College of Liberal Arts

Humanities (M.A.)

Degree Requirements

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The Master of Arts in Humanities requires completion of a 36-unit program of study: 18 units of a core curriculum, 12 units of elective study and 6 units of thesis or course options. Students must have the approval of the program director before registering for any course to count for the humanities degree.

Required (18 units)

Students must complete six 3-unit courses from the following core areas: the Humanities and Philosophical Inquiry, HUMA 616-630 (at least one course); the Humanities and Historical Inquiry, HUMA 631-645 (at least one course); the Humanities and Comparative Literary Inquiry, HUMA 601-615 (at least one course); and the Humanities and the Rhetorical Tradition, HUMA/PRWR 611.

Electives (12 units)

Students may take courses from approved offerings in the four participating departments (English, History, Foreign Languages, Philosophy and Religious Studies) and, with permission of the program director, from two approved courses in theatre, music or art history in the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

Thesis or Anthology Options (6 units)

Students will select one of the following options:
  • Thesis and defense, or
  • Two approved courses from the home departments and presentation of a bound anthology of an introductory chapter and revised major seminar papers after consultation with a mentor.

The thesis or anthology must be submitted to the director by the seventh week of the term that the student plans to graduate.

For information on all matters related to admissions, fees, or registration, please contact the Graduate School.







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