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 ultimately 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
  • ENG 580 Literary and Cultural Interpretation
  • GS 570 Cultural Theory
  • PHI 535 Aesthetics
  • RLS 570 Theory of Religion
  • WS 581 Feminist Theory: Visual Culture
  • WS 580 Feminist Theory: Literary Analysis

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



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

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


Graduation Requirements

The successful M.A. candidate will complete 10 course credits, which includes two course credits 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.