Critical & Creative Thinking, MA (Health & the Environment)

Master of Arts Degree in Critical & Creative Thinking with a Concentration in Health and the Environment

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 30
    Credits
  • $375.00
    In-State
  • $617.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

In the Critical & Creative Thinking, MA (MA CCT) with a concentration in Health & the Environment program, students will combine the analytical tools of the humanities and social and natural sciences to understand the deep and multifaceted relationships between health and the environment.

Through coursework, students will: 

  • Analyze the diversity of interactions between humans and the natural world across cultures
  • Explore the ecological, social, physical, mental and spiritual consequences of humans encounters with the natural world
  • Apply theories of environmental justice and health justice in real and/or realistic scenarios
  • Examine and develop practical ways of responding strategically to the consequences of the relationship between health and the environment

Students completing this program must complete 30 credit hours, including the following requirements: 

  • Introduction to Critical and Creative Thinking
  • 12 credit hours chosen from a primary concentration
  • An additional 12 credit hours chosen through an array of electives from outside the primary concentration or from a secondary MA CCT concentration
  • A graduate project

More about the graduate project:

The graduate project for the MA CCT degree is intended to represent the culmination of a student's work within the program. Students propose and produce an independent creative project under the guidance of a faculty adviser drawing on their experiences throughout the program of study. The project may take one of a variety of forms. Examples include (but are not limited to), a formal research paper, development of a mobile app, production of a film or development of a project or program to be implemented in the student's community or place of employment.

More about the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking (MA CCT):

The Master of Arts in Critical & Creative Thinking (MA CCT) embodies the College of Arts & Sciences' ongoing commitment to personal enrichment as well as to the practical application of analytical skills and knowledge in a diverse array of both for-profit and nonprofit professional environments. This interdisciplinary degree provides a unique opportunity to pursue both breadth and depth within the rich and diverse landscape of the liberal arts and sciences. Students pursuing this degree will enhance their career potential by developing advanced skills and abilities necessary for critical thinking, creativity, and leadership. 

The online Master of Arts in Critical & Creative thinking offers several emphases including: 

  • Cultural & Global Analysis
  • Ethics & Values
  • Health & the Environment
  • International Migration, Development & Citizenship
  • Organizational Science & Leadership
  • Writing & Critical Reflection

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

    Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

  2. 3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. No GRE is required for this master's degree program.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

Students must complete 30 credit hours, including the following requirements: Introduction to Critical and Creative Thinking (3 credit hours), 12 credit hours chosen from a primary concentration, an additional 12 credit hours either chosen through an array of electives from outside the primary concentration or from a secondary concentration and a Graduate Project (3 credit hours).

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CACT 8090Graduate Project3
The Graduate Project is an applied student project under the direction of a faculty adviser. In the project, the student will apply interdisciplinary knowledge and skills gained within the program to address a problem or to expand knowledge within or across disciplines. The product or artifact produced by the student may take a variety of forms.
CACT 8310Ecological Writing & Analysis3
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop expertise in a wide range of foundational works and key techniques of ecological writing and theory in English. By engaging mindfully with these works and techniques, students will develop advanced skills in ecologically oriented critical analysis and creative thinking. This course supports the Writing and Critical Reflection and the Health and the Environment concentrations in the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking.
CACT 8306International Development & Sustainability3
This course introduces students to different concepts of international development through the lens of sustainability. The course explores a broad range of activities related to international development, including international aid, trade, philanthropy, interventions in conflict, peacebuilding, public health, human rights, social justice, and the environment.
CACT 8326Ecological Sustainability & Human Health3
The course will explore and develop the complex context of the systemic links among ecosystems and human health (and more broadly human well-being) using case studies including climate change, water quality, infectious diseases and agricultural production. Students will develop skills in critical thinking and applied research by studying biological connections between humans and ecosystems and how social, economic and cultural processes and practices mediate these connections. This course supports the Health and the Environment concentration in the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking.
CACT 8000Introduction to Critical & Creative Thinking3
This course is the foundational introductory course for the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking program (MA CCT). It focuses on the development of students’ skills as critical thinkers and creative problem solvers as well as the cultivation of students’ capacity to recognize and leverage tools, resources, and ideas towards finding innovative solutions to everyday problems.
CACT 8316Our Energy Future: Society, the Environment and Sustainability3
This course emphasizes a critical analysis of our energy options and their environmental, economic and ethical connections. The course includes the underlying chemistry necessary to accurately assess energy positions described in the mainstream media and ultimately to make informed, creative energy choices. This course supports the Health and the Environment concentration in the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$375.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$427.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1125.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$1281.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$617.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$669.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1851.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$2007.75
About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 15
  • Spring SemesterNov 01
  • Spring SemesterMar 01