Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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Theory and Criticism (M.A.)

Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism
Field of Study:Philosophy, Other
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)


Western's program has established strengths in social & political theory and media & cultural studies, while maintaining its traditional strengths in critical theory and continental philosophy. What distinguishes the Theory Centre's MA program from other graduate programs is the serious attention given to intellectual history, and to its connection to contemporary forms of critical theory. Although the program emphasizes the study of theory as a distinct object of inquiry, and thus supports speculative inquiries about particular forms of theory, it also encourages students to engage with contemporary critical aesthetic, social and political inquiry.


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    Admission Requirements:
    ▪ A four-year degree from an accredited university with a minimum B+ (78%) average across courses taken in the last two full-time years of study.
    ▪ B.A. in a field in the Humanities or Social Sciences (however, students holding other Honors degrees will also be considered).
    Application Notes : Additional Requirements:
    ▪ Some demonstration of theoretical and/or interdisciplinary study at the undergraduate level is helpful, though the Committee may also consider candidates with a more general interest in and aptitude for theoretical enquiry (as indicated through grades, essays and letters of reference).

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on November 19, 2022