Master of Arts in Arts and Humanities Degree Requirements

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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). Students must have at least a 3.75 GPA and the approval of the program coordinator to enroll in HUM 599.

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

  1. Core Courses (12 units)
    HUM 500. Proseminar: The Humanities in the City (3)
    HUM 512. Texts and Language (3)
    HUM 528. Images and Artifacts (3)
    HUM 582. Performance and Criticism (3)
  2. Seminars and Performance (12-15 units)
    Select one of the following options:

    Option I: Arts and Humanities in the City

    HUM 520. Seminar in Art (3)
    HUM 522. Seminar in Literature (3)
    HUM 523. Seminar in Music (3)
    HUM 524. Seminar in Philosophy (3)
    HUM 540. Seminar in History (3)


    Option II: Music and Intellectual Inquiry
    Prerequisite: Consent of Department of Music Chair

    a) HUM 523. Seminar in Music (3)
    b) MUS 580. Performance, Performance Practices and Repertoire (2-6)
    and/or
    MUS 594. Independent Study (1-3)
    c) and 3-6 units from the following:
    HUM 520. Seminar in Art (3)
    HUM 522. Seminar in Literature (3)
    HUM 524. Seminar in Philosophy (3)
    HUM 540. Seminar in History (3)
  3. Electives (3 units, optional)
    Approved arts and humanities-related course chosen in consultation with an advisor.
  4. Culminating Experience (3 units)
    HUM 598 Comprehensive Examination
    or
    HUM 599 Final Project
  5. 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.
  6. Master's Requirement. In addition to the major requirements, students must meet all university requirements for the master's degree. Students should consult the section of the catalog entitled "Graduate Degrees and Postbaccalaureate Studies."