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Housed in the College of Liberal Arts, this program bridges four disciplines and draws on faculty members in the departments of philosophy and religious studies, English language and literature, foreign languages, and history.
In the Master of Arts in Humanities, you will link significant works of literature and their intellectual and historical backgrounds using the perspectives of the four disciplines represented in the program. Each core course engages Western and non-Western texts from ancient, medieval, Renaissance and modern times to provide context and help you make important historical connections.
Besides intellectual engagement and the chance to read influential works across disciplines,
an M.A. in humanities has many uses. Adding historical and cultural depth to your
educational experience — while mastering writing, research, and critical thinking
— can lead to the knowledge and innovative thinking employers seek. Use it to transfer
to a Ph.D. program, as a value-added asset for law school admission, to bolster content
knowledge for the common core or to complete a master's degree requirement for teaching.
No matter what career path you follow, you will engage deeply with authors of some of the world’s greatest books that are relevant to human problems in every century. You can view admission and degree requirements in the Graduate Catalog.
At the heart of the humanities program is the seminar, a unique learning experience that engages its members in a constructive dialogue. With a professor chairing the sessions, you present your seminar paper to the class, sharing your well-formed ideas and opinions, or thesis, on a particular subject. Through a dialectical process of inquiry, analysis, debate and criticism of your thesis, you develop rigorous thinking and public speaking skills.