The Master of Arts in the Humanities
is a graduate program with courses in the fields of art, history, literature, music, philosophy, and religion. This interdisciplinary degree is intended for students—primarily those with background in the humanities but also those from areas outside of the humanities
—who would like to integrate their particular expertise with corollary fields in the humanities
. We envision candidates from all stages of life—from recent graduates to retirees, including secondary education teachers in the local school systems.
Requirements and Concentrations
The 30-credit program is designed primarily for individuals with a baccalaureate in one of the following disciplines: art, history, literature, music, philosophy, and religion, or in a related field. Individuals with baccalaureate degrees in the social and human sciences may also find the program attractive.
The curriculum rests on a three-stage structure: Foundation pro-seminars; the Concentration; and the Capstone.
First, two foundational seminars—required of all students in the program—introduce students to the idea of interdisciplinary inquiry. These four- credit-hour courses—HUM 501, Humanities and the Western Tradition, Part I, and HUM 502, Humanities and the Western Tradition, Part II—offer both a survey structure of Western civilization and a core theme.
The core of the program is the Concentration, which comprises eighteen-credit hours. Each student, in consultation with an advisor, develops a plan of study for a cohesive concentration of no fewer than twelve-credit hours, or four courses. The Concentration can be historical, topical, or thematic.