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WKU offices in Bowling Green will open at 10 a.m. Friday. Classes Friday remain canceled and campuses in Glasgow, Owensboro and Elizabethtown/Ft. Knox remain closed Friday. Saturday classes in Bowling Green will proceed as scheduled. Here is a link to the University’s attendance policy during adverse weather conditions. Use caution and watch for slick spots on roads and walks. 

Residence Halls remain open until noon Saturday. Bemis & Barnes have space for those who need to stay longer. Visit WKU Housing & Residence Life for more information.

The high school regional basketball tournament games scheduled for Wednesday night were canceled. Games will be rescheduled for Friday/Saturday. Follow WKU News for the latest updates. #WKUAlert

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Mission Statement:

The Major in Popular Culture Studies provides WKU undergraduates with a broad understanding of the arts and culture of everyday life and its multiple uses and meanings. Through innovative interdisciplinary coursework and community events, the Major helps students critically analyze the wide range of cultural productions and practices they encounter daily including mass produced entertainment and news, advertising, built environments, vernacular arts, customs and rituals, and popular ideologies.

II. Goals:

 ' Provide a thorough and rigorous grounding in the study of popular culture from a variety of disciplinary perspectives (including but not limited to English, Folk Studies and Anthropology, History, Journalism and Broadcast Communications, Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology).

' Help students make connections between everyday popular cultures and culture products and processes more traditionally studied in these and other liberal arts disciplines.

' Develop the skills essential for students to become informed consumers and engaged participants in the global community in an age in which cultural industries play a central role in shaping the international social, political and economic landscape.

' Prepare students for a wide variety of careers in media and culture industries, in the analysis, promotion, or preservation of these productions, or for graduate studies in a range of liberal arts disciplines, business, or law.

' Organize special events that will promote a more critical understanding of popular culture and its significance among the WKU community.

' Promote student engagement with international implications by investigating and presenting findings on the ways popular culture shapes and is shaped by communities on the local, national and global level.

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