Adult Degree Completion Program in Literary and Intercultural Studies (BA)

Literary and Intercultural Studies nurtures the mind and spirit through a study of global cultures, joining the truth of the human experience to the beauty of art. Our goal is to prepare you to succeed in whatever direction you choose and, more important, to set the foundation for a deeply fulfilled life rich with intellectual wonder, compassion, and creativity.

Core requirements focus on cultural literacy and literary criticism. You can choose to concentrate your elective studies in literature or to broaden your intellectual horizons through a range of courses in various humanities fields such as art history, creative writing, cultural studies, gender studies, history, music, philosophy, and religion.

Our degree plan lets you further tailor the major to your interests and future goals through four different tracks. The broadest track, Liberal Arts, continues an interdisciplinary investigation of culture across humanistic fields. The MA track allows for an accelerated path to a Master’s in Humanities degree. The Teacher Preparation track provides access to courses in the teaching credential program, reducing the number of credential units needed post BA. Finally, the Creative Writing track offers training in multiple genres of writing, providing multiple pathways to becoming a writer.

In this program, you will undertake a two-semester capstone project on a topic of your choosing. Largely, these projects result from an extended research-based inquiry. Formats vary and may include academic writing, films, websites, photo-journalistic essays and more. We welcome projects with a civic engagement component. Creative writing students will devise original work within a chosen genre such as a collection of poems, a novella, historical fiction and others.

Program Learning Outcomes

The student should demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Employ knowledge of cultural diversity to critically examine worldviews.
  2. Produce scholarly and/or creative works that integrate ideas drawn from literary and intercultural studies.
  3. Focus and sustain a written argument related to themes addressed in the major, analyzing and synthesizing materials from both primary and secondary sources and integrating critical and research skills.

Adult Degree Completion Program in Literary and Intercultural Studies (BA) Requirements

Transfer Credit Policy

3-units of lower division (LD) and 3-units upper division (UD) of relevant transfer credit may be applied to Tracks 1, 3, and 4. UD transfer units must have been earned within ten years prior to enrollment in the major. No transfer courses may be applied to the Core or Major Elective Requirements or to Track 2, MA Accelerated.

Portfolio Credit Policy

In lieu of 3-units of lower division transfer credit, students may apply e-units of LD or UD portfolio credit to Tracks 1, 3, and 4. The essay must be in the arts, humanities, or sociocultural studies.

Track 2 Admission

Students wishing to declare Track 2, the 2+1 accelerated path to a Master of Arts in Humanities degree, must separately apply to the MA Humanities program after earning 15 units of upper division course credit at Dominican. Upper division courses taken at Dominican for General Education credit count toward this 15-unit total. Please see the catalog for standards for admission into the MA Humanities program, including the minimum required GPA.

Core Courses

All core courses must be upper division and must be taken at Dominican.

LCS 3000/ENGL 3000/ENGL 5000Literary Criticism

3.00 units

or

LCS 3071/ENGL 3071Postcolonialism

3.00 units

 

LCS 4910Senior Project

3.00 units

LCS 4920/HCS 4920/RLGN 4920Senior Project Workshop

1.00 unit

 

LCS 4930/HCS 4930Humanities Seminar I - West

3.00 units

or

LCS 4931/HCS 4931/HUM 5931Humanities Seminar II - Non-West

3.00 units

 

LCS 4932/HCS 4932Interdisciplinary Thinking

3.00 units

Select three units from the following

LCS 3150/ENGL 3050Western Classics

3.00 units

LCS 3151/ENGL 3051Latin American Literature

3.00 units

LCS 3152/ENGL 3052Asian Literature

3.00 units

LCS 3155/ENGL 3055African Literature

3.00 units

LCS 3181Major Works In Translation

3.00 units

LCS 3260/ENGL 3060Asian American Literature

1.50 units

LCS 3261/ENGL 3061Native American Literature

1.50 units

LCS 3262African American Literature

1.50 units

LCS 3263/ENGL 3063Hispanic American Literature

1.50 units

LCS 3266/ENGL 3066Pacific Islander American Literature

1.50 units

LCS 3267/ENGL 3067Filipino Am. Lit

1.50 units

LCS 3272/ENGL 3072Toni Morrison

3.00 units

Total Credit Hours:16

Major Electives

Students select three courses, 3-units each from the Humanities Disciplines: ARTH, HCS, HIST, LCS, MUS, PHIL, RLGN or WGS. All major elective courses must be upper division and must be taken at Dominican.

Total Credit Hours:9

Track 1—Liberal Arts

See Transfer Credit policy above.

One upper division course from the Humanities Disciplines (3 units)

ARTH, HCS, HIST, LCS, MUS, PHIL, RLGN, or WGS XXXX

One upper division course from the Humanities Disciplines (3 units)

ARTH, HCS, HIST, LCS, MUS, PHIL, RLGN, or WGS XXXX

One upper division course from the Humanities Disciplines (3 units)

ARTH, HCS, HIST, LCS, MUS, PHIL, RLGN, or WGS XXXX

One upper or lower division course from the Humanities Disciplines (3 units)

ARTH, HCS, HIST, LCS, MUS, PHIL, RLGN, or WGS XXXX

Total Credit Hours:12

Track 2—Accelerated Master’s

See Track 2 Admission policy above. Track 2 courses must be for Graduate course credit.

HUM 5000Pro-Sem: Humanities in the Contemporary World

3.00 units

HUM 5001Core Integrative Seminar

3.00 units

HUM 5XXXGraduate Humanities Course

3.00 units

HUM 5XXXGraduate Humanities Course

3.00 units

Total Credit Hours:12

Track 3—Teacher Prep

See Transfer Credit policy above.

One upper division course from the Humanities Disciplines or Education (3 units)

ARTH, HCS, HIST, LCS, MUS, PHIL, RLGN, WGS 3XXX or EDUC 3XXX

One upper division course from the Humanities Disciplines or Education (3 units)

ARTH, HCS, HIST, LCS, MUS, PHIL, RLGN, WGS 3XXX or EDUC 3XXX

One upper division course from the Humanities Disciplines or Education (3 units)

ARTH, HCS, HIST, LCS, MUS, PHIL, RLGN, WGS 3XXX or EDUC 3XXX

One upper or lower division course from the Humanities Disciplines or Education (3 units)

ARTH, HCS, HIST, LCS, MUS, PHIL, RLGN, WGS 3XXX or EDUC 3XXX

Total Credit Hours:12

Track 4—Creative Writing

At least 9 units of creative writing; 3 units can be literature.

Select three 3 unit upper division Literary and Cultural Studies courses from the following
LCS 3403/ENGL 3403Fiction Writing

3.00 units

LCS 3405/ENGL 3405Poetry Writing

3.00 units

LCS 3410/ENGL 3410Creative Nonfiction

3.00 units

LCS 3412/ENGL 3412Advanced Creative Writing

3.00 units

One 3 unit Creative Writing transfer course accepted.

Select one upper or lower division Creative Writing or Literature Course
LCS 3XXXCreative Writing or Literature Course

3.00 units

Total Credit Hours:12
Creative Writing or Literature transfer course accepted.