Humanities

College of Humanities
Dean: Paul Sherwin

Department of Humanities
HUM 410
415-338-1830
Chair: Saul Steier

Graduate Coordinator: Mary Scott

Faculty

Professors—Chandler, Leonard, Luft, Scott

Emeritus Professors—Birt, Lunine

Associate Professors—Bertram, Ruotolo, Steier

Assistant Professors—Garcia-Moreno, Jacobowitz, Shobhi

Programs

B.A. in Humanities
Minor in Humanities
M.A. in Humanities


Program Scope

The program enables students to seek understanding of cultural experience through interdisciplinary study of the humanities. Undergraduate and graduate students study social conduct, cultural practices, values, and artistic insights reflecting many human communities. Humanities majors explore methods of bringing the various humanities, such as literature, music, visual forms, and architecture, into an integrative view of the world's cultural diversity.

Students who wish to base their careers on broad knowledge of American and world cultures will find this major applicable to posts in government, business, education, and the arts. Practical training in a specific professional field (TESOL, journalism, museum work, etc.) may well be taken in conjunction with the major or the minor in Humanities. The B.A. in Humanities is also good preparation for entering a K-12 single subject or multiple subject teaching credential program. Those earning the M.A. in Humanities are qualified to search for a position at a community college.

For the B.A. in Humanities, students must complete a core of five courses (including a senior seminar) in basic methods of understanding culture through the humanities, and then choose combinations of courses in European, American, Asian, and Cross-Cultural Studies (the cross-cultural studies area consists of courses in which the subject matter is from another geographic area than the Americas, Europe, or Asia, and courses that specifically include a number of different cultures). In one of these culture-study areas, additional courses will be chosen, making it the area of emphasis in the major. Up to three appropriate courses in related departments such as ethnic studies, English, art, and music may be included in the major with an adviser's approval.

Students minoring in Humanities must complete four core courses and three additional courses in one or more of the culture-study areas, depending upon the emphasis desired.

The Master of Arts in Humanities is an interdisciplinary program which emphasizes the integrative study of culture, ideas, and the arts, with special concern for the questions of value—moral, intellectual, cultural, and aesthetic—that are inherent in major human expressions. It serves a variety of personal and career objectives, including preparation for and enrichment of K-12 and community college level teaching and preparation for advanced study in a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary degree programs in the humanities.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN HUMANITIES

The department's lower division General Education courses (HUM 130, 220, 225) or other lower division courses concerned with ideas, social conditions, and art forms are recommended for students planning to major or minor in humanities. They may not be counted toward the major. Study or practical experience toward mastery of a foreign language is strongly recommended along with the major or minor.

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

Core Units
HUM 301 Style and Expressive Forms 3
HUM 302 Theories and Methods in the Humanities 3
HUM 303 Cultural Periods and Styles 3
HUM 425 Thought and Image 3
HUM 690 Senior Seminar 3
Cross-cultural Studies
Units selected from the following, or other appropriate courses on advisement:
HUM 320, 340, 345, 360, 361, 366, 375 (cities outside Europe, the Americas, and Asia), 377, 390, 415, 496, 501, 510
3
European Culture Studies
Units selected from the following, or other appropriate courses on advisement:
HUM 375 (European cities), 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 410, 412, 413, 415 (if European topics), 430, 432, 440, 445
6
American Culture Studies
Units selected from the following, or other appropriate courses on advisement:
HUM 375 (North American and Latin American cities), 376 (San Francisco), 450, 455, 470, 480, 485, 490, 495, 520
6
Asian Culture Studies
Units selected from the following, or other appropriate courses on advisement:
HUM 366, 375 (Asian cities), 507, 525, 526, 528, 510 (if Asian topic), 530
6
Additional Courses
Units selected from one of the above culture study areas, or other appropriate courses on advisement
6
Total units for the major 42

NOTE: Up to three appropriate courses (9 units) in related departments or programs may be substituted for departmental course work in the culture-study areas.

MINOR IN HUMANITIES

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

Program Units
HUM 301 Style and Expressive Forms 3
HUM 302 Theories and Methods in the Humanities 3
HUM 303 Cultural Periods and Styles 3
HUM 425 Thought and Image 3
Units chosen on advisement in one or more of the culture study areas of the major. Up to 3 units may be taken outside the department. 9
Total units in the minor 21

MASTER OF ARTS IN HUMANITIES

Admission to the Program

Applications for admission should include a statement of the applicant's purpose in applying to the program, a writing sample, and two letters of recommendation. Applicants whose native language is not English and whose B.A. is from a university in which English is not the medium of instruction, must have a minimum TOEFL score of 570 (computer-based TOEFL 230). The GRE is not required.

Admission to classified standing in the program is given on evaluation of several factors in an applicant's education and experience. Of considerable importance are the subjects and range of undergraduate study; emphasis is given to courses in literature, history, languages, philosophy, the arts, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary humanities, but studies in the sciences or social sciences may also be valuable. Other factors bearing on admission may include work experience, personal interests, and proficiency in one of the arts.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: completion of HUM 700 or 721 with a grade of B or better. Level Two: satisfactory completion of master's thesis (HUM 898) or written comprehensive examination (HUM 896).

Advancement to Candidacy

Besides meeting general requirements of the program, students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in order to qualify for advancement to candidacy for the master's degree. Official advancement to candidacy comes about with acceptance of a Graduate Approved Program by the Graduate Division.

With the graduate adviser's approval, most upper division Humanities Department courses may be used to satisfy a portion of the Master of Arts requirements.

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

Core Requirements Units
HUM 700 Introduction to Integrative Study 3
HUM 721 Culture and Style 3
Integrative Study of Cultural Expression
Units selected under advisement from the following (1 course must be non-Western): 6
HUM 710 Seminar in European Forms and Culture  
HUM 711 Seminar in American Forms and Culture
HUM 712 Seminar in African Forms and Culture
HUM 713 Seminar in Asian Forms and Culture
Disciplines of the Humanities
Units selected under advisement from the following: 6
HUM 701 Fine Arts in the Humanities  
HUM 702 Literature in the Humanities
HUM 703 History in the Humanities
HUM 704 Philosophy in the Humanities
Issues in the Humanities
Units selected on advisement: 3-6
HUM 720 Humanistic Themes  
HUM 722 New Models in Humanistic Studies
HUM 723 Contemporary Humanistic Scholarship
Electives
Units selected on advisement with the graduate coordinator and adviser 3-6
Culminating Experience
One of the following: 3
HUM 896
 
Directed Study in Selected Humanistic Works
and Comprehensive Written and Oral Examinations
 
HUM 898
 
Master's Thesis
and Oral Defense
Minimum total 30

Culminating Experience. The candidate must present a proposal for his/her culminating project in writing to a Humanities faculty member to initiate it. In the semester preceding a studentís enrollment in HUM 898, he or she must enroll in HUM 899, Independent Study, with the faculty member who will chair the thesis committee, in order to develop an appropriate thesis topic and bibliography. The chosen culminating experience (896 or 898) should be integral with the candidate's larger M.A. plan and with his/her longer career objective. It will be carried out in the final semester of work for the degree, with the aid of a graduate faculty member acting as chair and first reader; at least one other faculty member will serve with the first reader on the student's M.A. committee and will join as second reader in evaluation of the culminating experience. Both HUM 896 and HUM 898 require an oral defense of the thesis.

Second Language. Reading proficiency in a second language is required. Under exceptional circumstances a candidate may petition to substitute demonstrable proficiency in an auxiliary skill that has a clear relationship to his/her M.A. program.



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