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Department of Humanities | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2020

Humanities

Master of Arts

This master of arts (MA) program is suited to students who wish to pursue specific and advanced cross-disciplinary, text-based research projects. It enables specialization in a period or theme in the context of a strong grounding in the humanistic tradition from ancient Greece to the modern period in different cultures. Structured around three primary thematic modules (classical, medieval and Renaissance thought and culture; Asian thought and culture; and modernity and its discontents) to which courses will be linked, the program will train students to think critically in different disciplines, historic periods, and cultures.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulations 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. Applicants will hold an undergraduate degree with at least a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) in the humanities, or in humanistic disciplines such as classics, history, philosophy, English, and women's studies, or social sciences such as geography, sociology, anthropology, or political science.

Program Requirements

This program consists of courses and a thesis for a minimum of 30 units.

Students must complete

HUM 800 - Theories and Methods in the Humanities (5)

Textual interpretation in the Humanities within the context of interdisciplinary approaches and the five thematic modules: classical and medieval thought and culture, modernity and its discontents, religion and culture, cross-cultural translation, humanities and citizenship.

HUM 801 - Research Development Seminar in the Humanities (5)

Articulation and refinement of research agendas and prospectus and thesis through faculty guidance and group work.

and two of

HUM 802 - Themes in the Humanities (5)

Focuses on one of five following thematic modules: classical and medieval thought and culture, modernity and its discontents, religion and culture, cross-cultural translation, humanities and citizenship.

HUM 805 - Special Topics (5)

An in-depth study of a theme or aspect in the Humanities; topics will vary from offering to offering in order to meet the needs of the graduate cohort.

and a thesis

HUM 803 - MA Thesis (10)

Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements in six terms.

Other Information

Language Requirement

Students will be expected to achieve a reading proficiency in a language other than English.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.