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Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

Humanities M.A.

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The graduate program in Humanities leads to the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree. The program encourages interdisciplinary study in the humanities while allowing specialization in one of the following concentrations: studio arts, art history, museum studies, film studies, writing, and the history of ideas. Students in the program will gain an appreciation of major artistic and intellectual contributions across history and the global landscape. Students may enroll with degrees from one of the humanistic disciplines or from other fields, although prior coursework in the Humanities is desirable. Upon enrollment, a student will be assigned a faculty adviser who will help mentor the student through the program. The culmination of the program is the successful completion of one of the capstone options (thesis, internship, project, comprehensive exam, or exhibition); selection of the capstone options should be guided by the student's interests and professional goals. For additional information about the degree, contact the HSH Office of Academic Advising

Course of study:

The degree consists of a required core (9 hours), concentration(s), and a capstone option. All options contain a minimum of 30 graduate semester hours. Depending on the concentration a student selects, there may be opportunities to enroll in elective courses as described at the end of the capstone options. With the approval of their faculty adviser, students pursuing an M.A. degree in Humanities may take up to six hours of credit outside those rubrics. Further exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Liberal Arts Department in consultation with the faculty adviser.

Required Core:

All students will take 3 courses, 1 from each pair of courses listed below.

Art History (3 hours)
Students will take one of the following courses in the discipline of Art History
HUMN 5430 Issues in Art History I: Ancient to Modern
Credit Hours: 3
HUMN 5431 Issues in Art History II: Renaissance to the Present
Credit Hours: 3
Comparative Literature (3 hours)
Students will take one of the following courses in the discipline of Comparative Literature
HUMN 5034 Global Humanities I
Credit Hours: 3
HUMN 5036 Global Humanities II
Credit Hours: 3
Philosophy and Intellectual History (3 hours)
Students will take one of the following courses in Philosophy and Intellectual History
HUMN 5030 History of Ideas I
Credit Hours: 3
HUMN 5032 History of Ideas II
Credit Hours: 3

Concentrations

Students will select one or more of the following concentrations during their first year of study. Concentrations range from 9-21 credits. Additional course requirements for each are listed. Up to 15 hours of electives may be completed depending on the concentration that is selected. 

Studio Arts (21 hours)

In addition to the core requirements, students are required to take 21 credit hours to complete this concentration and can choose from any of the courses listed.

For ARTS 5233, the following may be substituted: HUMN 5233

For ARTS 5234, the following may be substituted: HUMN 5234

ARTS 5037 Studies in Art History
Credit Hours: 3
ARTS 5038 Crafts Design and History
Credit Hours: 3
ARTS 5231 Sculpture and Ceramics Studio
Credit Hours: 3
ARTS 5233 Art of Ancient Iraq and the Near East
Credit Hours: 3
ARTS 5234 Art of the Ancient Greek World
Credit Hours: 3
ARTS 5331 Painting-Drawing-Printmaking
Credit Hours: 3
ARTS 5931 Research Topics in Art
Credit Hours: 3
ARTS 5939 Independent Study in Art
Credit Hours: 3
DMST 5031 Graphic Design
Credit Hours: 3
DMST 5039 Web Development
Credit Hours: 3
DMST 5538 Electronic Publishing
Credit Hours: 3
Art History (9 hours)

In addition to the core requirements, students are required to take 9 credit hours in art history, as follows:

1 additional course in Issues in Art History

2 additional courses in Art History, which may include:

ARTS 5037 Studies in Art History
Credit Hours: 3
ARTS 5038 Crafts Design and History
Credit Hours: 3
ARTS 5931 Research Topics in Art
Credit Hours: 3
ARTS 5939 Independent Study in Art
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5131 Gender, Culture, and Power
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5132 Women of Color
Credit Hours: 3
DMST 5034 Global Issues in a Digital Society
Credit Hours: 3
Museum Studies (12 hours)

In addition to the core requirements, students are required to take 12 credit hours in courses related to museums, culture, and/or heritage, as follows:

HUMN 5235 is required.

3 additional courses, which may include:

For ANTH 5537, the following may be substituted: CRCL 5537

HUMN 5235 Museums and the Public
Credit Hours: 3
ANTH 5333 Cultures of Mexico and Central America
Credit Hours: 3
ANTH 5334 Native American Cultures
Credit Hours: 3
ANTH 5535 Cultures of Asia
Credit Hours: 3
ANTH 5537 Topics in African Studies
Credit Hours: 3
ANTH 5538 Cultures of the Middle East
Credit Hours: 3
ARTS 5037 Studies in Art History
Credit Hours: 3
ARTS 5038 Crafts Design and History
Credit Hours: 3
ARTS 5931 Research Topics in Art
Credit Hours: 3
ARTS 5939 Independent Study in Art
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5131 Gender, Culture, and Power
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5132 Women of Color
Credit Hours: 3
DMST 5034 Global Issues in a Digital Society
Credit Hours: 3
Film Studies (9 hours)

In addition to the core requirements, students are required to take 9 credit hours in film studies, which may include:

For the following courses choose between HIST 5236 or HUMN 5236

HIST 5236 Studies in History and Film
Credit Hours: 3
HUMN 5236 Studies in Film
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 5237 Nazi Cinema and the Third Reich
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 5238 Weimar Cinema and the Great War
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 5239 The Vietnam War in Film
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 5330 Memory and Representation in Holocaust Cinema
Credit Hours: 3
HUMN 5238 World Cinema
Credit Hours: 3
HUMN 5239 Indian Cinema
Credit Hours: 3
Writing (9 hours)

In addition to the core requirements, students are required to take 9 credit hours in Writing, which may include:

WRIT 5130 Composition Theory
Credit Hours: 3
WRIT 5131 Writing Pedagogy
Credit Hours: 3
WRIT 5132 Seminar in Rhetorical Theories I
Credit Hours: 3
WRIT 5133 Seminar in Rhetorical Theories II
Credit Hours: 3
WRIT 5134 Special Topics in Discourse Studies
Credit Hours: 3
WRIT 5135 Special Topics in Linguistics
Credit Hours: 3
WRIT 5137 Grant and Proposal Writing
Credit Hours: 3
WRIT 5138 Multimedia Composition and Theory
Credit Hours: 3
WRIT 5139 Digital Rhetoric
Credit Hours: 3
WRIT 5230 Collaborative Writing Pedagogy
Credit Hours: 3

 

History of Ideas

In addition to the core requirements, students are required to take 12 credits in courses from HIST, HUMN, LITR, PHIL, or WGST. 

Capstone options

Students select one of the following four options as a capstone for the completion of the M.A. in Humanities:

  1. Thesis - 30 hours of coursework plus 6 hours of thesis research. This option is recommended for students who plan to move on to a Ph.D. degree.
  2. Project - 30 hours of coursework plus 6 hours of project research.
  3. Internship - 30 hours of coursework plus 6 hours of internship.
  4. Comprehensive Exam - 36 hours of coursework plus a comprehensive written examination.
  5. Exhibition - 36 hours of coursework plus a comprehensive art exhibition. Support material requirements will consist of a digital portfolio, an artist statement, a biography, an artist resume, an artist web presence, and a reflective report on the exhibition.

The Exhibition option is available for Concentration 1: Studio Art Only

*Studio art students may only select project, internship, or exhibition options.

Master's Option should be interdisciplinary in orientation, concept, and context. Master's Options require registration in appropriate course rubrics. These require continuous registration during each fall and spring semester until completion.

Electives

Electives (0-15 hours)

Students may choose 0-15 hours of electives (in related disciplines such as ARTS, COMM, CRCL, DMST, HIST, LITR, PHIL, and WGST) and up to 6 elective hours can be 3000-4000-level courses.