The Program assumes serious interest in one or more areas of modern thought: history, psychology, philosophy, arts, contemporary culture generally. The term modern is construed to mean roughly from the Enlightenment to the present. Each student proposes an individualized academic program at the time of application. Only one or two students are admitted each year. Students entering the Program may come from any undergraduate discipline, but should have sufficient background in literature and/or cultural studies to be able to participate fully in graduate level courses.
Iberian & Latin American Cultures
Groundbreaking approaches to the literature and cultures of the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, Brazil and Lusophone Africa, and Latina/o populations in the United States.
Designed to engage students existentially and to assist them in thinking about intellectual, ethical, and sociopolitical issues in the world's religions.
Slavic Languages and Literatures
Coordinated study of Russian language, literature, literary and cultural history, as well as literary theory and criticism.
Understand what it means to think historically: locating subjects in time and place and being sensitive to the contingencies of context and to change over time.