The College of Arts and Sciences is the liberal arts core of the University of San Diego. It contains graduate programs in each of its areas: Fine Arts (MFA in Dramatic Arts), Humanities (M.A. in History), Social Sciences (M.A. in International Relations), and Natural Sciences/Math (M.S. in Marine Science). These graduate programs involve close collaborations of faculty with graduate students and add to the intellectual growth and activity of the participating departments. The College graduate programs emphasize critical thinking as well as effective written and verbal communication. All of the programs combine course-based and practical knowledge and prepare graduate students to better participate in their chosen vocations.