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Master of Humanities

Congratulations on choosing the Masters in Humanities Program at Wilson College.

 In these pages you can:

  • learn about the Admissions requirements, Program Curriculum, and specific policies that relate to the M.A. in Humanities at Wilson;
  • read about the opportunities that this program may offer you;
  • and discover the keys to your own future success right here at Wilson College.

Prospective degree candidates can use these pages to explore the requirements of the program, get to know the faculty, and examine the specific courses available in the program. Current Master’s candidates can use this site as a resource to answer questions about the program, learn about the steps to undertake when embarking on your thesis work, or understand the critical steps necessary to lead to degree completion.

The M.A. in Humanities degree has been designed to actively engage working professionals and serious students in Humanities fields in order to further continue and accelerate their understanding of the critical interrogations, processes, and investigations that mark the field. The program is built on the best and most current practices found within the Humanities Division and focuses students on learning to articulate their own expression of original ideas based on rigorous theoretical, critical, and historical study of the Humanities field. A significant goal of the program is to prepare students to genuinely enjoy engaging their intellect in a variety of Humanities subject areas while also focusing the student in an in-depth study of a topic that will become that student’s area of expertise. Ultimately, students will learn to conceptualize and write critically on a variety of areas within the Humanities before pursuing a particular subject area in which they can achieve expertise.

Students will enter the program from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many will be professionals returning to college to pursue graduate study. Others may come into the program directly from their undergraduate work. Local educators and teachers may also pursue this degree to develop their knowledge of their own subject areas and expand and refine their pedagogical expertise. Some may be embarking on a new career, while others may be seeking further opportunity where they work now. Some students merely wish to pursue the degree for their own intellectual curiosity, and to satisfy the personal goal of achieving their graduate degree.

Regardless of your motivations, this degree will aid you in achieving your goals, whether in your working life, through future graduate study beyond the M.A. in Humanities, or in the life of your mind. Graduate study in the Humanities can prepare students for careers in teaching and education, publishing and communications, non-profit work, government work, arts and arts management, and many other fields. The skills and knowledge gained though this degree, combined with Wilson College’s traditional hands-on investment in both you and your education, will only aid in making your education the experience you hope it to be.

Explore this website to learn more about the program. Should you have any questions please contact Program Director Dr. Michael G. Cornelius at mcornelius@wilson.edu or at (717) 264-4141 ext. 3308.

Register for the Next Upcoming Information Session:

Tuesday, March 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pa.
Norland Parlor of Norland Hall


 

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Below you can find answers for some of the most common questions regarding the M.A. in Humanities and/or 3+1 program at Wilson College. If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact the Program Director.

FAQ

Q

I have a job and can’t attend classes during the day. Can I still complete the degree?

A

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.

Q

I can only attend classes during the day—and not on weekends. Will that impede my progress in the program?

A

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.

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How many courses can I take in one semester as part of the program?

A

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.

Q

Why doesn’t Wilson offer graduate courses during the J-term? I’d like to get one done quickly.

A

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.

Q

I did not graduate with a 3.0 or higher—can I qualify for the degree in another way?

A

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.

Q

I see a course listing in French or Spanish—but I’ve never studied those languages!

A

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.

Q

Okay, I want to attend full-time. How much is the rate of full-time graduate tuition at Wilson?

A

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.

Q

Is the 3+1 Program for undergraduates really less expensive than attending four years of study at the college and completing just a Bachelor’s degree?

A

It may seem odd, but it is actually true. The 3+1 Program costs less than the regular, four-year undergraduate degree. For example, the cost of full-time tuition for four years of undergraduate study at Wilson College, using the rates for the 2011-2012 school year, is $105,480 (prior to any scholarships or discounts being added to undergraduate tuition cost.) Yet the cost of full-time tuition and attendance for four years of undergraduate and graduate study at Wilson College in the B.A. / M.A. in Humanities 3+1 Program for the same rates is only $95,190 (prior to any scholarships or discounts being added to undergraduate and graduate tuition cost.) This represents a savings of $10,290.

How can this be? This is because in the final year of study, the graduate year, the student will only be charged a per course fee. This represents a significant savings during the course of four years.

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Will I be assigned an advisor for my degree?

A

Yes. All M.A. in Humanities students are advised by the Program Director.

Q

The Spring semester is coming up—can I enroll then? Or do I have to wait until Fall?

A

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.

Q

What do I do with my M.A. in Humanities degree?

A

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.

Q

What is the deadline for application?

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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.

Q

What financial aid is available for students in the M.A. in Humanities Program?

A

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

Do you have a question not answered here? Contact the Program Director, Dr. Michael G. Cornelius, at mcornelius@wilson.edu.