The M.A. in European Thought and Culture (ETC) provides students with a rigorous course of study in the foundational philosophical texts and cultural products in literature and the arts produced in Europe from the Middle Ages to the present (including responses in non-European contexts).
The program has two tracks:
- Students with a B.A. degree can apply to the “stand-alone” program and pursue a one-year degree.
- As a 4+1 M.A. program, UC Irvine undergraduates can begin the three Core Seminars during their senior year and spend a fifth year at UCI completing the program requirements.
What Sets Us Apart?
The objective of this program is to train students in interpreting and writing about cultural products (literature and the arts) and philosophical texts (broadly speaking, including works in political theory, the history of science, and theology) from the European tradition.
This training has three goals:
- attentiveness to the formal structures and languages in which ideas are expressed;
- location of ideas in larger historical contexts, be they social, economic, or political institutions, cultural developments, or in conversation with other ideas;
- exploration of ideas and texts that are crucial for understanding the formation of modern critical theory.
A broad field of “theory” has emerged in the humanities and social sciences that attempts take a holistic perspective on human meaning rather than the reduction to a specific disciplinary perspective that characterizes the sciences. A major aim of this program is to provide students with a historical foundation in the cultural developments out of which critical theory itself emerged in Europe.
Moreover, and just as significantly, the program includes an emphasis in the non- European legacies of the European tradition, i.e., how it framed and intersected with other major civilizations (the Ottoman Empire, the Persian Empire, and the indigenous civilizations of the New World), on the one hand, and was translated and transformed by colonial and postcolonial writers (the likes of Césaire, Senghor, Fanon, etc.) as well as by African American writers and theorists on the other.
Academic Master's Program
Normative Time to Degree
Thesis or Comprehensive Exam
4+1 B.A./M.A. Track
- Completed graduate application
- Official transcript
- One letter of recommendation from an ETC faculty member or faculty member in a related field
- Writing sample
- Current UCI undergraduate student status
- Cumulative 3.0 GPA
- Cumulative 3.3 GPA in major
- Completion of EURO ST 200A, EURO ST 200B, and EURO ST 200C with a grade of B or higher
- Completion of two additional European Studies courses as defined by the European Studies Generally Approved Courses and/or the Quarterly Approved Courses list.
- Demonstrated reading knowledge in one European language other than English. See Language Requirement.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis during the final year of undergraduate study.
Stand-Alone M.A. Track
- Completed graduate application
- Official transcript
- Three letters of recommendation from faculty in related fields
- Writing sample
- Cumulative 3.0 GPA
- Cumulative 3.3 GPA in B.A. major
- GRE scores
Completion of one European language other than English. See Language Requirement.
Applications are accepted for fall admission only.
Tuition & Fees
Graduate/Credential Student Fees 2018-19
|Fall 2018||Winter 2019||Spring 2019||Annual|
|Student Services Fee||376.00||376.00||376.00||1,128.00|
|Assoc. Grad Students Fee||9.00||9.00||9.00||27.00|
|Student Center Fee||137.88||137.88||137.87||413.63|
|Bren Events Center Fee||23.00||23.00||23.00||69.00|
|Recreation Center Fee||88.00||88.00||88.00||264.00|
|eTech Fee *||60.00||60.00||60.00||180.00|
|Document Fee †||80.00||0.00||0.00||80.00|
|Student Health Insurance||1,348.00||1,347.00||1,347.00||4,042.00|
|Total California Resident||$5,795.88||$5,794.88||$5,794.87||$17,385.63|
|Nonresident Supplemental Tuition||5,034.00||5,034.00||5,034.00||15,102.00|
Posted 10 August 2018 at http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2018-2019/graduate.html.
The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.
* The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.
† The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.
Interdisciplinary Core Teaching Faculty
From the Department of European Languages and Studies
Anke Biendarra, Ph.D. Cultural Studies, Film, GDR Culture, German Lit & Culture of the 20th/21st Century, Literary Sociology, Literature of unification, New Media, Pop Culture
Kai Evers, Ph.D. Catastrophic Imagination and Rep. of War, European Studies, Film, Modernist Literature, Risk, Violence
Peter Frei, Ph.D. Sixteenth-century and modern French literature and philosophy
Glenn Levine, Ph.D. Applied Linguistics, Foreign Language Pedagogy, German-Jewish Literature, Theoretical Linguistics, Yiddish Language and Literature
Christophe Litwin, Ph.D. Modern French literature, philosophy, and political theory
Catherine Malabou, Ph.D. German Idealism, Contemporary French Philosophy, Critical Theory, Neurobiology, Epigenetics
Carrie Noland, Ph.D. Avant-Garde, Critical Theory, Dance and Performance Studies, Poetry and Poetics, Twentieth-Century French Literature
David T. Pan, Ph.D. 18th and 19th Century German Literature, Intellectual History
Deanna Shemek, Ph.D. Archives, Archival Practices; Digital Humanities; Italian; Italian Studies; Literature; Renaissance Studies; Gender Studies
John H. Smith, Ph.D. 18th- to 20th-century European Literature, Intellectual History, Literary Theory, Philosophy
Jim T. Chiampi, Ph.D. Italian Renaissance literature, Dante
From the Department of History
Vinayak Chaturvedi, Ph.D. History .Modern South Asia, Social and Intellectual History
Ian Coller, Ph.D. History. Modern French and Mediterranean history
Sarah Farmer, Ph.D. History. Modern French history, twentieth-century Europe, social and cultural history
Douglas Haynes, Ph.D. History. British history, race theory, history of medical sciences
Nancy McLoughlin, Ph.D. History. Late Medieval Intellectual and Gender History
Susan Morrissey, Ph.D. History .Modern Russian History
Renee Raphael, Ph.D. History. Early modern history of science, early modern European intellectual and cultural history, history of the book and its readers,
science and visual culture.
From African American Studies
Nahum Chandler, Ph.D. Modern Philosophy, Intellectual History, History of the Human Sciences, W. E. B. Du Bois
From Art History
James D. Herbert, Ph.D. Art History. Modern European Art and Intellectual History
From the Department of Music
David Brodbeck, Ph.D. Central European music and musical culture in the long nineteenth century and Anglo-American popular music of the past fifty years
Nicole Grimes, Ph. D. Music history, German music of the nineteenth century
From Spanish and Portuguese
Luis Avilés, Ph.D. Spanish. Golden Age Literature
Horacio Legras, Ph.D. Spanish. Latin American Literature; European Literary Theory and Intellectual History
Santiago Morales-Rivera, Ph.D. Spanish. Contemporary Spanish Intellectual History, Literature, and Culture
Elizabeth Allen, Ph.D. Chaucer, Gower, fifteenth-century poetry; exemplary literature, romance, chronicle, episodic form; intersections between ethics and politics, politics and religion; hospitality, sovereignty, legal and constitutional history of England
Martin Harries, Ph.D. Modern European drama, performance theory, and avant- garde.
Rebeca Helfer. Ph.D. Renaissance literature and Culture; Memory; Spenser
Jayne Lewis, Ph.D. Literature and medicine, restoration and 18th-century British literature; literature of the supernatural and gothic fiction; history and/of fiction; atmosphere as literary concept and construct within natural philosophy
Victoria Silver, Ph.D. English. Early Modern Literature and Culture; Religious Studies; History and Theory of Rhetoric; Literature and Philosophy
James Steintrager, Ph.D. English. 18th-century Comparative Literature; Aesthetics; Ethical Philosophy and Literature; Systems Theory; Amatory and Erotic Fiction
From Comparative Literature
Herschel Farbman, Ph.D. Transnational modernism and its aftermath, Film and Media Studies, Literary and Political Theory
Jane O. Newman, Ph.D. Comparative Renaissance and Baroque Studies, History and Theories of Rhetoric, Cultural Studies and Criticism, History and Theories of Comparative Literature, Walter Benjamin and the Baroque
Nasrin Rahimieh. Ph.D. Modern Persian Literature and Culture, Translation, Exile, and Diaspora; European/Iranian cultural connections
Beryl Schlossman, Ph.D. French and Francophone studies, literature, cinema, and the arts in society
Georges van den Abbeele, Ph.D. Travel narrative, critical theory, and Renaissance literature; member of the European Academy of Sciences
From Film and Media Studies
Peter Krapp, Ph.D. Digital culture and media history, secret communications and cultural memory, history & theory of gadgets, games and simulations
Catherine Liu, Ph.D. Hou Hsiao-Hsien, psychoanalysis, U.S. intellectual history and educational/cultural/media policy, culture wars, Frankfurt School
Sean Greenberg, Ph.D. History of early modern philosophy, and secondary interests in moral psychology
Zina Giannopoulou, Ph.D. Ancient Greek Philosophy, esp. Plato, Reception of Classical Antiquity in Modern and Contemporary Prose Literature; Greek Tragedy and Epic
Andromache Karanika, Ph.D. Greek epic poetry, Greek Lyric, Folklore
Andrew Zissos, Ph.D. Latin epic, Imperial Roman Culture, Classical Reception
From Political Science
Daniel Brunstetter, Ph.D. Political Science. Just war, early modern thought, otherness/identity, new world discovery, Montaigne, Rousseau, French immigration
Simone Chambers, Ph.D. Political Science. Democratic theory, ethics, secularism, rhetoric, civility and the public sphere
Kevin Olson, Ph.D. Political Theory. Political theory, history of political thought, legal theory, philosophy of the social sciences
Keith Topper, Ph.D. Political theory