Critical Theory Emphasis

The emphasis in Critical Theory, under the supervision of the Committee on Critical Theory, is available for doctoral students in all departments at UCI upon approval of the student’s faculty advisor or associate dean in accordance with departmental policy. Ph.D. students may, with Committee approval, complete the emphasis in addition to the degree requirements of their graduate program. Although there is no change in the existing Ph.D. program requirements or procedures, if the student wishes to have a letter (signed by the Dean and by the Director of Critical Theory) testifying that the student has satisfactorily added this theoretical dimension to the graduate program, then additional requirements must be met. Critical theory at UCI is understood in the broad sense as the study of the shared assumptions, problems, and commitments of the various discourses in the humanities. The faculty regards critical theory not as an adjunct to the study of one of the traditional humanistic disciplines but as a necessary context for the study of any humanistic discipline.

Admission to the emphasis may be granted by the Critical Theory Committee in response to the student’s petition. The petition normally is submitted by the middle of the second year of graduate study, after completion of one HUMAN 270 seminar, and upon the recommendation of the Workshop’s instructor or a faculty representative of the student’s department.

Michael and Stacey Koehn Endowed Fellowship in Critical Theory

Each year, this one-quarter fellowship plus summer stipend is awarded by competition to a Critical Theory Emphasis student in the third year or higher of a Humanities Ph.D. program at UCI. An announcement of the competition and application requirements is made each spring quarter.

The Koehn Fellowship is intended to enable the student to pursue research and/or to travel and attend academic conferences relevant to his or her chosen field of graduate work related to critical theory. The assistantship consists of one quarter of fellowship (approximately $7,000 plus in-state tuition and fees) and a summer stipend for research ($3,000).

During the year that the fellowship is held, the student engages in activities related to promoting an understanding of and interest in Critical Theory among undergraduates. Usually, these activities include organizing CTE’s annual Undergraduate Critical Theory Conference and working with the Critical Theory Committee on program activities.

Criteria

To qualify for the Koehn Assistantship, applicants must be enrolled in a Humanities Ph.D. program and registered in the Critical Theory Emphasis; must have taken the Critical Theory Workshop (Hum. 260) or be registered in it for the current academic year; and must have taken at least two Humanities 270 seminars prior to holding the assistantship.

An evaluation and selection is made by CTE faculty and administered through the office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the Humanities.

Applicants must be enrolled in a Humanities Ph.D. program and registered in the Critical Theory Emphasis. They must have taken the Critical Theory Workshop (Hum 260) or be registered in it for the current academic year. They must also must have taken at least two Humanities 270 seminars prior to holding the assistantship. Traditionally the awardee oversees the organization of the annual Undergraduate Critical Theory Conference in the Spring quarter subsequent to the award. Applicants must provide the following:

1.       A statement (no more than two pages) describing how Critical Theory is related to their specific focus in graduate studies.
2.       A writing sample related to Critical Theory (maximum 25 pages, double spaced).
3.       A letter of evaluation from the chair of the qualifying exam committee or dissertation committee.

Award consists of a $3,000 Summer Stipend for Summer and a $7,000 stipend, in-state tuition, and fees for Fall quarter.