkey and the world at large.

The program covers a wide range of topics and theories, but is particularly strong in gender and sexuality, nationalism and transnationalism, globalization, violence and trauma, memory, law, popular culture, and new media technologies.

Since the program's inception, Cultural Studies at Sabanci University has been at once an intellectual endeavor and a medium of public involvement and engagement, occasioning various opportunities for faculty and students to participate in social and political debates both on- and off-campus. The program's unique focus on critical pedagogical practice affords students the opportunity to carry out original research/writing projects.


Course Category Min. ECTS Credits Min. SU Credits Min. Courses
University Courses 75 44 -
Required Courses 27 12 -
Core Electives 30 15 5
Area Electives - 21 7
Free Electives 66 33 11
Faculty Courses - - 5
Total 240 125 -


University Courses

From the University Courses listed below, 17 courses and 44 SU credits and 75 ECTS credits must be completed.

- All freshman courses (1XX coded courses, including PROJ 201) and SPS 303 are required.

- Only two of the HUM coded courses listed below are required.

(Please visit Foundations Development Directorate web site (fdd.sabanciuniv.edu) for general information about University Courses.)

  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     IF 100 Computational Approaches to Problem Solving 5 3 FENS
     MATH 101 Calculus I 6 3 FENS
     CIP 101N Civic Involvement Projects I-N 1 0 FASS
     NS 101 Science of Nature I 6 4 FENS
     SPS 101 Humanity and Society I 6 3 FASS
     TLL 101 Turkish Language and Literature I 3 2 SL
     AL 102 Academic Literacies 5 3 SL
     MATH 102 Calculus II 6 3 FENS
     NS 102 Science of Nature II 6 4 FENS
     SPS 102 Humanity and Society II 6 3 FASS
     TLL 102 Turkish Language and Literature II 3 2 SL
     HIST 191 Principles of Atatürk and the History of the Turkish Revolution I 3 2 FASS
     HIST 192 Principles of Atatürk and the History of the Turkish Revolution II 3 2 FASS
     HUM 201 Major Works of Literature - Myths and Archetypes 5 3 FASS
     PROJ 201 Undergraduate Project Course 1 1 FENS
     HUM 202 Major Works of Western Art 5 3 FASS
     HUM 203 Major Works of Ottoman Culture 5 3 FASS
     HUM 204 Major Works of Classical Music 5 3 FASS
     HUM 206 Major Works of Drama 5 3 FASS
     HUM 211 Major Works of 20th Century Literature 5 3 FASS
     HUM 212 Major Works of Modern Art 5 3 FASS
     HUM 214 Major Works of the Opera 5 3 FASS
     HUM 221 Major Works of the Novel 5 3 FASS
     HUM 224 Major Works of 20th Century Music 5 3 FASS
     HUM 231 Major Works of Poetry 5 3 FASS
     HUM 232 Major Works of Asian Art 5 3 FASS
     HUM 241 Major Works of Short Fiction 5 3 FASS
     HUM 261 Major Works of World Literature 5 3 FASS
     HUM 271 Major Works in Islamic Literature 5 3 FASS
     SPS 303 Law and Ethics 5 3 FASS

Required Courses

All the other courses below are required.

  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     ANTH 214 Anthropology as Cultural Critique 6 3 FASS
     GEN 341 Myths of Gender: Cultural Theories about Women and Men 6 3 FASS
LIT 212 Analyzing Text and Context 6 3 FASS
     PROJ 300 Project and Internship 3 0 FASS
SOC 201 Social Theory 6 3 FASS

Core Electives

5 courses from the pool. The extra courses taken from this pool are directly counted towards Area Elective Course requirements.

  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
ANTH 255 Local Cultures, Global Forces 6 3 FASS
     CULT 361 Oral History 7 3 FASS
     CULT 391 Turkish Culture: Critical Perspectives 6 3 FASS
     CULT 401 Honors Project 6 3 FASS
     CULT 432 Modernism/Postmodernism 6 3 FASS
     IF 301 Gender in Science and Technology 6 3 FENS
     PHIL 301 Philosophy of Social Sciences 6 3 FASS
PSY 340 Social Psychology 6 3 FASS
     SOC 300 Sociology of Science 6 3 FASS
VA 315 Visual Culture 7 3 FASS

Area Electives

A minumum of 7 courses from ANTH - CULT - LIT - SOC - FILM coded undergraduate and graduate courses, and courses from the list. At most 2 graduate courses can be taken in the senior year with the advisor's and instructor's approvals. The extra courses taken from this pool are directly counted towards Free Elective Course requirements.

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Free Electives

11 courses offered by the university (excluding "University Courses"). At most 2 of the Begining / Basic level language courses can be used to fulfill the requirements for this area.

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Faculty Courses

  • At least 5 courses should be completed from FENS, FASS and SOM Faculty Courses, At least three of these courses must be from the pool of FASS Faculty Courses,
  • These five courses must be distributed over at least three out of eight areas: the FENS and SOM pool of faculty courses counting as seventh and eighth area in addition to the six FASS areas (CULT, ECON, HART, PSYCH, SPS/POLS/IR, VA)
  • These courses may have been taken while fulfilling the other degree requirements for the program.
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    * Faculty Courses

    **Courses in more than one areas are listed in the area according to order of appearence in Summary of Degree Requirements list. That is, if a course is both area elective and core elective,then it is listed in core elective courses list.

    ***Graduate courses are not listed in undergraduate area requirements even if they are among them.

    ****Since graduation requirements may change dependent to the enrollment year to the University, we advise our students who enrolled at SU in previous years and still continue their education, to track their graduation requirements completion via Information System - Degree Evaluation.