Mica Graduation Requirements

If a student receives a « D » or less in the MPS program, they are released academically and may apply for readmission in accordance with the readmission policy. Students who achieve a « D » or « F » must repeat the course(s) within the next two years and are subject to the tuition rate per credit. Literature courses offer students the opportunity to read and explore genres in a variety of cultures and time periods. Courses vary based on: specific to the exploration of an author, topic or genre; or wide with different content and contexts. Many degree programs are called intellectual history or intellectual theory and may meet one of these requirements. Courses are offered at the 200, 300 and 400 levels. It is the student`s responsibility to be aware of the degree requirements and the potential consequences that omission/addition of courses may have on their academic progress towards a degree. Dropping a mandatory course could potentially delay completion. A course load of 12 to 19.50 credits is considered a full-time status.

Any student who chooses to fall under a course load of $12.00 can jeopardize financial aid and scholarship money, as well as their student visa status if they are an international student. Students who wish to take more than 19.50 credits in a semester will incur additional tuition fees. Students enrolled in a degree program must take at least 6.00 credits per semester to be considered for financial aid. The three-credit theoretical requirement builds on students` work in critical research and the requirements of the intellectual history course, this three-credit junior level requirement adds depth and weight to the study of theoretical concepts and assumptions embedded in contemporary views of visual and textual artifacts. Theoretical courses carry a TH suffix and are offered in a variety of disciplines, including art history (AH) and literature (LIT). Theoretical courses examine topics such as the different ways in which philosophers and critics understand and describe aesthetic, cultural and social products and phenomena, as well as the contexts in which they are produced and consumed; concepts and inserts for the ongoing debate on the role of theory in the study of art and texts and the relationship of theory to meaning and meaning in artistic productions; and the problem of reconciling the subjective response with objective theoretical analysis. A maximum of 18.00 credits may be used to meet the core study requirements for both majors. Beyond these 18.00 credits, all courses that meet certain basic requirements for one major can only count as studio electives for the other. If a course is required for both majors, it must be included in the 18.00 credits that can be « counted ».

In addition, students must complete two full years of dissertation, including exposure. This means that the thesis of a major should be completed in the fourth year prior to the start of the master`s thesis for the second major (in the fifth year). To report a double major, students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher at the time of reporting. Students who choose a double major must meet the requirements of both majors; Students with a double major earn a BFA degree. This six-credit course requirement (courses with the suffixes IH-1 and IH-2), usually completed in the second year, covers a variety of human disciplines – literature, art history, history, philosophy, and sociology, among others. No more than one IH suffix of art history (prefix AH) or literature (prefix LIT) can be used to meet the requirements of intellectual history. For graduate MFA and MFA programs that operate on the pass/fail system, if a student receives an « F » grade in an advanced seminar or a combination of mandatory courses that account for more than 60% of their total required credits, they are not in good academic condition according to their program of study and may be released academically from their graduate program. In programs with sequenced requirements, an « F » grade in a course may result in academic dismissal from the graduate program. Termination is effected by the Office of Graduate Studies in collaboration with the Director of Graduate Studies and the appropriate faculty. Students who have been rejected academically will be informed of the steps to reapply through the Graduate Admissions Office.

Students on academic probationary period must also have a special essay interview with their advisor in order to receive enrollment authorization for the following semester.