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 program may be granted by the CTE Director 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 Humanities 270, and upon the recommendation of the Workshop's instructor or a faculty representative of the student's department. For an application or more information, please contact the Emphasis in Critical Theory.

A three-quarter Critical Theory Workshop (HUM 260), conceived as a reading group, and developed with the input of all participants, where significant texts are discussed and analyzed in class, with no term papers or letter grades (except for an S or a U). Students will receive 4 units of credit for this course only in the last (that is, the Spring Quarter). For the first two quarters, the course will be zero units and will receive an IP grade.

Three Humanities 270 courses offered under the supervision of the Core Committee. At least three such courses will be offered each quarter.

Participation in two mini-seminars (6-8 hours) offered by visiting scholars (and sponsored by the Core Committee) on the visiting scholars' ongoing research.

It is expected that the dissertation will reflect the preparation in Critical Theory. Alternatively, a research paper written under the guidance of one or more of the Emphasis faculty will be submitted to the Director.

Students who satisfactorily complete the Emphasis will be given for his or her dossier a letter signed by the School of Humanities Dean and the CTE Director certifying that fact.