12 months
33138 USD/year
33138 USD/year
18036 USD/year
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The European Thought and Culture program of the University of California, Irvine (UCI), administered by the Department of European Languages and Studies in the School of Humanities, draws on expertise from faculty in other departments in the Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences in order to take an interdisciplinary approach to this area of study.


The European Thought and Culture program of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) will provide students with a rigorous course of study in the foundational philosophical texts and cultural products in literature and the arts produced in Europe from the Middle Ages to the present, locating them in their historical contexts.

The program will have students entering in two ways:

  • Students with a B.A. degree can apply to the “stand-alone” program and pursue a one-year degree consisting of nine courses, plus either a comprehensive examination or a thesis.
  • This will also be a 4+1 M.A. program so that UC Irvine undergraduates in good academic standing can apply in their final year for formal admission, begin with the program’s three Core Seminars during their senior year, and spend a fifth year at UCI completing their nine courses, plus either a comprehensive examination or a thesis.

Professional Objectives

Increasing numbers of students recognize that for academic and career reasons a degree beyond the B.A. is desirable. Our program allows those with interests in a wide array of disciplines (European studies, history, philosophy, comparative literature, art history, political theory, anthropology, law, religious studies, as well as English, French, German, Italian , and Russian literature) to pursue the study of the modern European tradition, which is foundational for understanding developments in those fields. This may be a goal in itself or preparation for a variety of careers in business, government, and non-government organizations. In addition, the program. The critical thinking, writing, and interpretive skills learned in the M.A. program provides an excellent preparation for application to Ph.D. programs with fellowship opportunities.

The objective of the program is to train students in interpreting and writing about cultural products (literature and the arts) and philosophical texts (broadly speaking, including works in political theory, the history of science, and theology) from the European tradition. This training has three goals: (1) attentiveness to the formal structures and languages in which ideas are expressed; (2) location of ideas in   larger historical contexts, be they social, economic, or political institutions, cultural developments, or in conversation with other ideas; (3) exploration of ideas and texts that are crucial for understanding the formation of modern critical theory. The program will also emphasize the legacy and transformation of this tradition, in both recent developments in the broad area of “literary and critical theory” and in colonial, postcolonial, and other non-European contexts.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Terror & Redemption
  • Social Justice and Activism in Modern Europe
  • Issues & Institutions: European Spaces
  • Self-love, Narcissism & The Common Good
  • Revolutionary Women
  • Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite and Negritude

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

  • A completed graduate application, including a Personal History Statement, and a Statement of Purpose. 
  • Unofficial transcripts for all institutions attended since high school, including GPA (cumulative minimum of 3.0; major 3.3). Please upload to your online application both, the front and back sides of each transcript.
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty in related fields. The letters should be uploaded to the application electronically. Paper or hardcopies of letters will not be accepted.
  • Writing sample: Five to ten pages in length. This sample should be academic in nature and highlight your research and writing abilities. All writing samples must be uploaded electronically to the online application by the application deadline.
  • Foreign Language requirement.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33138 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 33138 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    33138 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 33138 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18036 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18036 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Irvine

1560 - 2585 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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