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Graduate Programs

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Humanities

Minimum Totals for Graduation: 30 hours

The Master of Arts in Humanities is a degree designed for gener- alists, for those more interested in synthesis than specialization. It provides an integrated study of the humanities in a cross-disciplin- ary format. Because the various areas of the humanities are natu- rally interrelated, this format emphasizes connection rather than fragmentation. The courses for the 30-semester hour program are generally selected from such traditional areas of the humani- ties as history, literature, philosophy, religion, music and art; they may, however, also include such areas as women’s studies and anthropology. Please note that course selection among these disciplines will be more limited for on-campus students.

The program is flexible enough to meet the needs of a great variety of students. It is an appropriate degree choice for students seeking a graduate degree which offers educational development or a focus on interdisciplinary knowledge.

Note: Some courses listed here are not available on campus, but are offered only through Off-Campus Programs cohorts.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

Admission requirements are the same as those for admission to the College of Graduate Studies (baccalaureate degree and overall GPA of 2.7) and a minimum of 20 hours of coursework in areas of the Humanities (history, literature, philosophy, etc.) with GPA of 2.7.

Requirements I

A minimum of 24 hours of graduate credit in the Humanities including:

History Requirements (6-9 hours)

Select 6-9 hours in consultation with advisor. See Structure (Core Courses) below.

Literature Requirements (6-9 hours)

Select 6-9 hours in consultation with advisor. See Structure (Core Courses) below.

Other Requirements (6-9 hours)

Select 6-9 hours of coursework in any of the following areas approved by the student’s faculty advisor:

Art Music (non-studio/non-performance) Religion Philosophy Cinema See Structure (Core Courses) below.

Note: A minimum of 15 hours of the above courses must be in courses numbered 600 or above.

Requirements II Select one of the following plans:

Plan A (6 hours)

Plan B (6 hours)

6 hours of elective coursework approved by faculty advisor, 3 hours of which may be in a curriculum development course (e.g., HST 601, ENG 615).

Students electing Plan B must submit a paper prepared in con- nection with a seminar or as an independent study that will serve as evidence of the student’s scholarship.

Structure (Core Courses)

In order to ensure both coherence and the advantage of comple- mentary disciplinary approaches in the program of studies, each student’s coursework must be approved in advance by a faculty advisor. Coursework leading to the degree will be organized around a core (15-18 hours) of courses that are integrated by topic or theme.

The following is a list of representative topics that have been approved by the M.A. in Humanities Council.

Core Courses I The Rise of Industrial Society

Students selecting this core of courses would select five or six of the following: BCA 525 - Film Genre Study 3-9(Spec) BLR 597 - Special Topics 1-6(Spec) ENG 656 - Seminar in American Literature 3-9(Spec) HST 525 - The Industrialization of America 3(3-0) HST 603 - Colloquium in U.S. History Since 1865 3-6(3-0) MUS 597 - Special Studies 1-6(Spec) PHL 597 - Special Topics In Philosophy 1-12(Spec) REL 501 - Seminar in the Study of Religion 3(3-0)

Note: Seminar Topics for seminars listed above:

  • BCA 525: Cautionary Tales for the Industrial Age: Science and the Individual in Cinema

  • BLR 597: Transformation of American Law

  • ENG 656: The Twenties and Thirties OR Realism and Naturalism

  • MUS 597: Music and Technology

  • PHL 597: Philosophical Problem in Industrial Society

  • REL 501: Religious Issues in the 20th Century

Core Courses II Images and Ideas of Self

Students selecting this core of courses would select five or six of the following: ENG 656 - Seminar in American Literature 3-9(Spec) ENG 665 - Seminar in World Literature 3-9(Spec) HST 603 - Colloquium in U.S. History Since 1865 3-6(3-0) HUM 610 - Seminar in American Individualism 3(3-0) MUS 597 - Special Studies 1-6(Spec) MUS 713 - The Development of Jazz Through 1945 3(3-0) PHL 525 - Philosophical Problems of the Self 3(3-0) PHL 597 - Special Topics In Philosophy 1-12(Spec) REL 501 - Seminar in the Study of Religion 3(3-0)

Thesis with oral defense. HUM 799 - Thesis 1-6(Spec)

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