Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Humanities External Degree

College of Arts and Humanities

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Humanities offers broad interdisciplinary exposure to all of the areas of the humanities – including both area studies and traditional disciplinary fields such as history, philosophy, and literature – and the establishment of an integrative perspective among them, with emphasis on their interrelating effects and influences. The degree is offered entirely as a distance program. Courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters for 15 weeks each.


A B.A. or B.S. degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a grade point average of 3.0 is required for acceptance into the M.A. program. Conditional admission with a grade point average of 2.5 may be considered under exceptional circumstances.


The Humanities External Master's Degree program offers a fully accredited degree with no classroom attendance. The master's degree is earned by completing a curriculum of courses designed by CSU Dominguez Hills humanities professors and planning and writing a capstone thesis or project. Students have the option of designing independent studies to be guided by faculty. Some courses offer the opportunity for online instruction and engagement. The Humanities External degree is offered as a special sessions program. Admitted students pay the same per unit fee regardless of their geographic residence.

The Humanities External Master’s Degree program was established in 1974 and has had students residing in all 50 states as well as many foreign countries. For four decades HUX has functioned as a university without walls.