Undergraduate

Critical Theory Minor

The Critical Theory Minor provides Northwestern undergraduate students the ability to question the world in which they live and formulate theoretically nuanced responses to the problems that define our historical moments. Throughout its many traditions and applications, critical theory generally involves the attempt to better understand power and conflict, and to achieve change or distance from the unexamined beliefs, forces, conventions, ways of thought, institutions and routines, that determine much of human life.

As an interdisciplinary program, students are provided with the opportunity to exchange ideas with peers, graduate students, and faculty with interlinked interests across Northwestern's numerous departments, disciplines, and schools. These disciplines include philosophy, comparative literature, media and communication, film studies, political theory, gender studies, and many others.

Explore our website, as it offers information about the minor and a snapshot into the opportunities available to undergraduate students.

Who to Contact?

  • If you have general questions, please reach out to the Critical Theory administrator at criticaltheory@northwestern.edu or visit the office: Kresge Hall 5-538.
  • The Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Critical Theory Minor is Professor Mark Alznauer, m-alznauer@northwestern.edu. Please reach out to him if you would like to declare the minor or have specific questions about courses and minor requirements.