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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2018

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 two primary thematic modules (classical, medieval and Renaissance thought and culture; 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 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. Applicants will also have to meet the standard requirements for admission to a Simon Fraser University master's program.

Admission decisions will be based on material that is submitted with the application.

Language Requirement

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

Program Requirements

Successful applicants will enter the program in the fall term. With a sequenced combination of four courses and thesis, students will complete the degree in 24 months.

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.

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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.

Thesis

Students complete a thesis that is defended at an oral examination as described in 1.9 and 1.10 of the graduate general regulations. The thesis proposal must be approved by both the supervisory committee and the graduate committee.