2018-2019 Catalog

Master of Arts in Arts and Humanities (30 units)

Admission Requirements

  1. To be admitted into the program a student must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college, as well as a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) of upper division course work attempted (not including extension units).
  2. A Supplemental Application, available from the Humanities Office, must be completed.
  3. Although there are no specific course prerequisites for admission to the program, a student will be required to take undergraduate preparatory courses if the educational background in the humanities is insufficient.
  4. A letter of recommendation will be required.

Progress Towards The Degree

After nine units of graduate humanities courses are taken (500 level) with a grade average of "B" or better, and the Diagnostic essay Exercise has been passed, the student is given classified standing. After all requirements for the degree except the thesis/final project have been met, the student is given the status of advancement to candidacy. The degree is awarded after all requirements have been met, a grade point average of 3.0 or better has been maintained, and the final project/thesis has been completed and approved by the thesis committee and the Graduate Studies Office.

Features

This program provides the opportunity to study humanities topics in depth at an advanced level. Each course meets one evening per week, and is conducted in a seminar setting with active student participation and discussion. Although the emphasis is upon combining the disciplines around topics, there is an opportunity to focus upon a single discipline seminar, electives, independent study, and the final project or thesis.

Degree Requirements (30 units)

The Master of Arts in Arts and Humanities requires completion of 27 units of course work and one of the following:

  1. Passing score for HUM 598 Comprehensive Examination (3 units). After completion of all course work or during the last semester of course work, the degree candidate may apply to take HUM 598 Comprehensive Examination. There is only one retake opportunity.
  2. Completion of an approved thesis or creative project (HUM 599, 3 units). Student must have at least a 3.75 GPA and the approval of the program coordinator to enroll in HUM 599.

Student must select one of the options listed. The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

Requirements

A.  Core Courses (12 units):

HUM 500Proseminar: The Humanities in the City

3

HUM 512Texts and Language

3

HUM 528Images and Artifacts

3

HUM 582Performance & Criticism

3

B.  Seminars and Performance (12-15 units)

Select one of the following options:

1. Arts and Humanities in the City Option

HUM 520Seminar In Art

3

HUM 522Seminar In Literature

3

HUM 523Seminar In Music

3

HUM 524Seminar in Philosophy/Religious Studies

3

HUM 540Sem His: Moments Crisis

3

2. Music and Intellectual Inquiry Option

Prerequisite: Consent of Department of Music Chair

a. Required Courses:
HUM 523Seminar In Music

3

MUS 580Perform Perf Prac Repert

2

and-or

MUS 594Independent Study

1 - 3 units

b. Select 3-6 units from the following:
HUM 520Seminar In Art

3

HUM 522Seminar In Literature

3

HUM 524Seminar in Philosophy/Religious Studies

3

HUM 540Sem His: Moments Crisis

3

C. Electives (3 units, optional):

Approved humanities-related courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.

D. Final Project or Comprehensive Examination (3 units):
HUM 598Comprehensive Examination

3

or

HUM 599Final Project

3 units

E.  Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

All graduates must pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement. A score of eight or better is required on the GWE test, or in cases where English 350 is taken, a grade of "B" or better is required. Details on the examination are available from the English department office and the Testing Office. The GWAR must be taken in the first semester.

F.  Master’s Requirement.

In addition to the major requirements, student must meet all university requirements for the master’s degree. Students should consult the section of the catalog entitled “Graduate Degrees and Postbaccalaureate Studies.”