Academic Catalog 2024-2025

Arts and Humanities, Master of Arts

Admission Requirements

  1. To be admitted into the program a student must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college, as well as a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) of upper division course work attempted (not including extension units).
  2. A Supplemental Application, available from the Humanities Office, must be completed.
  3. Although there are no specific course prerequisites for admission to the program, a student will be required to take undergraduate preparatory courses if the educational background in the humanities is insufficient.
  4. A letter of recommendation will be required.

Progress Towards The Degree

After nine units of graduate humanities courses are taken (500 level) with a grade average of "B" or better, and the Diagnostic essay Exercise has been passed, the student is given classified standing. After all requirements for the degree except the thesis/final project have been met, the student is given the status of advancement to candidacy. The degree is awarded after all requirements have been met, a grade point average of 3.0 or better has been maintained, and the final project/thesis has been completed and approved by the thesis committee and the Graduate Studies Office.


This program provides the opportunity to study humanities topics in depth at an advanced level. Each course meets one evening per week, and is conducted in a seminar setting with active student participation and discussion. Although the emphasis is upon combining the disciplines around topics, there is an opportunity to focus upon a single discipline seminar, electives, independent study, and the final project or thesis.