The Institute of Caribbean Studies is a department in the Faculty of Humanities and Education at The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. We have an exciting slate of interdisciplinary programmes and experiences for you to engage with intellectually and socially. Our cutting edge flagship programmes have attracted students locally, regionally and internationally. If you have a solid interest in gaining expertise in entertainment, music, indigenous religions, intellectual property, performing arts, film studies or any other dimension of culture or creative industries, then you have chosen the right department.

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The ICS has strategically designed undergraduate programmes that will  transform students into successful leaders within the cultural, entertainment and creative industries. Students will have the ability to respond to the growing demands for Cultural Studies research and be able to use the wealth of knowledge from our programmes to design an innovative career path. We offer three undergraduate degrees:

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The ICS offers both full-time and part-time graduate programmes that support our students' ability to perform well in today’s globalized and highly competitive world. Our programmes encourage interdisciplinary projects from a range of academic fields within the humanities and social sciences such as anthropology, economics, literary studies, sociology, psychology, history, media studies, political science, music, art and linguistics. We offer three graduate programmes:

  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Cultural Studies
  • Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Cultural Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Cultural Studies

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The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) is a vibrant space for cutting-edge creative minds. Apart from its academic and research strengths, the ICS plays host to a variety of events including workshops, special lectures and staff/graduate seminars that give students guidance along their academic journey. 

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