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Graduate Catalog 2002-2004

Program in Humanities
Admission Requirements | Degree Requirements | Master of Arts in Humanities | Courses

Area of Study and Degrees



Master's Degree Plans

Thesis & Non-Thesis

Director of Humanities

Susan J. Hekman

320 Carlisle Hall, 817-272-2389

Graduate Faculty

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. Its focus is centripetal and aimed at allowing 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 teach heuristic and analytic methods and to enhance a student's ability to view complex issues from a variety of perspectives. Drawing on classical and contemporary approaches to grammar, rhetoric, and logic, the foundation courses present and illustrate the basic concepts and the theoretical frameworks 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.

Admission Requirements

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:

  1. a GPA no lower than 3.0 for all undergraduate work;
  2. a GRE score no lower than 1000;
  3. three satisfactory letters of recommendation, as judged by the graduate advisor;
  4. a satisfactory written summary of degree objectives, as judged by the graduate advisor.

Unconditional Admission

For unconditional admission students must meet all four requirements.

Probationary Admission

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.

Provisional Admission

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.

Admission Deferral and Denial

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:

Degree Requirements

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:

  1. Foundation requirementThree courses are required. All students must complete the Conceptual Bases of the Humanities (HUMA 5300) within the first two semesters in the program. Students must also take two of the remaining four foundation courses: HUMA 5303,HUMA 5304,HUMA 5306,HUMA 5307.
  2. Foreign Language requirementStudents must demonstrate the ability to use one foreign language as a research tool in the humanities by means of a translation or other written exercise.
  3. Scope requirement for the remaining hours of coursework, students will devise an integrated program of multidisciplinary study within the humanities disciplines with the advice of their committees. No more than 15 hours may in any one discipline.

Master of Arts in the Humanities

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; it cannot be changed by completing course requirements in a later semester. 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. A grade of X cannot be changed by enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned. 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.)

Humanities (HUMA)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes at Please refer to this Web site for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

Foundation Courses

5300. CONCEPTUAL BASES OF THE HUMANITIES (3-0). Introduces students to fundamental concepts, methods, and issues central to the humanities. Particular attention will be given to a variety of epistemological approaches in humanistic inquiry, to theories of interpretation as applied to cultural constructs, and to recent issues and problems in the humanities. Required of all MA candidates in the humanities.

5303. APPROACHES TO THE STUDY OF CULTURE (3-0). Examination of the theories and methods by which culture and society have been studied. Discussion of the relationship among natural scientific, social scientific, and humanistic methodologies. Fulfills Foundations requirement.

5304. CULTURAL STUDIES (3-0). The study of how elements of culture, particularly texts, practices, and material objects, are interconnected with structures of power. Topics may include analyses of cultural studies in various humanities disciplines, theoretical approaches to cultural studies, and the relationship between cultural studies and the traditional humanities disciplines. Fulfills Foundation requirement.

5306. CRITICISMS, LANGUAGE, AND HISTORY (3-0). This course examines the ways in which linguistics, literary criticism and history have intersected in 20th century thought. Areas of analysis may include anthropology, historiography, poetics, rhetoric, semiotics, and/or structuralism. Fulfills Foundation requirement.

5307. TOPICS IN GENDER STUDIES (3-0). Analysis of the role of gender studies in the humanities disciplines. Topics may include examination of the methods and conclusions of gender analysis in history, the social sciences, philosophy, or literary criticism. Fulfills Foundations requirement.

Other Courses

5391. CONFERENCE COURSE IN THE HUMANITIES. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor and Graduate Advisor. Graded P/F/R.

5392. TOPICS IN THE HUMANITIES (3-0). Selected topics of interdisciplinary interest. May be repeated for credit when subject matter changes.

5398, 5698. THESIS. The graduate student must be registered for this course (a) when in consultation over the thesis with the supervisory committee and (b) in the semester or term in which the Master of Arts degree will be conferred. Prerequisite: permission of the Graduate Advisor in Humanities at least 30 days before enrolling. 5398 graded R/F only; 5698 graded P/F/R.

6391. READINGS IN THE HUMANITIES (3-0). Supervised individual study for students preparing for the comprehensive examination. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor and Graduate Advisor. Graded P/F/R.


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