The University of Texas at Arlington Graduate Catalog 2004-2006 Vol LXXXVII - July 2004
Thesis & Non-Thesis
The Graduate Faculty of the College of Liberal Arts
The Graduate Humanities Program offers a course of study designed to instill understanding across the spectrum of fields traditionally identified as the Humanities, the study of humankind and of the cultures it has created. The Humanities includes history; philosophy; languages; linguistics; literature; anthropology; the history, theory and criticism of the fine arts; ethics; comparative religion; social and political theory; and those aspects of the social sciences employing historical or philosophical approaches or methodologies that subordinate quantitative procedures to an interpretive and qualitative evaluation of their subject matters. The program combines a strong foundation in the concepts and methods shared by the humanities with intensive study in an area of concentration that synthesizes or integrates two or more disciplines. It is not suited for those wishing to pursue a traditional disciplinary degree, because its views, subject matter and methods transcend those normally allowed in a single discipline. Study in the Humanities allows integration and forging connections across disciplinary boundaries. Coursework and examinations must reflect the methods and perspectives of the Humanities.
The foundation of the program is a series of courses, taken at the outset of study, whose purpose is to enhance a student's ability to view complex issues from a variety of perspectives. Drawing on classical and contemporary approaches, the foundation courses present and illustrate the basic concepts, the theoretical frameworks, and the methods of the humanities.
The Master's Program in Graduate Humanities, after the completion of foundation courses, applies the methods and perspectives of the Humanities foundation in integrating the subject areas of concentration. Graduates of the program utilize these abilities in teaching, research, translation, the ministry, government service, and private non-profit organizations. Each student's course of study is planned individually and provides in-depth training in a specialization within the context of the Humanities' traditional focus on human goals, needs, and values.
Potential students must apply for admission through, and supply all information and meet all admission standards required by, the Graduate School. In addition, the following information will be considered in determining admission status into the Graduate Humanities Program:
For unconditional admission students must meet all four requirements.
Students not meeting all of the requirements may still be considered for probationary admission; no single criterion will end consideration of an applicant. Students entering the program under probationary status will be granted unconditional admission only after completing 12 hours of graduate courses, approved by the graduate advisor, earning no grade below B.
An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.
Students will be denied admission or admission will be deferred if they perform poorly on all of the above criteria. A deferred decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.
Fellowships, when available, will be awarded on a competitive basis. Nominees for the Graduate School Master's Fellowship in Humanities will be selected based on the following criteria:
The basic general admission and degree requirements are those of the Graduate School, as stated in this catalog. A Student Handbook is provided each student in the Graduate Humanities Program. Students are responsible for all information regarding rules, policies, and procedures as defined in the student handbook. In addition, all MA students must fulfill the following requirements:
Students may choose a thesis or non-thesis option. The thesis option requires 30 credit hours, 24 hours of course work plus 6 hours of thesis preparation. Thesis students must pass an oral defense of the thesis upon its completion. The non-thesis option requires 36 hours of course work and the preparation of a qualifying paper. Non-thesis students must pass a comprehensive examination at the end of their program of study.
The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.
An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.
Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)