Program Description

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The Humanities Graduate Program

The Humanities Graduate Program provides post-baccalaureate students the opportunity to study the traditional humanities fields—philosophy, literature, history, music, performance, and art—in the context of contemporary interdisciplinary topics, as well as in courses devoted to the methodology and current concerns of specific disciplines. Courses enable the critical evaluation of the visual and performing arts, as well as the ideas and cultures that have shaped societies. Program courses are designed around the theme of the city. Skills in advanced writing, research, and presentation are exercised in seminars and in a final research or creative project. Seminars are held at night, weekly, at times convenient for the working adult. Many of our M.A. students work full-time as educators and speak highly of the advantages they have gained from the program. Humanities MA Requirements [PDF]. NEW OPTIONS FOR THE MASTERS DEGREE AVAILABLE CONTACT DR FITZSIMMONS. HOW TO APPLY TO THE MA PROGRAM [PDF].

The Humanities Minor

Humanities minor students study contemporary and historical topics in literature, philosophy, history, performance and the visual arts in world civilizations and cultures. Each course emphasizes a single topic from the perspective of two or more Humanities disciplines, focusing upon primary sources, and significant works of art and literature, as well as ideas, movements and individuals, that have helped to define values, civilizations, and the human condition. Skills in writing, critical analysis, oral participation, and evaluation of the arts are fostered through course work.

The minor program provides balance to a major or applied field such as management or the sciences, and it extends a liberal arts major, providing the opportunity to refine the skills demanded in professional or graduate schools, as well as offering the benefits of academic and personal enrichment.

General Education Requirements

All students at CSU Dominguez Hills are required to take the HUM 200 lower division course, a ground level introduction to ideas, concepts and a good number of works of art, literature, music and philosophy drawn from the Renaissance and Modern (including the Harlem Renaissance) periods of history. This is not a survey course, but rather a concentrated examination of two important periods in human history. Written works, art works and musical examples will be used to broaden the student’s perception, and also to trace the course’s main theme of tradition and change.

To continue the student’s experience in the humanities beyond the lower division HUM 200 course, the General Education requirements for bachelor’s candidates include one additional course selected from the HUM 310, HUM 312, and HUM 314 sequence. These courses, concerned with key concepts, movements and issues, focus on one particular theme in contrast to the broadly-based HUM 200 course.