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in Humanities students plan their course of studies with the program director.
All M.A. in Humanities program candidates are required to complete the following:
HUM 510 Methods and Materials of Research in the Humanities
HUM 598 Master’s Thesis I
HUM 599 Master’s Thesis II
All students select one concentration from the list below, or designs their own through the “Special Concentration” option.
Wilson College’s M.A. in Humanities offers four concentrations within its program of study:
The successful M.A. candidate will complete 10 course credits, which includes 2 course credits of Master’s Thesis, while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Graduate course credit will be awarded only for earned grades of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better.
All course work and degree requirements must be completed within six years of taking the first class in the M.A. Program. Appeals for extension of the six-year limit must be submitted in writing to the Program Director.
Students choosing the concentration in English Language and Literature will focus their studies on critical, socio-cultural, and historical understandings and interpretations of written media and its influence on and interrelationship with the larger culture that creates, sustains, and defines it. The Concentration in English Language and Literature ultimately prepares students for further graduate study or a range of careers in areas including teaching, media work, public relations, technical or corporate communications, the non-profit sector, and publishing.
Students selecting this concentration complete five courses in the English Language and Literature concentration. Among those five courses, they must choose two of the following:
Three additional courses must be selected from any coursework listed as Language and Literature (LL).
Students choosing the concentration in Art and Culture will focus their studies on critical, socio-cultural, and historical understandings and interpretations of visual media and its influence on and interrelationship with the larger cultures that creates, sustains, and defines it. The Concentration in Art and Culture ultimately prepares students for a range of careers or further graduate study, including media work, museum work, teaching, public relations, the non-profit sector, public history, and the arts.
Students selecting this concentration complete five courses in the Arts and Culture concentration. Among those five courses, they must choose two of the following:
The remaining three courses may be selected from any coursework listed as Arts and Culture (AC).
Relevant Topics courses in theoretical fields may be substituted with the approval of the Program Director.
Plus three courses from the following in the Women’s Studies concentration:
Relevant Topics courses in Humanities fields may be substituted with the approval of the Program Director.
Enrollment of Non-Degree Students in M.A. in Humanities courses
Non-degree students may enroll in any course for which they have the necessary prerequisites with the approval of the Director of the Program. A student must be formally admitted to the Program prior to enrolling in the fourth course in order for the prior coursework to count towards the degree.
Provisional status allows a student to enroll in graduate classes in order to qualify for admission to the degree program. A student may be granted provisional status by the Program Director after a plan of action is developed which will assist the student to meet the entrance requirements of the program.
If a student is granted provisional status, the student must first satisfactorily complete the educational plan approved by the program director with a GPA of 3.0 or higher before being officially admitted to the program.
At the discretion of the Program Director, no more than two courses may be transferred into the M.A. in Humanities program. For a course to transfer, the grade in the course must be 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale and the subject area, goals, and outcomes must be similar to that of courses designed for the M.A. in Humanities program. Students may be required to present supporting materials (such as a syllabus, assignments, etc.) beyond an official transcript when transferring in a class
The M.A. in Humanities Program at Wilson College offers competitive Graduate Assistantships for qualified students. If accepted, the Graduate Assistant works 15 hours per week during the regular semester on campus. In return, the student receives tuition remission for coursework taken in completion of the M.A. in Humanities degree during the course of the academic Fall and Spring semester (Note: Tuition benefits received are taxable.) The positions run for one year, and are renewable for a second (but may not be renewed after two years.) During the assistantship, the student must complete a minimum of two but no more than three courses in a given semester (for a total of five.) The student’s schedule would be selected with her/his academic advisor. If the student elects to take summer course offerings, the tuition costs for those classes would not be forgiven through the Graduate Assistantship. In order to be eligible for an assistantship, students must be accepted into the M.A. in Humanities program. Students interested in applying for a Graduate Assistantship must apply separately from their admission to the program. To apply, please submit a letter of application and a resume to the Program Director.
The assistantships listed below are ones currently offered by the program. To see which assistantships are available in a given year, please contact the Program Director.
Graduate Assistant in the College Writing Center—Duties and Responsibilities
Graduate Assistant in the College Admissions Office—Duties and Responsibilities
Graduate Assistant in the College’s Hankey Center Archives—Duties and Responsibilities
For questions or for more information, please contact the Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the 2014/2015 academic year, graduate courses at Wilson cost a total of $1360 per course. The M.A. in Humanities is a total of ten courses; to calculate the total cost of your degree, please multiply the cost per course times ten.
There are no fees associated with the M.A. in Humanities program.
All students admitted into the program are eligible to apply for Graduate Assistantships and may be eligible to qualify for student loans. For more on Assistantships, please see the tab marked “Graduate Assistantships” on the main M.A. in Humanities page. For more on applying for student loans, please contact our Office of Financial Aid at email@example.com.
This program offers unique opportunities for professional and intellectual development for a wide variety of students. Thus in creating this program we strove to be
This degree allows you to fashion an education that is tailored to meet your specific goals. The result is a student with a degree that is highly employable and also well-prepared for further study beyond the M.A.
The degree is designed largely for the following audiences:
Students who graduate from our program have a wide array of opportunities available to them. Many students completing the degree will do so because of opportunities with their current employer. Our degree allows for great flexibility—both in scheduling courses and in course selection—allowing candidates to shape a program that will enable them to meet their specific career-related needs.
However, many degree-seekers will enroll in the degree to better their current career opportunities. The MA in Humanities stresses intellectual skills and educational abilities that will further the opportunities for students in a wide range of fields and workplace settings, including communication offices, educational institutions, public relation firms and offices, museums and non-profits, media organizations—the list is potentially endless. Again, you will take a strong hand in shaping your program to best meet your future goals. This as graduate study as you need it.
Whatever the opportunity you seek, this program is focused on helping you achieve it.
Below you can find answers for some of the most common questions regarding the M.A. in Humanities at Wilson College. If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact the Program Directo
r, Dr. Michael G. Cornelius, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Absolutely! Most courses in the M.A. in Humanities degree are offered at nights, during weekends, or through online formats. A student who can only attend courses during those time periods can graduate as quickly as any other.
I’m afraid some of the required courses are offered only at night. Students must be available to take some night classes as part of the degree.
You may take a maximum of three courses in any Fall or Spring semester while you are completing the M.A. degree. Three courses is equivalent to full-time study for graduate study. Students can petition the Program Director to take more than three courses, but permission will only be given under exceptional circumstances. Students may only take one graduate-level course during Wilson’s summer sessions. The program does not offer courses during the January term.
The three-week, intensive format the J-term offers is not conducive to graduate study. The program will not be offering classes in that time period.
Yes. While the College recommends a minimum 3.0 GPA for entrance into the MA, the degree also has a provisional status that allows a student to enroll in graduate classes in order to qualify for admission to the degree program. A student may be granted provisional status by the Program Director after a plan of action is developed which will assist the student to meet the entrance requirements of the program. If a student is granted provisional status, the student must first satisfactorily complete the educational plan approved by the program director with a GPA of 3.0 or higher before being officially admitted to the program.
Graduate course offerings in French Humanities or Spanish Humanities are offered in translation—meaning that they are open to any student who is matriculated in the graduate program. Prior knowledge of the language and culture are certainly helpful in these classes, but the texts will be studied in English, not the original language.
Wilson does not have a full-time rate for graduate study. Students are charged per course, whether they take one, two, or three courses in any given semester. To learn what the current charge per course at Wilson College is, please contact the Wilson College Office of Financial Aid.
Yes. All M.A. in Humanities students are advised by the Program Director.
There is no need to wait for the Fall semester to enroll. Students may enroll in any semester graduate coursework is offered. However, all students are required to take HUM 510: Materials and Methods of Research in the Humanities during their first Fall semester.
This degree is designed to be quite versatile to meet individual students’ needs. Some students will move on to advanced degrees in selected fields, including Ph.D.s and M.F.A. degrees. Other students will move into the workforce in a field that will appreciate the skills and knowledge obtained through the program. For more on where this degree may take you, see the “Beyond the M.A.” section in this packet.
Wilson has a rolling admissions deadline—meaning that students can apply for the MA at anytime during the year and begin work on the degree in the next available semester.
Students in the M.A. in Humanities Program are eligible to apply for Wilson College Graduate Assistantships and/or federal student loans. For more information on applying for a Graduate Assistantship, please see the Tab marked “Graduate Assistantships” on the main M.A. in Humanities page. For more information on obtaining loans for graduate study, please contact the Wilson College Office of Financial Aid