College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Modern and Classical Languages > World Cultures and Literatures, MA
Areas of Concentration
- European Cultural Studies with French, German or Italian Core
- Latin American and Latino Cultural Studies
- Comparative Literary and/or Cultural Studies
The M A in World Cultures and Literatures is an innovative, interdisciplinary graduate program with strong cultural studies focus and in-depth study in one of the target languages and/or cultures. With an emphasis on languages, literatures and cultures, the WCL MA program involves a wide range of possible directions as it seeks to meet individual student’s academic and career interests and needs. The program addresses issues such as modernity, postmodernity, globalization, colonialism and postcolonialism, transnational and transcultural concerns, urban and diasporic studies, and the formation of cultural identities. It incorporates literary, film, visual, media, and gender studies. Students in language core areas acquire high proficiency in the target language, translation skills, and, in some areas of concentration, training in applied linguistics and second language teaching.
Our faculty , dedicated scholars and teachers drawn from the Chinese, Classical Studies, French, German, Italian, and World Cultures and Literatures programs of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages as well as from other disciplines and departments, provide students with diverse perspectives and approaches relevant to the study of cultures and languages in multiple contexts. Instruction is student-centered, engaging, and encourages faculty-mentored individual and collaborative research. We are committed to excellence in scholarship, student success, and cultural diversity.
The MA in World Cultures and Literatures prepares and qualifies students for a wide range of career areas or for doctoral studies in given languages. In a rapidly changing job market, there is a growing demand for people with an understanding of historical and global contexts who can think across cultures and disciplines, imaginatively frame questions and consider multiple perspectives, combine various approaches and find innovative solutions. The WCL MA contributes to the University of Houston’s mission of preparing students for an increasingly diverse and interdependent world and accommodates the educational needs of:
- BA recipients who want to go on to a more advanced language training in a terminal MA program;
- BA recipients who wish to complete an MA as a bridge program to prepare them for doctoral study at other universities;
- Working professionals, including foreign language teachers, who wish to continue their education in foreign languages and cultures.
A minimum of 30 hours is required for the WCL MA, all at the 6000-level or above. Students may elect to write a thesis, complete a translation project in literary/cultural studies, or develop an editing project; if they do so, a maximum of 6 hours of thesis credit may be added on to their requirement. In alternative, students may elect the non-thesis option: they will submit to the director of graduate studies, by the middle of their final semester, a copy (in English translation if the paper was originally written in another language) of a seminar paper they judge to be their best. The paper should be revised and expanded in light of further consultation with the professor in the seminar and the director of graduate studies. Students will receive no credit for the non-thesis option. Before entering the MA Program, students should decide on a concentration they wish to pursue. Careful advising of individual students will ensure that students build a curriculum that supports their academic and career goals. However, the program is so designed that students may change directions with little or no need for extra courses. The course choices currently include 6000 level courses in MCL and other departments. Courses at the 8000 level require the permission of the instructor.
At least 18 of the hours must be in residence either at UH or at UH/MCL affiliated Study Abroad programs.
A minimum 3.0 grade point average for all courses in the MA Program is required.
Required Coursework (Total of 30 hours without thesis):
- WCL 6351 - Frames of Modernity Credit Hours: 3.0
- WCL 6352 - Postmodernity & Globalization Credit Hours: 3.0 or
- WCL 6353 - Frames of Modernity III: Classics and Modernity Credit Hours: 3.0
- 3 hrs. in 6000-level history course related to target culture / area of concentration
- 15 hrs. in 6000-level language, linguistics or literature courses related to area of concentration
- 6 hrs. electives in courses related to area of concentration in literary theory, philosophy, cultural studies, pedagogy, etc. offered by MCL or another program and approved by director, including practice teaching, internship, study abroad and publications skills preparation as WCL’s special elective
* Students with credit for WCL 4351, WCL 4352 or WCL 4353 may not take the corresponding graduate level Frames course
English, proficiency in core concentration / target language, and reading knowledge of a language other than English and the core concentration/target language. If not demonstrated by either
- Satisfactory scores on the Graduate School Foreign Language Tests (GSFLT), or
- Completion of four semesters of undergraduate coursework in that language reading knowledge in the third language can be satisfied while enrolled in the graduate program through completion of two semesters of graduate reading courses in the language with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher.
Areas of Concentration & Specific Requirements
European Cultural Studies with French, German or Italian Core:
- 3 hrs. in European history
- 15 hrs. in French, German, or Italian cultural and literary studies including at least 6 hrs. in one target language (primary area of concentration)
- 6 hrs. in theory , cultural studies, film / visual studies, translation studies, architectural or art history, philosophy, pedagogy , publishing skills, or other courses outside of but related to the student’s core emphasis
Latin American and Latino Cultural Studies:
- 3 hours in Latin American history
- 15 hours in Latin American and Latino cultural and literary studies courses
- 6 hours in theory, cultural studies, film/visual studies, translation studies, architectural or art history, philosophy, pedagogy, publishing skills, or other courses outside of but related to the student’s core emphasis.
Comparative Literary and/or Cultural Studies:
- 3 hrs. in history related to student’s primary area of concentration
- 9 hrs. of literature/culture courses in language related to student’s primary area of concentration
- 6 hrs. of literature/culture courses in secondary area of concentration
Possible Core Areas:
a specific national or regional literature, gender and cultural/literary studies, race and cultural/literary studies, visual arts and literary studies, performance (music, film, theater studies), post-colonial studies, or other concentration approved by program director.