The Critical Studies Concentration (CCS) allows MFA and MA students to earn a mark of distinction demonstrating their dedication to the history, theory and criticism of various humanities subjects. Formed by the successful completion of (15) fifteen credits (or five, 3-credit courses) of graduate-level work in courses included on the lists below and distributed as follows: at least one course in each of three categories:
Alternatively, a student may complete twelve credits (or four, 3-credit courses) of graduate-level work in courses included on the lists below with at least one course in each of the three categories as well as a written capstone project approved by the MACS director and deemed to be professional, scholarly work (an article, a conference paper, etc.).
- Deepen your knowledge in a wide range of fields in an interdisciplinary fashion
- Build and sharpen your research and writing skills equipping you to work at a professional scholarly level.
- Develop publishable or professional-level work (symposia, blogs, etc.) as a means of expanding your creative and scholarly portfolio
- Train in seeing through professional documents (scholarly essay, creative writing, artist's statement, et al.) from planning through completion
- Conduct graduate-level research in humanities subjects
- Master an area or period of critical theory at the graduate level
Students interested in completing the Concentration in Critical Studies (CCS) must meet with the director of the Critical Studies, MA program to review and approve your curricular plans, review courses not listed on this page, and complete a Degree Plan Audit Worksheet listing the courses to be pursued and locating where coursework falls within the three categories of study outlined below.
Requirements for the Graduate Concentration in Critical Studies
Alternate Academic Criteria
- Professional internships held at local cultural institutions may, with approval from the MACS director, count toward this concentration, most likely under Category A or C, as determined by the MACS director.
- Any 300- or 400-level liberal arts course must be reviewed and approved by the director of MACS to ensure additional graduate-level work is completed.
- Given that the graduate curriculum is constantly changing and evolving, students may also complete a combination of 1- and 2-credit courses or workshops toward the completion of the concentration with the approval of the MACS director.
- In order to determine if a course not listed above can be counted toward the concentration requirements, the student must consult with the current director of the MACS program.
Eligibility and Progress to Completion
- All graduate students admitted to MA and MFA programs are eligible to participate in this concentration.
- Credits already completed toward the degree may be counted toward this concentration, whether central to a specific degree program or as elective credit. The courses counted toward the concentration, however, must all be approved by the director of the MA in Critical Studies program, i.e., the designated supervisor of this concentration.
- Students must pass each class counted toward the concentration; if taking an advanced undergraduate course, this means earning a "B" or better grade for each course.
- This concentration does not specify residency, i.e., if distance/online courses are deemed appropriate for the concentration, then those courses completed at a distance/online may count toward it. Right now, there are no current classes included on the three area lists of the concentration, though we expect this to change in time.
- Credits may be transferred in toward the requirements of the concentration only with the approval of the current director of the MA in Critical Studies program.
- Final granting of the concentration requires the signed approval of the MA in Critical Studies director, who will review the transcript of the degree candidate.
This page was last updated on 08/24/2016.