Requirements for a Humanistic Studies Minor

Requirements for the Completion of a Minor

Minors can currently be taken in the following fields:

  • Creative Writing
  • Critical Theory
  • Literary Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Culture & Politics

To successfully complete a Minor, you must:

— complete six courses (with a minimum GPA of 3.0 ) in the subject of your Minor. Four of these courses should also fulfill the Humanistic Studies requirements, so they may include Critical Inquiry, Theory courses, Intellectual History courses, Literature courses,, Math/Science, and General Academic Electives. Two should be additional courses (from any of the above). Note: Minors have the same required course of study in Humanistic Studies as all students at MICA, along with two additional humanistic studies electives and a thesis.

— consult with your Academic Advisor and the Minors Advisor, Paul Jaskunas, (pjaskunas@gmail.com) before you register for any course that you intend to fulfill your Minor.

— Register for your Minor and complete the Registration form in your Sophomore or Junior year

— Complete a Minors Thesis.

Requirements of the Thesis  (see Minors Theses for recent examples)

The goal of the minors’ thesis is to offer students the opportunity to reflect deeply on the themes and issues they encountered while engaged (over a minimum of seven semesters) with a concentrated field of study in the HS department. The thesis, as a written record of that reflection, should follow these general parameters:

  • Minimum 20 pages, maximum 45 pages. The minimum for a creative writing thesis is 30 pages; at least 20 pages should be original work in fiction, poetry, nonfiction or some combination and at least 10 pages must include analytical writing about the genre(s) represented in the thesis.

THESIS TIMELINE

FRESHMAN YEAR

Spring: students meet with minors’ coordinator to register for a minor and to choose from among the five concentrations (Literary Studies, Gender Studies, Creative Writing, Critical Theory, Culture and Politics).

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Fall: students meet with minors’ advisor to register for courses that will support their minor and/or introduce them to faculty advising in their minor concentration.

Spring: last chance to change concentrations; if possible, students should select a minor advisor (required by fall semester junior year). Students will meet with minors’ coordinator to register for liberal arts courses that support their minor.

JUNIOR YEAR

Fall: students must select an Advisor prior to registration for spring courses; they’ll meet with their Advisor during the registration period to decide on best courses to round out their minor. Students must update their course plan with the minors’ coordinator.

Spring: Students must meet with their minor advisor during registration period; the “agenda” for this meeting should include: brainstorming possible thesis topics; discussing summer research; beginning a preliminary bibliography, and reviewing senior year requirements and deadlines.

SENIOR YEAR

Fall: By September 30: Students should schedule a meeting with their Advisor in order to: review requirements for thesis; finalize thesis topic; set date for submission of abstract and preliminary bibliography. By November 15, students should submit abstract and preliminary bibliography (for creative writing minors, abstract is for the analytical portion of their thesis; in addition, students should also submit drafts of original work). In December, students meet with faculty advisors, who give feedback on abstract and bibliography. They also agree on appropriate documentation methods and style sheet, and set dates for spring semester. Students must update their course plan with the minors’ coordinator.

Spring Semester

February 15: First draft due to faculty advisor
March 1: Faculty feedback on first draft due to students
April 15: Final copy due to faculty advisor
May 1: Faculty approval of thesis
Prior to Commencement:  Written evaluation from Faculty Advisor to student