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Humansitic Studies at MICA provides students with the critical thinking, analytical, and research skills they need for lifelong learning. Coursework in this area has been carefully crafted to complement, deepen, and enrich the studio practice of each MICA student, and also allows them to develop a conceptual and critical framework for inquiry about art and design.

All students at MICA encounter the Humanistic Studies department as part of their degree plans. First year students all take HMST 101 Critical Inquiry, and students may also be placed into Academic Writing Workshops to support the development of their college-level writing and research abilities. For more information on the core requirements, please refer to the Humansitic Studies core curriculum page.

Students may choose an integrated major in Humanistic Studies and a Studio practice. Integrated Humansitic Studies majors have three required courses (HMST 220 On Being Human and Senior Thesis I and II) in addition to seven Humansitic Studies electives and two liberal arts electives. Depending on the choice of the student, the degree plan also has required and elective courses for the specific studio practice. Students write and present a senior thesis in Humansitic Studies. For more information, please go to the Integrated Humansitic Studies curriculum page.

MICA also offers a minors program with five fields of study: literary studies, creative writing, gender studies, culture and politics, and critical theory. Minors work with an advisor to craft a course of study that includes the core curriculum as well as two additional Humanistic Studies electives. Additionally, minors work independently with a mentor to craft a thesis on their specific field of study. For more information on each of the five minors, please go to the specific Minors page.