The M.A. in Humanities is currently on hold and is not accepting further applications at this time.
The Humanities graduate program is interdisciplinary. It emphasizes critical theories and interpretive approaches that transcend disciplinary boundaries, as well as providing advanced study within various humanities disciplines. The program offers graduate-level study in art history, communications, history, literature, music history, philosophy, and writing, along with interdisciplinary topics. Drawing on the perspectives of the various arts and disciplines and various theoretical approaches, the program’s faculty assists students in developing important analytical, synthetic, and interpretive skills. The Humanities program has several organizations that offer students involvement in the discipline outside the classroom.
Graduate students in this program acquire an ability to interpret several kinds of "texts" (both literary and non-literary works); investigate them using standard reference tools; situate them aesthetically, critically, and socially; and write about them in scholarly and sophisticated ways. They learn to relate works from different genres to one another, to a pertinent critical or theoretical perspective, or to a significant issue. With the assistance of their adviser, students are expected to create their own programs of study, focusing on the analysis of at least two different academic disciplines and learning to make connections between them. The program culminates in an interdisciplinary scholarly or creative project.
Degree Conferred: M.A.
Open House, Dec 5, 2018
Fields of Study
Because the Humanities graduate program is interdisciplinary, it offers graduate-level studies in a wide variety of areas. With guidance from faculty advisers, students shape their own programs of study, focusing on the analysis of at least two different disciplines and learning to make connections between them. The following program strengths have been particularly attractive to recent students:
- Creative Writing
- Literature and History
- The Visual Arts and History
- Philosophy and Aesthetics
- Writing Pedagogy
Who are the students who pursue the Masters of Arts in Humanities?
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Graduate study in the Humanities can prepare students for careers in teaching, communications, business, government, and the arts, and for further study in the liberal arts. The intellectual content and expressive skills it cultivates are advantageous in many professions.