BFA Critical Studies Curriculum
An integral part of the BFA experience is the Critical Studies curriculum. In addition to its two graduate programs, the School of Critical Studies is also responsible for the development and delivery of a general education curriculum that prepares and encourages students to consider aesthetic questions within larger socio-cultural, ethical and political contexts.
The foundation of the Critical Studies curriculum is the Level-100 sequence, which includes our cornerstone critical writing course in the fall semester, and Intro to Critical Studies, followed by a writing intensive special topics course in the spring. This two-course sequence is required of all BFA students who transfer in fewer than 15 units of Critical Studies applicable coursework.
As part of each student’s overall degree completion, they are expected to complete a total of 46 units of Critical Studies coursework, 8 units of which must be completed on campus through coursework offered by the School of Critical Studies, as well as other Critical Studies Residency approved courses focused on areas from among the humanities, cultural studies, science, math, social sciences, computer science, or creative writing. All other units may be completed through coursework approved by the School of Critical Studies, through academic-oriented courses offered by each of the Schools or through transfer credit.
In order to make timely progress toward degree completion, BFA students are expected to take 5-6 units of Critical Studies coursework each semester (this semester by semester benchmark may be slightly different for students transferring in credit from a previous institution). With the exception of the Level-100 sequence, all Critical Studies courses enroll online with certain restrictions based on year level:
200-level courses are open only to BFA1s and BFA2s
300-level courses are open only to BFA2s and above who have met the Level-100 prerequisite
400-level courses are open to BFA3s and above who have met the Level-100 prerequisite
In addition to the overall units requirements, students should also be aware of the specific area requirements that must be completed. These include Humanities, Social Sciences, Cultural Studies, and Science and Math. All other course requirements may be selected from a range of disciplines, ranging from computer programming to creative writing. Students may also choose to pursue a Critical Studies minor if there is a particular area of interest that they wish to focus on more intently.
More information about specific requirements can be found in the course catalog.
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