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Graduate Programs

With the world growing smaller daily, people need to be able to stretch its boundaries. With more than 20 courses of graduate study, the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences seeks, welcomes, nurtures those students and allows them to explore a wide variety of fields.

We invite you to explore the various programs of study and to click through to the department pages to meet the faculty members and learn more about their fields of study.

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  • Anthropology — M.A., M.S., Ph.D.
    Offering M.A., M.S. and Ph.D. programs, research focuses on how people live in a variety of settings and adapt to the processes of change and transformation, both historically and today. Upon completion, students will be able to engage in research, teaching, policy-related and/or administrative activities. Offered by the Department of Anthropology.
  • Art History — M.A.
    Students pursue an M.A. in the history of Western and non-Western art from ancient to contemporary times, including the history of photography, emphasizing the interpretation of art in its historical and cultural contexts. Students take courses in both Western and non-Western areas. Offered by the Department of the History of Art.
  • Art, Visual — M.F.A.
    The program's core lies in independent creative work done in consultation with faculty. Students can work in any medium. UCR has facilities for photography, painting, video, digital media and sculpture. Individual graduate studios are provided. Offered by the Department of Art.
  • Designated Emphasis (DE) in Book, Archive and Manuscript Studies — Ph.D.
    The Ph.D. Designated Emphasis (DE) in Book, Archive and Manuscript Studies explores the past, present, and future of the forms in which knowledge has been, is, and will be shaped and transmitted. It studies the history of these forms from manuscripts to e-books and beyond, and it combines practical instruction on book making with research into print culture, textual production and circulation, archival management and theory, and the political economy of publishing. For more information, please visit bam.ucr.edu.
  • Classics — Tri-Campus Program — Ph.D.
    The Ph.D. program is offered jointly with UC Irvine, UC Riverside and UC San Diego. Instruction takes place on the UC Irvine campus. It features an innovative curriculum and program of study that addresses the practical and theoretical questions confronting the humanities and classics in particular, as both enter the twenty-first century. Offered at UC Riverside by the Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages.
  • Comparative Literature — M.A., Ph.D.
    The program is based on the comparative studies of world literatures and cultures. Students are admitted into the Ph.D. program only and students who do not already hold a master's degree in literature, comparative literature, or a comparable field must complete M.A. requirements while pursuing the Ph.D. The degree has three tracks: interliterary studies, interdisciplinary studies, and science fiction science, and literature. Offered by the Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages.
  • Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts — M.F.A.
    Students pursuing the M.F.A. program complete a core of course work in one writing discipline selected from fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, or writing for interactive media. Students participate in seminars and workshops where they explore cross-genre writing and the theoretical underpinnings of creative writing. This interdisciplinary program is offered by the Department of Creative Writing .
  • Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts — Palm Desert — M.F.A.
    UCR Palm Desert's M.F.A. program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts is designed for professionally oriented writers who are interested in a variety of literary forms. Students concentrate their work in one genre — fiction, screenwriting, creative non-fiction, poetry, or playwriting — but are required to take workshops in at least one other area. Classes are all held through the M.F.A. program at the UCR Palm Desert Campus.
  • Dance - M.F.A. in Experimental Choreography
    The program constructs opportunities for highly motivated choreographers to conduct research in dance and immerse themselves in contemporary issues in dance aesthetics, history, and culture. The focus of this program is the development of experimental choreography that challenges cultural assumptions and is informed by a critical and reflective perspective. The program is especially designed for the practicing artist who desires to return to an institutional context for advanced study.
  • Dance - Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies
    The program provides an advanced interdisciplinary base for innovative research in the field of cultural, political, and historical studies of dance. Inaugurated in 1993, the program has achieved world-class status as the preeminent site for intellectual inquiry into dance, corporeality, movement, choreography, and performance. The specificity of the program's focus on dance studies distinguishes it in the fields of performance, art, and cultural studies.
  • Economics — M.A., Ph.D.
    Students have the opportunity to pursue either a M.A. or Ph.D. in economics, with emphases in a wide range of fields, including:
    • Microeconomics
    • Macroeconomics
    • Econometrics
    • Economic development
    • Economic history
    • International trade

    Offered by the Department of Economics.
  • English — M.A., Ph.D.
    • The M.A. program encourages a broad familiarity with several fields of historical, theoretical, and genre-centered research within the discipline of English studies.
    • The Ph.D. program encourages graduate students to become teachers and scholar-critics capable of significant original literary scholarship. Students work in close consultation with the graduate adviser to map a course of study including seminar work, fulfillment of the foreign language requirement, the successful completion of two qualifying exams, and the dissertation.

    Offered by the Department of English.
  • Ethnic Studies — Ph.D.
    The Ph.D. program has a special focus on public policy and community studies, the connection of people of color in the United States with those in the diaspora (international affairs), and culture. Offered by the Department of Ethnic Studies.
  • History — M.A., Ph.D.
    Graduate study in history at the UCR culminates in the Ph.D. degree in history or in the professional M.A. degree in public history, which prepares graduates for careers in museums, archives and historical preservation. Students can also earn the M.A. degree in history, which provides a strong background for careers in professions such as teaching, government and journalism. Offered by the Department of History.
  • Designated Emphasis (DE) in Middle East and Islamic Studies — Ph.D.
    The Designated Emphasis (DE) in Middle East and Islamic Studies offers students the opportunity to study aspects of the Middle East and Islam through their history, politics, law, society, culture, and literature. It trains students to be attentive to enduring historical legacies of colonialism and idioms of cultural inheritance in Europe, from medieval polemics to the Renaissance and Enlightenment, which continue to impact the terms for reflection on and writing about the Middle East and Islam..
  • Music — M.A., Ph.D.
    • Composition — Students receive a thorough grounding in historical and contemporary compositional practice along with a strong emphasis in digital technologies for creation, documentation, and production
    • Ethnomusicology — Bringing the insights of cutting-edge cultural theory to original research based on solidly grounded, finely detailed ethnographic fieldwork
    • Musicology — Featuring one of the leading programs in the world on the musical heritage of Iberia and Latin America, students in musicology may pursue a wide variety of subjects, including British music

    Offered by the Department of Music.
  • Philosophy — M.A., Ph.D.
    This program specializes in analytic philosophy, contemporary European philosophy, and the history of philosophy. Students become acquainted with the state of discussion in central areas of contemporary philosophy and are given the skills needed to conduct their own research. Students who have successfully completed a master's degree in philosophy may be invited to pursue the Ph.D. degree. Offered by the Department of Philosophy.
  • Political Science — M.A., Ph.D.
    The M.A. and Ph.D. programs prepare students for research and teaching in academic institutions. The small, research-oriented program is well-suited to train people interested in:
    • American political institutions
    • Methodology
    • Mass political behavior (both U.S. and non-U.S.)
    • Political violence and civil-military relations

    Total graduate enrollment is limited to fewer than 40 students. Offered by the Department of Political Science.
  • Psychology — Ph.D.
    The Ph.D. program offers areas of specialization in cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social/personality psychology and systems neuroscience. There is also cross-cutting and interdisciplinary study in quantitative psychology, in family studies, positive psychology and health psychology. Individual programs can also be created. There is no concentration in clinical psychology, but many graduate students study applied topics such as the promotion of the mental and physical health of children, adolescents, and the aging. Offered by the Department of Psychology.
  • Religious Studies — M.A., Ph.D.
    Featuring a M.A. degree that allows a broad study of religious traditions and a more specialized Ph.D. degree that prepares students to enter into academia as researches and instructors, the small program engages religion as a political and social dynamic on the international stage, critically appraising the force of religions in contemporary global cultures, contacts, and conflicts. Offered by the Department of Religious Studies.
  • Sociology — Ph.D.
    The program is designed to prepare students for teaching and research careers in sociology, earning an M.A. as part of their progress to the Ph.D. Areas of specialization are:
    • Criminology and sociolegal studies
    • Family and social psychology
    • Gender studies, organizations and institutions
    • Political economy and global social change
    • Race and class inequality
    • Sociological theory

    Offered by the Department of Sociology.
  • Southeast Asian Studies — M.A.
    Centered on the study of the arts and cultural life in Southeast Asia and the diasporas. The program is geared towards understanding the region and making sense of and engaging with various forms of culture. The region will be studied with an emphasis on historical, religious and ethnographical perspectives. Offered by the interdepartmental SEATRiP Program.
  • Spanish — M.A., Ph.D.
    Designed to prepare scholars for teaching and research in Spanish and Latin American literature and cultural studies. The program is organized primarily for students seeking the Ph.D. degree, with the M.A. degree awarded in the course of a student's progress. A small number of students only complete the M.A. as advanced study for teaching in high schools or community colleges. Offered by the Department of Hispanic Studies.

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