SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES
Undergraduate Counseling: (949) 824-5132
Graduate Counseling: (949) 824-4303
World Wide Web: http://www.humanities.uci.edu/
School Requirements for Undergraduate Students
Foreign Language Placement and Progression
Interdisciplinary Program in African American Studies
Department of Art History
Department of Asian American Studies
Department of Classics
New Major in Latin
Department of Comparative Literature
Graduate Program in Culture and Theory
Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
New Major in Korean
Department of English
Undergraduate Program in European Studies
Department of Film and Media Studies
Department of French and Italian
Department of German
Undergraduate Program in Global Cultures
Department of History
Undergraduate Program in Humanities and Arts
Special Programs: undergraduate major in Humanities; Humanities and Law; Asian Studies; Latin American Studies; Medieval Studies; Academic English/English as a Second Language; Courses in Humanities; Additional Language Courses; Ph.D. with Interdisciplinary Emphasis in Humanities; Ph.D. Emphasis in Critical Theory
Department of Philosophy
Undergraduate Program in Religious Studies
Program in Russian Studies
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Graduate Program in Visual Studies
Interdisciplinary Program in Women's Studies
The School of Humanities comprises three fundamental areas of knowledge: history; literature, film, and the arts; and philosophy. The intellectual activity of departments and programs in the School reflects the discrete concerns of these basic disciplines and intersections among them. By expanding our knowledge in these three areas and developing skills in rhetoric, expository composition, and foreign languages, humanists influence the fundamental techniques of communication used throughout the modern university and our whole society. They analyze and question those techniques and examine the web of cultural beliefs in which they are practiced.
At the core of the educational mission of the humanities is the goal of imparting to students critical tools of analysis, ways of seeing, knowing, explaining, describing, and understanding, that will allow them to comprehend the world around them. Consider some of the challenges that we all face: the pressures created by demographic change, rapid economic expansion, and increased ethnic and cultural diversity; the development of new technological forms, particularly those related to computers and the Internet; and the increasingly complex problem of human interaction with the environment. Equipping students to understand and analyze such phenomena is precisely what a liberal education in the humanities accomplishes. In the words of a "Manifesto for the Humanities," prepared for the President of the University of California, it is humanities that provide "the ability to express oneself clearly and accurately; the skill of critical evaluation, both of ideas and actions; the courage to make choices based on shared values and priorities; the opportunity to conduct an intensive conversation with the traditions, present and past, that help make us who we are, and above all, who we will be; and as a result, the ability to understand and make sense of other people and their cultures." Humanistic inquiry is in no way isolated from the "real world," cordoned off in some ivory tower; rather its central goal is to equip students to enter into that real world as critically thinking citizens.
Because language is the humanist's essential tool and the traditional medium of historical record, philosophical speculation, and literary creation and criticism, the School of Humanities places special emphasis on language and training in composition. The campuswide Writing Program is housed in the School of Humanities, as are our distinguished programs in creative writing and the Program in Academic English/English as a Second Language.
The School of Humanities also offers programs in over a dozen foreign languages, both classical and modern, and requires that its majors take two years or the equivalent of foreign language study. The pursuit of critical literacy involves analyzing and understanding our immediate culture, and one way to do this is through the study of foreign languages and the cultural systems they entail. We rarely scrutinize or analyze something we know as intuitively as our native language, yet it is by means of this language that we organize and express our thoughts. The "foreignness" of a foreign language permits us to objectify an entire linguistic system, to observe its structure and its usage, and then to make comparisons with our own linguistic situation. The knowledge of one's native language, gained by this kind of comparative observation, is the foundation of critical reflection on texts of any nature-historical, philosophical, literary, political, legal, scientific, or other. Serious study of a foreign language is, therefore, crucial to any university education that aims at fostering critical thinking and objective self-reflection. In 2001, the School established the International Center for Writing and Translation, which sponsors research programs that address the importance of "conversations" among languages.
A crucial part of the School's curriculum is the Humanities Core Course, which integrates the study of philosophy, literature, film and the arts, and history along with lower-division writing. Interdisciplinary studies are also an essential feature of the Humanities Honors Program and programs in Film and Media Studies, Comparative Literature, Global Cultures, Religious Studies, and Humanities and Arts. The Department of Asian American Studies and the Interdisciplinary Programs in African American Studies, Latin American Studies, and Women's Studies are also located in the School. With faculties that draw on the Social Sciences as well, these programs are excellent examples of how the Humanities reaches across the boundaries of disciplinary knowledge.
Students majoring in the humanities are particularly well-prepared for careers in all fields in which analysis, judgment, and argument are important. Humanities students have moved into business, the law, education, politics, public policy, academia, and journalism. Employers in all sectors are placing increasing emphasis on the recruitment of college graduates who can write and think. These skills are ultimately more important to many employers than a specific form of technical training, and it is these skills that are imparted most effectively in the School of Humanities. For students who leave the School with a solid grounding in critical analysis, research, and communication, the sky is the limit.
|African American Studies||B.A.|
|Asian American Studies||B.A.|
|Chinese Language and Literature||B.A.|
|Classics||B.A., M.A., Ph.D.|
|Comparative Literature||B.A., M.A., Ph.D.|
|Culture and Theory||M.A., Ph.D.|
|East Asian Cultures||B.A.|
|East Asian Languages and Literatures||M.A., Ph.D.|
|English||B.A., M.A., M.F.A., Ph.D.|
|Film and Media Studies||B.A.|
|French||B.A., M.A., Ph.D.|
|History||B.A., M.A., Ph.D.|
|Humanities and Arts||B.A.|
|Japanese Language and Literature||B.A.|
|Philosophy||B.A., M.A., Ph.D.|
|Spanish||B.A., M.A., Ph.D.|
|Visual Studies||M.A., Ph.D.|
Honors at Graduation
Students are nominated for honors at graduation on the basis of scholarship and special achievements. To be eligible for nomination students must, by the end of the winter quarter of the senior year, file an Application for Graduation and meet the following criteria: (1) achieve a UC grade point average of at least 3.60, (2) complete at least 18 courses (72 units) in residence at a UC campus by the end of the winter quarter of the academic year in which they graduate, and (3) receive strong recommendation from the major department. Eligible students are automatically considered for Honors at Graduation. Other important factors are considered. (See "Honors Recognition" in the Honors Opportunities information in the Division of Undergraduate Education section).
Instructional Building; (949) 824-7445
World Wide Web: http://www.humanities.uci.edu/humanitech
HumaniTech's mission is to work with Humanities faculty and graduate students in the discussion, incorporation, problem solving, and facilitation of technology in their teaching and research. This mission is accomplished through a variety of functions: (1) education and outreach for Humanities faculty through faculty workshops, one-on-one consultations, and group consultations; (2) research, collection, and dissemination of information on intellectual property rights, particularly in digital formats; (3) sponsorship of annual teaching colloquia; (4) sponsorship of annual lecture series on intellectual issues regarding the intersection of humanities and technology; (5) liaison with the Humanities bibliographers in the coordination of both the School's and the Library's efforts to support technologically based instruction and research; (6) liaison with the UC system's online library (CDL, or California Digital Library); and (7) liaison with the various technological arms of the UCI campus, such as NACS (Network and Academic Computing Services), the Instructional Resource Center, and EEE (the Educational Electronic Environment).
Instructional Building; (949) 824-3638
World Wide Web: http://www.humanities.uci.edu/hctr/
Michael Szalay, Director
The Humanities Center fosters intellectual dialogue between the faculty and students of UCI and the communities of Orange County and beyond. Its goals are to promote a wide range of interdisciplinary work in the humanities, and to facilitate the sharing of that work with audiences within and beyond the disciplinary units that it represents. The Center works to fulfill these goals by awarding grants to Humanities faculty and graduate students for research in the humanities; and coordinating and sponsoring lectures, conferences, and other events on campus.
HUMANITIES INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCE CENTER AND COMPUTING FACILITY
The Humanities Instructional Resource Center (HIRC) and the Humanities Computing Facility (HCF) share space in Humanities Hall and provide comprehensive technology support for instruction, research, and faculty and staff development. HIRC and HCF also serve as the center for innovative technology-mediated instruction within the School of Humanities.
HIRC services and facilities include video and audio libraries and audiovisual equipment. HCF includes the computer labs, fee-based laser printing, support for wireless networking in the Humanities quad, and computing consultation. Both facilities provide technology-related research and development assistance for faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students. HCF houses two PC labs, one Macintosh lab, and one drop-in lab (with both Macs and PCs). The facility has more than 100 stations. HCF also provides a wide range of computer services (scanning, document conversion, workshops, and more).
Both HCF and HIRC labs provide a wide variety of instructional resources including, among others, multimedia applications and development stations, foreign language word processing, Web browsing (including support for non-Roman alphabets), and language learning materials. The labs are available to Humanities students, instructors, and staff for class instruction and drop-in purposes.
Additional information may be obtained from the HIRC Web site at http://www.humanities.uci.edu/hirc, or the HCF Computer Consulting Office, 217 Humanities Hall, telephone (949) 824-7609, or the HIRC main offices, 269 Humanities Hall, telephone (949) 824-6344.
HUMANITIES OUT THERE (H.O.T.) PROGRAM
Instructional Building; (949) 824-9735
Kenneth Pomeranz, Director
H.O.T. is an outreach program between UCI's School of Humanities and local schools. The program consists of a series of five-week workshops on selected topics in the humanities. Each quarter, there are roughly 15 workshops on topics such as U.S. Literature, World Literature, U.S. History, and World History. Each workshop sends out a team of five or more undergraduates to a K-12 classroom, supervised by faculty and advanced graduate students in the humanities.
Requirements for undergraduates include: attending at least five training sessions at UCI; attending at least five tutoring sessions at a local school; a number of electronic journal entries; and a three- to five-page paper with an academic focus. Undergraduates can earn two or four units of H.O.T. credit each quarter through Humanities 195.
INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR WRITING AND TRANSLATION
World Wide Web: http://www.hnet.uci.edu/icwt
Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Director
Established in 2001, the International Center for Writing and Translation (ICWT) in the UCI School of Humanities fosters writing, translation, and criticism in multilingual and international contexts. It links existing faculty research interests in cultural literacy to general discussions about linguistic and cultural issues relevant to the diverse, multiethnic, and multilingual student population at UCI and the population of California more generally. The Center's programs are premised on the principle that knowledge is a result of reciprocal contact and linkages based on equality and respect. In this model, The Center is dedicated to highlighting and supporting literary works, languages, performance, and oral traditions of cultures that span the globe.
The following goals are integral to the general mission of the Center: (1) supporting writers working in various languages and diverse genres, including creative nonfiction, through grants and fellowships; (2) fostering research and discussion of the theory, practice, aesthetics, and politics of translation, broadly conceived; (3) supporting translations of work of literary merit; (4) sponsoring conferences, workshops, and public fora
on writing and translation, as well as reading and performances; and (5) supporting activities of UCI faculty, students, and the surrounding community involving the far-reaching themes of cultural and media literacy and cross cultural transposition.
DR. SAMUEL M. JORDAN CENTER FOR PERSIAN STUDIES AND CULTURE
Place; (949) 824-1662
World Wide Web: http://www.humanities.uci.edu/persianstudies/
Nasrin Rahimieh, Director
The Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture serves as a resource for the research, instruction, and study of Persian history and culture. The Center was made possible through the generosity of Dr. Fariborz Maseeh and The Massiah Foundation.
HUMANITIES UNDERGRADUATE STUDY
Instructional Building; (949) 824-5132
World Wide Web: http://www.humanities.uci.edu/undergrad/
Jill Robbins, Associate Dean
In addition to 23 majors and 30 minors, the School also offers a formal concentration in Medieval Studies and courses in Arabic, Hebrew, Italian, Persian, Portuguese, Tagalog, and Russian.
The academic counselors in the Humanities Undergraduate Counseling Office, located in 143 Humanities Instructional Building, help all students in planning a program of study. Transfer students in particular need to consult an academic counselor to determine major requirements. Students who expect to pursue graduate study also should consult with appropriate faculty members to ensure proper preparation.
The academic counselors assist freshmen and sophomores who are interested in the humanities but who have not chosen a major in the School. They are especially knowledgeable about University regulations, requirements in and outside the School, course content, options to major, and other matters that may present difficulties. For the first two years, students in Humanities are encouraged to explore the various disciplines represented in the School. During that time the academic counselors are prepared to help the undeclared student keep options to a major open, plan a coherent program of humanistic study, and reach an eventual decision about the major.
Generally each major stipulates a one-year course that is both an introduction to the discipline and a prerequisite to the major itself. Students who plan wisely will construct programs that include a good number of such courses.
NOTE: In many undergraduate courses in the School of Humanities, additional meetings between individual students and the instructor may be required. Many courses are composed of both lectures and required discussion sessions.
Undergraduate students in the School of Humanities participate in the affairs of the School in a number of ways: by serving on committees in various departments, by sitting with the faculty in its meetings, by participating as mentors for new Humanities majors, and by working as peer academic advisors in the Undergraduate Counseling Office.
Humanities Peer Mentor Program
The Humanities Peer Mentor Program is designed to address some of the academic, cultural, and social needs of disadvantaged students in the School of Humanities. The program features two-tiered mentoring, with successful upper-division students mentoring small groups of new students, and the student mentors in turn working with faculty and staff. Another focus of the program is to encourage and assist student mentors to go on to graduate school.
Participants attend workshops on topics such as study skills, library research, time management, and careers, as well as take part in a variety of social events, and keep journals in which they express their ideas and raise issues for their mentors. Call (949) 824-5132 for additional information.
HUMANITIES HONORS PROGRAM
Instructional Building; (949) 824-5132
Victoria A. Silver, Director
The Honors Program of the School of Humanities is a two-year, upper-division program designed to challenge superior students from all fields by providing special opportunities for interdisciplinary work within an intellectually charged framework. Small seminars and the opportunity for independent research are some of the advantages offered by the program, which is open by invitation to all UCI students regardless of their majors.
Students in the program benefit from their involvement in the campus community of Humanities scholars. They enjoy a close relationship with the faculty and profit from intense interaction with their intellectual peers. A comprehensive advising program involving Honors faculty advisors as well as specially trained Honors peer advisors ensures that Humanities Honors students continually receive timely, individualized advice about their academic careers. Formal as well as informal gatherings, including student-organized social activities ranging from coffee hours to theater parties, augment a wide range of campus activities. Humanities Honors students have the opportunity to become some of the campus's best informed scholars on a broad range of topics: from artificial intelligence to medical ethics, from Shakespeare to Gilbert and Sullivan, from problems of the ancient Near East to the dilemmas of modernity.
Humanities Honors students complete a two-part course of study. In their junior year, students take three quarters of an interdisciplinary Proseminar (Humanities H120) organized about a single topic or problem, such as crime and punishment, the other, the development of religion in the West, the self, nature, or the American dream. The sequence is designed to compare and contrast modes of analysis and critical thinking in history, literary studies, and philosophy. In a small seminar setting, students are encouraged to become reflective about their own chosen disciplines.
In their senior year, students take a sequence beginning in the fall with a Senior Honors Seminar (Humanities H140), and continuing in the winter and spring with the Senior Honors Thesis (Humanities H141) and the Senior Honors Colloquium (H142), prepared as an independent research project under the direction of a faculty member on a topic chosen by the student. Students present their theses in an informal gathering with their faculty advisors in the spring, and a prize is awarded for the year's outstanding thesis.
In both sequences the Honors students benefit from their close association with exceptional scholars and the challenge and support of their intellectual peers.
Students interested in learning how the Humanities Honors Program will fit into their regular courses of study are encouraged to contact the Senior Academic Counselor in Humanities; telephone (949) 824-5132.
CAMPUSWIDE HONORS PROGRAM
The Campuswide Honors Program is available to selected high-achieving students from all academic majors from their freshman through senior years. For more information contact the Campuswide Honors Program, 1200 Student Services II; telephone (949) 824-5461; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; World Wide Web: http://www. honors.uci.edu/.
HUMANITIES INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Instructional Building; (949) 824-1392
World Wide Web: http://www.humanities.uci.edu/intern/
Jill Robbins, Director
The Humanities Internship Program is designed to bring highly qualified Humanities majors together with public sector employers and nonprofit companies in the Orange County area who are looking for employees with excellent skills in writing and communication. Local employers who participate in the program believe that Humanities students' education in critical thinking, writing, communication, and analysis equip them to be successful employees in their firms.
Interns are placed for the academic year and preceding summer, working 10-15 hours a week for hourly salaries of $10. (No course credit is earned.) Employers offer committed supervisors to student interns, and interns are involved in a meaningful aspect of the firm's ongoing business. The internship relationship can become the basis for long-term employment with the firm.
Interns participate in quarterly meetings with a program coordinator at UCI to discuss their work experiences and benefit from one another's insights. At the end of each quarter of the internship, the student provides an assessment of the experience. The program coordinator also conducts on-site visits with the interns and their supervisors.
The Internship Program is open to all Humanities majors who are in good academic standing and will have completed at least two quarters of academic work at UCI as a Humanities major by the end of the quarter in which they are selected for the program. Only students who will have completed the Humanities Core Course (or the Core Course substitution) by the end of that quarter will be eligible.
Applications are available online and in the Humanities Undergraduate Study Office, 143 Humanities Instructional Building, in mid- to late-winter quarter. The deadline for submission of all application materials is early April.
CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
The Center for International Education, which includes the Education Abroad Program (EAP) and the International Opportunities Program (IOP), assists students in taking advantage of the many worldwide opportunities that exist for study, work, internship, volunteering, and research. School of Humanities majors and minors can benefit from a broader perspective of their fields by studying for one year at a university in such countries as China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, or the United Kingdom through EAP. Students can also augment their exposure to other cultures with programs sponsored through IOP. See the Center for International Education section of the Catalogue or an academic counselor for additional information.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE PLACEMENT AND PROGRESSION
The following policies apply to all UCI students taking foreign language courses.
Foreign Language Progression. Within the beginning and intermediate foreign language instructional sequences (1A-B-C and 2A-B-C, and for Latin and Greek, 1A-B-C and 100A or 100B), students must earn a grade of C or better in order to advance to the next level of instruction, unless an exception is permitted by the Dean of Humanities.
Foreign Language Placement. Placement tests are required for the following languages: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish (for students with no previous college course work), and Vietnamese. Contact the UCI Academic Testing Center for information; telephone (949) 824-6207; e-mail: email@example.com; World Wide Web: http://www.testingoffice.uci.edu/. Placement tests are recommended but not required for German and French language courses. The purpose of placement testing is to ensure success in UCI language courses.
For other foreign languages, students entering UCI with previous high school foreign language training are placed as follows: in general, one year of high school work is equated with one quarter of UCI work. Thus, students with one, two, three, or four years of high school foreign language will normally enroll in 1B-, 1C-, 2A-, or 2B-level language courses, respectively. Students who opt to "go back" one quarter will earn credit (i.e., a student with three years of high school foreign language may opt to take 1C instead of 2A). If it has been five or more years since the last high school course, the student may begin at 1A for credit. Exceptions must have the approval of the appropriate course director and the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Study. Transfer students will not receive credit for repeating at UCI foreign language courses for which they received credit upon matriculation to UCI even if they are placed by testing into the equivalent of a previously taken course.
Of specific note for Humanities majors, once a student begins instruction in a foreign language all required levels of language must be taken for a letter grade unless an exception is granted by the Dean of Humanities.
Foreign Language Advanced Placement Credit. Students cannot earn units or grade points at UCI in courses from which they have been exempted on the basis of Advanced Placement credit. However, since Advanced Placement awards a maximum of 8 units for scores of 4 and 5, students may elect to take 2C or the equivalent for credit.
Native Speakers of Languages Other Than English. A native speaker of a foreign language, defined by the University as someone who attended the equivalent of secondary school in another country where the language of instruction was other than English, may be exempted from taking third-year language study in that language for some majors offered by the School of Humanities. In this case, the student must substitute appropriate upper-division courses in the major to replace the number of exempted courses. For example, if a native speaker of French is exempted from French 100A and 100B, that student must replace those two courses with two other upper-division French courses offered by the Department of French and Italian.
Repeating Deficient Foreign Language Grades. First- and second-year foreign language courses and third-year foreign language composition courses are sequential and each is prerequisite to the next. This is generally true also of fourth-year Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Students wishing to repeat a deficient grade in one of these courses must repeat it prior to continuing on to the next level of the language. A student may not take a lower-level course for credit once a more advanced level has been completed with a passing grade.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR'S DEGREE
University Requirements: See pages 57-62.
Satisfactory completion of Humanities 1A-1B-1C taken for letter grades in the freshman year*. College-level course work equivalent to UCI's sixth quarter of study (usually equivalent to 2C) in an acceptable foreign language, either modern or classical, taken for a letter grade and passed with a grade of C or better, or equivalent competence. NOTE: Language courses taken preceding the sixth quarter course must be taken for a letter grade.
Quarterly consultation with a faculty advisor is recommended.
*Transfer students in all majors in the School of Humanities may substitute for the Humanities Core Course appropriate course work in English composition, literature, history, and philosophy, as described on the School of Humanities Web site at http://www.humanities.uci.edu/undergrad/requirements/core_alt.html. No overlap is permitted between the Humanities Core Course substitution and a student's departmental/major requirements.
Maximum Overlap Between Major Requirements: Students completing double majors within the School of Humanities may count no more than two departmental/major requirements for both majors simultaneously (i.e., a double major in Comparative Literature and Spanish can count only two upper-division Spanish literature courses for both majors).
Maximum Overlap Between Major and Minor Requirements: Students completing majors and minors within the School of Humanities may count no more than two departmental/major requirements for both a major and a minor. No course may be counted for two minors.
Normal Progress in the Major: School of Humanities majors are expected to take at least one course required for their major program each quarter as well as make progress toward the completion of the School's foreign language requirement.
School Residence Requirement: At least five upper-division courses required for each major must be completed successfully at UCI. Completion of a minor program is optional; however, for certification in a minor, at least four upper-division courses required for the minor must be completed successfully at UCI. See individual major and minor requirements for specific courses and how participation in the Education Abroad Program (EAP) can affect the residence requirement. Exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis and decided in consultation with the appropriate department or faculty member.
Off-campus Internship Policy. In most cases, Humanities students are not allowed to earn credit for off-campus internships. However, if a department or program determines that the internship is academically appropriate and promotes the student's academic goals, the student may take the internship as Independent Study and credit will be given.
A maximum of four units total may be earned for internships; however, the units may not be counted toward the student's major requirements. (No credit is given for paid internships, such as those offered through the Humanities Internship Program.) The sponsoring department or program and the instructor will in all cases require a substantial academic product, such as a paper, growing out of the internship.
A student who wishes to seek approval for an unpaid off-campus internship and earn course credit must file an Independent Study form with the Humanities Undergraduate Study Office prior to beginning the internship.
Change of Major. Students who wish to change their major to one offered by the School of Humanities should contact the Humanities Undergraduate Counseling Office for information about change-of-major requirements, procedures, and policies. Information is also available at http://www.due.uci.edu/Change_of_Major.html.
HUMANITIES GRADUATE STUDY AND RESEARCH
Instructional Building; (949) 824-4303
Cécile Whiting, Associate Dean
The School offers a wide program of graduate degrees. Although the Master's degree is offered in most departments, the programs emphasize the Ph.D. and give distinct preference in admission to those students who intend to take that degree. An exception is the two-year Master of Fine Arts in English (Creative Writing). In addition to the seminars offered by the various departments, the School sponsors a number of interdisciplinary seminars annually. These courses are taught by faculty members from various departments. Further, several departments offer a few students the opportunity to do part of their work for the Ph.D. in a related discipline.
A limited number of students are accepted annually to study for teaching credentials. This program is a cooperative effort between the School and the UCI Department of Education.
Graduate students in the School of Humanities participate in the affairs of the School by serving on committees of the various departments and sitting with the faculty in its meetings.