College of Liberal Arts


Humanities (M.A.)

Course Descriptions

The following graduate-level courses are offered in humanities. Graduate-level courses are numbered 500-899. Information about course offerings and programs of study is published online and in print each year in the Graduate Catalog.


HUMA 601 WAR IN LITERATURE (3.00 units)
Examination of the paradox of western war and literature in the classical, medieval, Renaissance and modern periods. Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree.

HUMA 602 LITERATURE OF EMPIRE (3.00 units)
Analysis of imperial literature in classical, medieval, Renaissance and modern times. Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree.

HUMA 603 DISEASE, HEALTH AND HEALING IN WESTERN LITERATURE (3.00 units)
Changing literary representation of disease, the infirm, and the healer from ancient times to the present. Authors include Sophocles, Cicero, Rabelais, Dickens, Dostoevsky, Ibsen and Camus. Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree.

HUMA 604 LOVE IN LITERATURE (3.00 units)
Study of love in Western literature in classical, medieval, Renaissance, and modern texts. Prerequisites: Bachelor’s Degree.

HUMA 606 THE SYMPOSIUM (3.00 units)
Analysis of texts of the ancient, medieval, Renaissance and modern eras, which explore issues through fictionalized, civil conversation. Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree.

HUMA 611 RHETORIC: THE PURSUIT OF ELOQUENCE (3.00 units)
Concepts of rhetoric, from classical to contemporary, which have shaped persuasive and expository writing. Not open to students who have successfully completed PRWR or WRIT 611.  Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree.

HUMA 616 THE HUMAN (3.00 units)
Analysis of changing concepts on the nature of being human through a reading of classical, medieval, Renaissance and modern text. Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree.

HUMA 631 HISTORY OF HISTORICAL THOUGHT (3.00 units)
Philosophies of history from ancient to modern. Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree.

HUMA 632 VISIONS OF HISTORY AND OF HUMAN NATURE (3.00 units)
Visions and themes of history in ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and modern texts. Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree.

HUMA 633 COMPARATIVE BIOGRAPHY: THE PURSUIT OF HUMAN PERFECTION (3.00 units)
How does human life strive for perfection--whether spiritual, military, political, aesthetic or intellectual--and how do historians strive to shape those human lives into perfect biographies. Texts will include readings from the classical through the modern periods. Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree.

HUMA 634 THE TRAVELER IN HISTORY (3.00 units)
Analysis of travel accounts and their role in Western intellectual debates about natural and cultural diversity. Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree.

HUMA 701 RELIGIOUS CURRENTS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE (3.00 units)
Religious currents in American Literature from the 17th century to the present. Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree.

HUMA 702 THE GOLDEN AGE OF ENGLISH SATIRE (3.00 units)
Study of English Satire of the 18th century in its intellectual, social and political contexts. Authors studied include Dryden, Swift, Pope, Fielding, Johnson and Austen.

HUMA 750 MASTER AUTHORS (3.00 units)
Study of a classic author of history, fine arts, literature, philosophy, religion or rhetoric. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

HUMA 751 MASTERWORKS SEMINAR (3.00 units)
Intensive study of a classic book of history, fine arts, literature, philosophy, politics, religion or rhetoric. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree.

HUMA 752 MASTER THEMES SEMINAR (3.00 units)
Study of a major theme of Western Civilization in fine arts, history, literature, philosophy, religion or rhetoric. Prerequisites: Bachelor's Degree. May be repeated under a different subtitle. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

HUMA 897 M.A. THESIS IN HUMANITIES (6.00 units)
Mentored and defended monograph in one of the following disciplines: art history, history, literature, philosophy, religion or rhetoric. Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree, approval of the director and successful proposal review. Open only to enrolled graduate students in Humanities

HUMA 898 MASTER THESIS IN HUMANITIES (3.00 units)
Mentored and defended monograph in one of the following disciplines: art history, history, literature, philosophy, religion or rhetoric. Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree, approval of the director and successful proposal review.

HUMA 899 MASTERS THESIS IN HUMANITIES (1.00 units)
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