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A message from Dean Tyrus Miller I am delighted you are considering the UCI School of Humanities for your undergraduate education. The humanities can teach you how to examine your beliefs and those of others; how to write persuasively across different modes and media (even in social media posts!); how to leverage historical context to inform today’s decisions and mitigate conflict; and how to use your imagination to create something new and to appreciate something that others have created. These are just a few of the reasons I love the humanities—while, as a freshman undergraduate many years ago, I intended to become a biophysicist! My heart and mind were changed when I saw what I could achieve by studying the humanities. In the pages that follow, you will learn how the UCI School of Humanities can launch not only your future path of study but also your exciting and successful future career. Tyrus Miller Dean, School of Humanities, Professor of English and Art History
Four reasons the future will rely on humanities majors 1. The credibility of information will only become harder to decipher. By engaging with texts, documents, and images from different time frames, geographic regions and points of view, humanists are trained how to interpret information and how to assess its reliability and authenticity. 2. The humanities are a necessary partner to STEM. Scientific facts require interpretation and dissemination to reach the public, and storytelling skills to spark action—skills the humanities teach. 3. Technological and medical advancements will need humanists to ensure progress and ethical futures. Humanistic perspectives can illuminate any discipline, including technology and medicine, to ensure that human progress and the human experience are accounted for.
4. The humanities help catalyze valuable innovations in society, government, business, culture and entertainment, and even science and technology. The disciplines and expertise of the humanities can train you to frame new questions, interpret texts and images more subtly and more deeply, understand nuances of human motivation and communication, bring together different cultural perspectives productively and make ethical choices about the values that motivate people. More here: http://bit.ly/FutureHumanists
ADD a MASTER’S in JUST ONE YEAR! 1
The 4+1 B.A./M.A. program is a unique opportunity available to all current UCI undergraduate students, regardless of major. 4+1 students build upon their undergraduate work to complete a master’s degree in art history, Asian American studies or European thought and culture in just one additional year beyond the completion of the bachelor’s degree!
Majors African American Studies, B.A. Art History, B.A. Asian American Studies, B.A. Chinese Studies, B.A. Emphases: – Chinese Culture and Society – Chinese Language and Literature Classics, B.A. Emphases: – Classical Civilization – Greek and Latin Language and Literature – Latin Language and Literature Comparative Literature, B.A. Emphases: – Comparative Literature and Critical Theory – Cultural Studies – World Literature East Asian Cultures, B.A. English, B.A. Specialization: – English for Future Teachers European Studies, B.A. Specializations: – Early Europe (Pre-1789) – Modern Europe (Post-1789) – French Studies – German Studies – Italian Studies – Russian Studies – Spanish Studies Film and Media Studies, B.A. French, B.A. Gender and Sexuality Studies, B.A. German Studies, B.A.
Minors Global Cultures, B.A. Emphases: – Hispanic, U.S. Latino/Latina, and Luso-Brazilian Culture – Africa (Nation, Culture) and Its Diaspora – Asia (Nation, Culture) and Its Diaspora – Europe and Its Former Colonies – Atlantic Rim – Pacific Rim – Inter-Area Studies – Global Middle East Global Middle East Studies, B.A. History, B.A. Specialization: – History for Future Teachers Japanese Language and Literature, B.A. Korean Literature and Culture, B.A. Literary Journalism, B.A. Philosophy, B.A. Specializations: – Law and Society – Medicine and Well-Being Religious Studies, B.A. Emphases: – Judaism/Christianity/Islam – World Religious Traditions Spanish, B.A. Emphases: – Cinema: Spain, Latin America, and U.S. Latino – Literature and Culture – Spanish for Future Teachers
African American Studies Archaeology Armenian Studies Art History Asian American Studies Asian Studies Chinese Language and Literature Chinese Studies Classical Civilization Comparative Literature Creative Writing English European Studies Film and Media Studies French Gender and Sexuality Studies German Studies Global Cultures Global Middle East Studies Greek History Humanities and Law Italian Studies Japanese Language and Literature Japanese Studies Jewish Studies Korean Literature and Culture Latin Latin American Studies Literary Journalism Medical Humanities Persian Studies Philosophy Queer Studies Religious Studies Russian Studies Spanish Spanish/English Bilingual Education
LEARN through EXPERIENCE Dissecting Disneyland Art historian Roland Betancourt’s Disneyland course makes UCI the happiest place to study. Students find joy in studying what makes the theme park tick—from its roller coaster brakes to the design patents that make it all possible. An optional field trip turns theory into practice.
Connection-building festivals Faculty in our Department of Film and Media Studies bring students to film festivals across Southern California to see the industry in action and to network with future mentors.
Awe-inspiring art trip Students in art historian James Nisbet’s course crossed three states and 1,900 miles in search of awe-inspiring artworks hidden in desert landscapes. 3
LAUNCH your FUTURE CAREER and TRAVEL Journalism in action Alumna Oriana Gonzalez (B.A. literary journalism ’20) jump started her journalism career interning for E! News, NBC International, Orange Coast Magazine and “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” On top of that, she was the editor-in-chief for UCI’s student-run newspaper, New University.
Non-profit experience abroad Alumna Sarah Rodriguez (B.A.s film & media studies and gender & sexuality studies ’20) traveled to Hong Kong to intern at the nonprofit Hong Kong-America Center. While there, she gained professional experience in digital communications, public relations and social media.
Passion-sparking internships Internships sparked the passion that led alumna Coryn Hardison (B.A. history ’19) to pursue UCLA as a master’s student in library sciences. While at UCI, she interned at the National Archives through the University of California Washington, D.C. Program (UCDC) and at UCI Libraries’ Special Collections. 4
MEET UCI HUMANITIES alumni Sona Patel (B.A.s literary journalism and Spanish ’06) is senior social strategy editor for The New York Times. She led the crowd-sourcing portion of Netflix’s documentary series “Diagnosis,” which is a spinoff of The New York Times Magazine’s “Diagnosis” column.
Calvin Ho (B.A. Asian American studies ’08) is a resident physician at the Veterans Affair Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System/UCLA with a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialty. He is currently conducting research that explores racial disparities in post-operative management of knee replacements.
Misha Euceph (B.A. philosophy ’15) founded and leads the production company that produced “The Michelle Obama Podcast.” Euceph is an awardwinning podcaster whose long list of accolades include being named Producer of the Year by AdWeek.
Sheldon Chau (B.A. film and media studies ’10) is a cinematographer and director who won the 2015 ARRI Volker Bahnemann Award for Cinematography. Chau’s work has been screened at major festivals, including Sundance, Toronto, Venice, Los Angeles and Tribeca.
Héctor Tobar (M.F.A. fiction ’95) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and novelist who has authored five books, including The New York Times Best Seller, Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free, which was adapted into a film starring Antonio Banderas. He is an associate professor of English and Chicano/Latino studies at UCI.
Jim Guerinot (B.A. English ’85) is the former music manager of Gwen Stefani/ No Doubt, Beck, Social Distortion, Nine Inch Nails and more. In 2011, he coauthored the non-fiction book, Legends, Icons and Rebels: Music that Changed the World. 6
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