M.A. On Campus

World Cultures and Literatures

University of Houston

12 months
9936 USD/year
9936 USD/year
3840 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The World Cultures and Literatures program of the University of Houston is an innovative, interdisciplinary graduate program with a strong cultural studies focus and in-depth study in one of the target languages and/or cultures.


About the Program

With an emphasis on languages, literatures and cultures, the World Cultures and Literatures program of the University of Houston involves a wide range of possible directions as it seeks to meet an individual student’s academic and career interests and needs. The program addresses issues such as modernity, postmodernity, globalization, colonialism and postcolonialism, transnational and transcultural concerns, urban and diasporic studies, and the formation of cultural identities. It incorporates literary, film, visual, media and gender studies. Students in language core areas acquire high proficiency in the target language, translation skills, and, in some areas of concentration, training in applied linguistics and second language teaching.

Our faculty, dedicated scholars and teachers drawn from the Chinese, Classical Studies, French, German, Italian, and World Cultures and Literatures programs of the department of modern and classical languages as well as from other disciplines and departments, provide students with diverse perspectives and approaches relevant to the study of cultures and languages in multiple contexts. Instruction is student-centered, engaging and encourages faculty-mentored individual and collaborative research. We are committed to excellence in scholarship, student success and cultural diversity.

The M.A. in World Cultures and Literatures prepares and qualifies students for a wide range of career areas or for doctoral studies in given languages. In a rapidly changing job market, there is a growing demand for people with an understanding of historical and global contexts who can think across cultures and disciplines, imaginatively frame questions and consider multiple perspectives, combine various approaches and find innovative solutions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Frames of Modernity
  • Frames of Modernity III: Classics and Modernity
  • Issues in Chinese Language & Culture

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Minimum of 3.3 GPA in last 60 hrs
  • Satisfactory GRE scores
  • Major in target language
  • The online application (CollegeNet)
  • All academic transcripts
  • TOEFL score (if required by International Admissions)
  • 2-3 letters of recommendation solicited through CollegeNet
  • Completed departmental application form with student’s statement of intent (500 words) and a brief statement in the target/core language (200 words minimum), especially required for Chinese, French, German and Italian concentrations

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9936 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4968 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    9936 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4968 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    3840 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1920 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Houston

1067 - 1950 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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