Master of Arts in Humanities


The Master of Arts in Humanities degree program is designed both for individuals wishing to enhance their knowledge and skills and for students intending to pursue a doctorate in a humanistic field. Students seeking the MA in Humanities may thus elect a professional option or a research option. Students with plans for doctoral study should choose the research option. The research option requires students to demonstrate proficiency in an approved foreign language and to complete a thesis.

Students may concentrate within one of the three main areas of study:

  • History of Ideas which concentrates on history and philosophy.
  • Literature which concentrates on literature, language, rhetoric, translation studies and
    creative writing.
  • Visual and Performing Arts which concentrates on visual and performing arts, art history and
    film studies.

All students must take at least two seminars in each of these three main areas of study.

Career Options

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: teacher/educator, researcher, administrator, archivist, writer, museum curator, non-profit manager and other positions in research or professional practice. Career settings may include higher education, non-profits, cultural and historical organizations, government agencies, international development organizations, publishing houses, museums and archives, business/corporate entities and independent consulting.

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Normally students applying for admission to the Graduate Program in Humanities should have previous academic degrees (BA or MA) in arts and humanities fields and a grade point average of 3.3 (especially in upper-division undergraduate or graduate work).

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.