Critical & Creative Thinking, MA (Cultural & Global Analysis)

Master of Arts

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    30
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $346.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $583.00

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The Critical & Creative Thinking, MA (MA CCT) with a concentration in Cultural & Global Analysis prepares students for global citizenship and engagement across economic, social, political and cultural contexts.

Through coursework, students will:

  • Explore the analytical and methodological tools of the social sciences and humanities to better understand the complex forces that influence local and global interactions
  • Learn about and prepare for global citizenship and engagement across economic, social, political and cultural contexts
  • Cultivate an understanding of the processes by which we construct our perceptions of societies and social environments

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:

The 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 and Creative Thinking offers six concentrations including:

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

Ramon Guerra, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Ramon Guerra's research and teaching areas include Chicano/a and Latino/a literature, postmodernism and 20th and 21st Century American literature, among others. His publications include Testimonio of 'When I Left and When I Arrived': The Mexican Revolution Era Immigrant in the Midwest, Mexican Americans Encounter the American Dream: George Washington Gomez and Teaching 'Story' as a Component of Fiction in Cisneros's Caramelo.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

  2. 3.00 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

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 15
Spring Semester
November 1
Summer Sessions
March 1

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
  • A Graduate Project (3 credit hours)

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CACT 8000Introduction to Critical & Creative Thinking3

Course Number: CACT 8000

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 8090Graduate Project3

Course Number: CACT 8090

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 8100Global Cinema3

Course Number: CACT 8100

A critical and analytic study of foreign films focusing on overlapping global issues. This course supports the Cultural and Global Analysis concentration in the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking.

CACT 8106Cultural Psychology3

Course Number: CACT 8106

This course will provide an overview of the cultural, community and ecological factors that play a role in how people perceive their environments. The goal is to investigate the ways in which culture affects individual behaviors, attitudes and cognitions. It may be easy to tell that two cultures are different, but identifying exactly what is meant - and all that is encompassed - when speaking about "culture" can be much more difficult. Culture can include everything from gender constructs and race/ethnicity to the effects of new technologies. All of these aspects of culture affect individuals' psychological make-up and behavior. Although psychology has largely developed from a Western tradition, attention to research from non-Western perspectives will also be emphasized.

CACT 8110Global-Local: Opportunities, Barriers, Engagement3

Course Number: CACT 8110

This course focuses on global cultural and social forces and how they interact to form nexuses of both opportunity and obstacle to constructive human engagement on a wide array of social issues. An overview of topics covered in the Cultural and Global Analysis concentration in the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking. This course will provide students with the analytical tools, collaborative engagement skills, and applied problem-solving techniques that will help students succeed in this concentration and program.

CACT 8116Geography of Economic Globalization3

Course Number: CACT 8116

A study of the geography of economic globalization and the geography of the world economy. The major topics include the historical development of the world economy and globalization from the geographical perspective, trends in geography of global production, trade and investment, the most important factors and actors in the globalization processes and its geographic effects, geography of transnational corporations, case studies of economic geography of selected industries and service activities, effects of globalization on the developed and developing countries. This course also supports the Cultural and Global Analysis concentration in the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking.

CACT 8420Mexico and the U.S. Borderlands: Two Histories, One Destiny3

Course Number: CACT 8420

Exploration of U.S.-Mexico Borderlands history and its pathways to current developments. It reviews borderland encounters, miscegenation, and wars between Indigenous groups, Europeans, North Americans, and Mexicans. It looks at the history of the drafting of the imaginary U.S.-Mexico borderline and follows its development until the construction of a wall to separate an undividable socio-cultural space. The course integrates a comparative conceptual approach to empires, nation-building, territorial expansion, identity formation, code-mixed English-Spanish uses, and state sovereignty.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $346.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $398.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1038.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1194.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $583.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $635.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1749.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1905.75

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