Bulletin--Humanities Program

Humanities


College of Humanities
Dean: Nancy McDermid

Department of Humanities
HUM 410
415-338-1830
Chair: Ruth Knier

Graduate Coordinator: Arturo Arias

Faculty
Professors—Arias, Birt, Chandler, Knier, Leonard, Luft, Lunine, Nathan

Associate Professors—Steier

Assistant Professors—Abe, Scott

Lecturers—Delehanty, Drescher, Green, Sammons

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. Social conduct, values, and artistic insights reflecting many human communities are studied in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Humanities majors develop 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 (library work, foreign teaching or career service, journalism, museum work, etc.) may well be taken in conjunction with the major or the minor in Humanities. Students earning the B.A. in Humanities may qualify themselves for high school teaching credentials in English or History through special advising and supplemental course work. Those earning the M.A. in Humanities are qualified to seek the Community College Instructor Credential.

For the B.A. in Humanities, students must complete a core of four courses in basic methods of understanding culture through the humanities, and then choose combinations of courses in European, American, Latin American, Asian, and Cross-Cultural Studies; 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 certain Ph.D. programs, and teaching credentials in areas in which the master's degree is required.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN HUMANITIES

Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Humanities discipline in the Announcement of Courses section).

The department's lower division General Education courses (HUM 130, 220, 225, and 250) or other lower division courses concerned with ideas, social conditions, and art forms are recommended for students planning to major or minor in Humanities. Study or practical experience toward mastery of a foreign language is strongly recommended along with the major or minor.

Core						Units
HUM 300	Ideas and Traditions in the Humanities	 3
HUM 305	The Non-Verbal Humanities		 3
HUM 310	Styles of Cultural Expression		 3
HUM 325	The Practice of Criticism		 3
European Cultural Studies
Six units selected from the following or 
approved alternate courses:			 6
	HUM 350, 365 (European great figures), 
	375 (European cities), 410, 415, 420, 
	421, 430, 440, 445, 455, 460, 465
American Culture Studies
Six units selected from the following or 
approved alternate courses:			 6
	HUM 365 (American great figures), 375 
	(American cities), 376, 455, 470, 475, 
	478, 480, 481, 485, 490, 495
Asian Culture Studies
Six units selected from the following or 
approved alternate courses:			 6
	HUM 365 (Asian great figures), 375 
	(Asian cities), 525, 530, 535, 540
Cross-Cultural Studies
Six units selected from the following or 
approved alternate courses:			 6
	HUM 320, 335, 345, 356, 360, 380, 385, 
	465, 510, 515, 520, 560
Additional Courses
Units selected from one of the above culture-
study areas, or approved alternate courses	 6
		Total units for the major	42
NOTE: Up to three appropriate courses (nine units) in related departments or programs may be substituted for departmental course work in the culture-study areas.

MINOR IN HUMANITIES

						Units
HUM 300	Ideas and Traditions in the Humanities	 3
HUM 305	The Non-Verbal Humanities		 3
HUM 310	Styles of Cultural Expression		 3
HUM 325	The Arts of Criticism			 3
Three courses chosen with an adviser's aid in 
one or more of the culture-study areas: European, 
American, Asian, and Cross-Cultural. One of 
these (up to three units) may be taken outside 
the department					 9
		Total units in the minor	21

MASTER OF ARTS IN HUMANITIES

Admission to the Program
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, 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: satisfactory score on Graduate Essay Test. Level Two: satisfactory completion of master's thesis or written comprehensive or final research paper.

Approval of Student Program
In consultation with the graduate coordinator or other members of the department's graduate faculty, each student should prepare a plan for completion of degree work by the beginning of his/her second semester. It will outline all M.A. course work, and describe the culminating experience and special skill to be carried out for the degree. This plan will be the basis of the Graduate Approved Program submitted to the Graduate Division on the student's behalf, with the approval of the graduate adviser and coordinator.

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.

Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Humanities discipline in the Announcement of Courses section). 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.

Core Requirements				Units
HUM 700	Introduction to Integrative Study	  3
HUM 721	Culture and Style			  3
Units selected from the following in the inte-
grative study of cultural expression, on 
advisement (one 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 895	Field Project and Oral Defense
	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 chosen culminating experience (895, 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 sponsor and tutor; at least two other faculty members will serve with the sponsor on the student's M.A. committee and will join in evaluation of the culminating experience. The candidate must present a proposal for his/her culminating project in writing to a sponsor/tutor to initiate it.

Foreign Language
Reading proficiency in a foreign 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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