Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities


The PhD in Humanities degree program is designed primarily for individuals who wish to conduct advanced research and to teach at the college level, but it is open to qualified candidates who wish to enhance fully their knowledge and skills.

The program provides students with a flexible, interdisciplinary context within which to pursue their studies, built on connections among specific courses and areas of interest. Each student plans an individual program of studies in consultation with an assigned advisor.

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, creative writing, 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 management 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.