Graduate Division

European Thought and Culture MA

Section 1

Overview

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:

  1. Students with a B.A. degree can apply to the “stand-alone” program and pursue a one-year degree.
  2. 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:

  1. attentiveness to the formal structures and languages in which ideas are expressed;
  2. location of ideas in larger historical contexts, be they social, economic, or political institutions, cultural developments, or in conversation with other ideas;
  3. 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.

Quick Facts

Program Type

Academic Master's Program

Normative Time to Degree

1 year

Capstone Type

Thesis or Comprehensive Exam

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

The M.A. program in European Thought and Culture has two tracks for admission, the UCI 4+1 B.A./M.A. and the stand-alone M.A. Standards of admissibility are specific to each track and are as follows:

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.

Financial Support

Because this is a terminal M.A. program, there is unfortunately no guaranteed graduate student support, though we will support applicants in securing any forms of funding possible.

Tuition & Fees

Graduate/Credential Student Fees 2019-20

  Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020 Annual
Student Services Fee 376.00 376.00 376.00 1,128.00
Tuition 3,814.00 3,814.00 3,814.00 11,442.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee 9.00 9.00 9.00 27.00
Student Center Fee 139.69 139.69 139.68 419.06
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
Document Fee * 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,459.18 1,459.18 1,459.18 4,377.54
Total California Resident $ 5,908.87 $ 5,908.87 $ 5,908.86 $ 17,726.60
 
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 5,034.00 5,034.00 5,034.00 15,102.00
Total Nonresident $ 10,942.87 $ 10,942.87 $ 10,942.86 $ 32,828.60

 

Posted 12 July 2019 at http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2019-2020/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 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.

Core Faculty

Anke Biendarra
Associate Professor of European Languages and Studies; German Core Faculty; M.A. in European Thought and Culture Core Faculty; Director of the European Studies Program
Published Books
abiendar@uci.edu

Kai Evers
Associate Professor of European Languages and Studies; German Core Faculty; M.A. in European Thought and Culture Core Faculty
Published Books
kevers@uci.edu

Peter Frei
Assistant Professor of European Languages and Studies; French Core Faculty; German Joint Faculty; M.A. in European Thought and Culture Core Faculty
Published Books
pfrei@uci.edu

Glenn Levine
Professor of European Languages and Studies; German Core Faculty; M.A. in European Thought and Culture Core Faculty; German Language Program Director
Published Books

Christophe Litwin
Assistant Professor of European Languages and Studies; French Core Faculty; German Joint Faculty; M.A. in European Thought and Culture Core Faculty    

Catherine Malabou
Professor of Comparative Literature and European Languages and Studies; French Core Faculty; German Joint Faculty; M.A. in European Thought and Culture Core Faculty    cmalabou@uci.edu

Carrie J. Noland
Professor of European Languages and Studies; French Core Faculty; M.A. in European Thought and Culture Core Faculty; Director of the French Program, and Director of UCI's International Center for Writing and Translation European Languages and Studies
Published Books
cjnoland@uci.edu

David Pan
Professor and Department Chair of European Languages and Studies; German Core Faculty; M.A. in European Thought and Culture Core Faculty
Published Books
    
Deanna Shemek
Professor of European Languages and Studies; Italian Core Faculty; M.A. in European Thought and Culture Core Faculty
Published Books
dshemek@uci.edu

John H. Smith
Professor of European Languages and Studies; German Core Faculty; M.A. in European Thought and Culture Core Faculty
Published Books
jhsmith@uci.edu

Participating ELS Faculty

Elizabeth Allen
Associate Professor of English; M.A in. European Thought and Culture Interdisciplinary Joint Faculty
Published Books
eallen@uci.edu

David Brodbeck
Professor of Music; M.A. in European Thought and Culture Interdisciplinary Joint Faculty
david.brodbeck@uci.edu

Daniel R. Brunstetter
Associate Professor of Political Science; M.A. in European Thought and Culture Interdisciplinary Joint Faculty
dbrunste@uci.edu

Nahum Dimitri Chandler
Professor of African American Studies; M.A. in European Thought and Culture Interdisciplinary Joint Faculty
Published Books
chandlen@uci.edu

Vinayak Chaturvedi
Associate Professor of History; M.A in. European Thought and Culture Interdisciplinary Joint Faculty
Published Books
vinayak@uci.edu

Ian Coller
Associate Professor of History; M.A in. European Thought and Culture Interdisciplinary Joint Faculty
Published Books
icoller@uci.edu

Herschel Farbman
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature; M.A. in European Thought and Culture Interdisciplinary Joint Faculty
Published Books
hfarbman@uci.edu

Zina Giannopoulou
Associate Professor of Classics; M.A in. European Thought and Culture Interdisciplinary Joint Faculty
Published Books
zgiannop@uci.edu

Sean Greenberg
Associate Professor of Philosophy; M.A in. European Thought and Culture Interdisciplinary Joint Faculty
greenbes@uci.edu

Nicole Grimes
Assistant Professor of Arts-Music; M.A in. European Thought and Culture Interdisciplinary Joint Faculty
ngrimes@uci.edu

Rebeca Helfer
Associate Professor of English; M.A in. European Thought and Culture Interdisciplinary Joint Faculty
Published Books
rhelfer@uci.edu

Andromache Karanika
Associate Professor of Classics; M.A in. European Thought and Culture Interdisciplinary Joint Faculty
Published Books
karanika@uci.edu

Peter Krapp
Professor & Chair of Film & Media Studies, German Joint Faculty; M.A in. European Thought and Culture Interdisciplinary Joint Faculty
Published Books
krapp@uci.edu

Horacio Legras
Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese; M.A in. European Thought and Culture Interdisciplinary Joint Faculty
hlegras@uci.edu

Jayne Lewis
Professor of English; M.A in. European Thought and Culture Interdisciplinary Joint Faculty
Published Books
jelewis@uci.edu

Nancy McLoughlin
Associate Professor of History; M.A in. European Thought and Culture Interdisciplinary Joint Faculty
Published Books
nmclough@uci.edu

Santiago Morales-Rivera
Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese; M.A in. European Thought and Culture Interdisciplinary Joint Faculty
s.morales@uci.edu

Susan Morrissey
Professor of History; M.A in. European Thought and Culture Interdisciplinary Joint Faculty
Published Books
susan.morrissey@uci.edu

Jane O. Newman
Professor and Chair of Comparative Literature; M.A in. European Thought and Culture Interdisciplinary Joint Faculty
Published Books
jonewman@uci.edu

Kevin Olson
Professor of Political Science; M.A in. European Thought and Culture Interdisciplinary Joint Faculty
kevin.olson@uci.edu

Nasrin Rahimieh
Professor of Comparative Literature; M.A in. European Thought and Culture Interdisciplinary Joint Faculty
Published Books
nrahimie@uci.edu

Renee Raphael
Associate Professor of History; M.A in. European Thought and Culture Interdisciplinary Joint Faculty
Published Books
renee.raphael@uci.edu

Gabriele Schwab
Professor of Comparative Literature; German Joint Faculty; M.A in. European Thought and Culture Interdisciplinary Joint Faculty
Published Books
gmschwab@uci.edu

James Steintrager
Professor of English; M.A in. European Thought and Culture Interdisciplinary Joint Faculty
Published Books
jsteintr@uci.edu

Andrew Zissos
Professor of Classics; M.A in. European Thought and Culture Interdisciplinary Joint Faculty
Published Books
pzissos@uci.edu