MA in Art
The Master of Arts is designed to provide opportunities for further study, either with a concentration in one or more of the studio areas within the department, or with a concentration that also encompasses the study and practice of contemporary art theory and discourse. The objectives of the program are to foster the artistic growth and competence of the individual, to provide the preparation for a professional career in the visual arts, and to provide a basis for further graduate study in the field.
MFA in Studio Art
The MFA in Studio Art is a 60 semester-unit degree with courses that embrace the multiplicity of artistic expression enhanced with graduate-level critical art history / global cultures courses. Designed to engage artists from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, our MFA community encourages intense experimentation with the freedom to work in any medium or range of materials and approaches.
MA in Communication Studies
The M.A. in Communication Studies prepares students to be effective and ethical communication professionals, educators, and scholars. Program strengths include: media and cultural studies; interpersonal and intercultural communication; communication pedagogy; and strategic communication, including public relations. Communication studies M.A. students integrate theory, research, and practice through a mix of graduate seminars, internships & independent studies, and three “culminating experience” options – thesis, project, and comprehensive examination. Many program alumni make an impact as communication professionals for leading public- and private-sector organizations. Others secure positions in top-ranked Ph.D programs, or they enjoy enriching careers as communication educators in the California Community College and Cal State systems. Several well-supported funding opportunities are available.
MA in English and Writing Studies
Our M.A. offers concentrations in Literature, Composition & Rhetoric, and Applied Linguistics & TESL, as well as two new interdisciplinary concentrations in Pedagogy and Public & Professional Writing. The program enables students to become socially committed, rhetorically flexible writers who make significant contributions in their chosen fields and communities. Our graduates are well prepared to pursue secondary or college teaching, advanced graduate study, and other careers emphasizing writing, research, and analytical thinking.
MA in Spanish
The Spanish M.A. program provides intensive study of Spanish and Spanish American literature and civilization, as well as Spanish linguistics. Our graduate program is designed for those students seeking to enhance their skills to teach at the secondary and community college level, as well as those students who desire to continue their studies for an advanced degree.