Students choosing the concentration in Critical/Cultural Theory focus on the history of ideas through the study of philosophy, religion, critical theory, and cultural expression.

The Concentration in Critical/Cultural Theory

The Concentration in Critical/Cultural Theory is designed to prepare students for further graduate study at the Ph.D. level, especially in the fields of literary studies, philosophy, semiotics, comparative literatures and Critical/Cultural Theory.

Students selecting this concentration must complete five courses from the following in the Critical/Cultural Theory concentration:

  • COM 504 Media Theory
  • GS 570 Cultural Theory
  • ENG 580 Literary and Cultural Interpretation
  • PHI 535 Aesthetics
  • SOC 580 Qualitative Methods of Social Research
  • WS 520 Feminist Theory: Visual Culture
  • WS 521 Feminist Theory: Literary Analysis

Relevant Topics courses in theoretical fields may be substituted with the approval of the Program Director. 

All M.A. in Humanities program candidates are required to complete the following:

HUM 510 Methods and Materials of Humanities Research
HUM 598 Master’s Thesis I
HUM 599 Master’s Thesis II

The successful M.A. candidate will complete 10 courses, which includes two courses of Master’s Thesis, while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Graduate course credit will be awarded only for earned grades of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better.

All course work and degree requirements must be completed within six years of taking the first class in the M.A. Program. Appeals for extension of the six-year limit must be submitted in writing to the Program Director.