Program & Course Descriptions

About the Global Humanities Program

Study in the Global Humanities Program delivers to graduate students the means to achieve a broad and sophisticated understanding of human culture throughout history and around the globe, primarily through seminar work and opportunities for workshops, encounters with visiting scholars, and internships.

In completing the 36-unit program of the master’s degree in Global Humanities, students will develop skills of critical thinking, analysis, research, and both written and verbal skills through seminar discussions, reading, presentations, research papers, digital communications, and thesis and internship options.

Seminars combine theory and practice, providing students with the critical and analytical tools that enable us to address “real world” problems, in readings, discussion, and projects.  Seminars may be supplemented by internship and practicum opportunities. The program also sponsors regular informal seminars and lectures, which will address topics and issues central to the global humanities, open to all global humanities faculty and students. 

Course Descriptions

The following graduate-level courses are offered in Global Humanities. Graduate-level courses are numbered 500-899. Information about course offerings and programs of study is published online and in print each year in the Graduate Catalog  

Introductory Seminar

HUMA 600 INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE STUDIES IN GLOBAL HUMANITIES (3.00 units)
Graduate Seminar introducing students to the methods of inquiry relevant to the study of human arts and culture.

Interdisciplinary Thematic Seminars

HUMA 610 WAR (3.00 units)
Graduate Seminar examining various manifestations and effects of war upon human life, human rights, and human culture.

PRWR 611 RHETORIC: THE PURSUIT OF ELOQUENCE (3.00 units)
Concepts of rhetoric, from classical to contemporary, which have shaped persuasive and expository writing. Not open to student who have successfully completed PRWR or WRIT 611. Prerequisites: Two 600 level writing courses or consent of instructor.

HUMA 612 ENVIROHUMANITIES (3.00 units)
Graduate seminar addressing the intersection of the humanities and the environment in a range of disciplines, including geographic, literary, artistic, architectural, and historic perspectives.

HUMA 613 DISEASE, LIFE, AND DEATH (3.00 units)
Graduate seminar discussing global views and perceptions of disease, life, and death.

HUMA 614 TRANSLATION (3.00 units)
Study of the theory and practice of translation; survey of the history of translation; comparison of translations of World Literature texts. No foreign language proficiency required.

HUMA 615 POWER (3.00 units)
Graduate seminar interrogating global perceptions, views, instances, implications, and implementations of power.

HUMA 616 THE HUMAN (3.00 units)
Analysis of changing concepts on the nature of being human through a reading of classical, medieval, Renaissance and modern text. Prerequisite: bachelor's degree.

Topics Seminars

HUMA 602 LITERATURE OF EMPIRE (3.00 units)
Analysis of imperial literature in classical, medieval, Renaissance and modern times. Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree.

HUMA 604 LOVE IN LITERATURE (3.00 units)
Study of love in Western literature in classical, medieval, Renaissance, and modern texts. Prerequisites: Bachelor's Degree.

HUMA 606 LIT: THE SYMPOSIUM (3.00 units)
Analysis of texts of the ancient, medieval, Renaissance and modern eras, which explore issues through fictionalized, civil conversation. Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree.

HUMA 631 HISTORY OF HISTORICAL THOUGHT (3.00 units)
Philosophies of History from ancient to modern. Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree.

HUMA 632 VISIONS OF HISTORY AND OF HUMAN NATURE (3.00 units)
Visions and themes of history in ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and modern texts. Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree.

HUMA 634 THE TRAVELER IN HISTORY (3.00 units)
Analysis of travel accounts and their role in Western intellectual debates about natural and cultural diversity. Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree.

HUMA 750 MASTER AUTHORS (3.00 units)
Study of a classic author of history, fine arts, literature, philosophy, religion or rhetoric. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

HUMA 751 MASTERWORKS SEMINAR (3.00 units)
Intensive study of a classic book of history, fine arts, literature, philosophy, politics, religion or rhetoric. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree.

HUMA 752 MASTER THEMES SEMINAR (3.00 units)
Study of a major theme of Western Civilization in fine arts, history, literature, philosophy, religion, or rhetoric. May be repeated under a different subtitle. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisites: bachelor's degree.

HUMA 897 HUMANITIES THESIS (6.00 units)
Mentored and defended monograph in one of the following disciplines: art history, history, literature, philosophy, religion, or rhetoric. Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree, approval of the director, and successful proposal review. Open only to enrolled graduate students in Humanities.

HUMA 898 HUMANITIES THESIS (3.00 units)
Mentored and defended monograph in one of the following disciplines: art history, history, literature, philosophy, religion, or rhetoric. Prerequisites: Bachelors degree, approval of the director, and successful proposal review.

HUMA 899 THESIS CONTINUUM (1.00 units)
Thesis Continuum.