Beginning in fall 2018, graduate-level scholars will conduct advanced research at the intersection of the humanities, social sciences and art and design practices. Building on a transdisciplinary approach, the new 1.5-year Master of Arts programs in Global Arts and Cultures and Nature–Culture–Sustainability Studies challenge students to extend the boundaries of traditional scholarship while critically considering emerging challenges of 21st-century life.
In Global Arts and Cultures students explore the arts—visual, literary, architectural, performing—in a broad sense to understand how they shape and are shaped by various global and historical forces, and to think about their present and future role in an increasingly connected world. Similarly, students in the Nature–Culture–Sustainability Studies graduate program develop dynamic methods for addressing the relationship between urgent environmental issues and current practices in the areas of art and design. In creating an original written thesis, students in these programs become hybrid thinkers prepared to make informed interventions in a range of fields.