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Master of Humanities

Wilson College Master of Humanities

M.A. in Humanities students plan their course of studies with the program director.

Curriculum

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.

Concentrations

Wilson College’s M.A. in Humanities offers four concentrations within its program of study:

The program also offers a unique Special Concentration that allows individual students to create their own Master’s degree, choosing classes from over a dozen areas of study. Click through to read more about each concentration and how they may fit into your plans for your future!

 

Graduation Requirements

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.

The Concentration in English Language and Literature

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:

  • ENG 511: History and Structure of the English Language
  • ENG 518: Chaucer
  • ENG 545: Shakespeare’s Histories and Comedies
  • ENG 580: Literary and Cultural Interpretation
  • HUM 570: Topics in Language and Literature

Three additional courses must be selected from any coursework listed as Language and Literature (LL).

 

The Concentration in Art and Culture

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:

  • FA 510: Art History Theory and Methods
  • FA 520: Contemporary Arts Seminar
  • ENG 535: Film Genres and Genders
  • PHI 535: Aesthetics
  • HUM 572 Topics in Arts and Culture

The remaining three courses may be selected from any coursework listed as Arts and Culture (AC).  

The Concentration in Critical/Cultural Theory

   Students choosing the concentration in Critical/Cultural Theory will focus their studies on critical, philosophical, and conceptual understandings and interpretations of humanities subject matter. The Concentration in Critical/Cultural Theory is ultimately designed to prepare students for further graduate study at the Ph.D. level, especially in the fields of literary studies, philosophy, semiotics, comparative literatures, and Critical/Cultural Theory.

   Students selecting this concentration must complete five courses from the following in the Critical/Cultural Theory concentration:

  • COM 504 Media Theory
  • ENG 580 Literary and Cultural Interpretation
  • GS 5XX Cultural Theory
  • PHI 535 Aesthetics
  • RLS 570 Theory of Religion
  • WS 581 Feminist Theory: Visual Culture
  • WS 580 Feminist Theory: Literary Analysis

Relevant Topics courses in theoretical fields may be substituted with the approval of the Program Director. 

The Concentration in Women’s Studies

   Students choosing the concentration in Women’s Studies will focus their studies on the critical, philosophical, and cultural understandings and interpretations of the role of women and gender in the development of history, culture, text, and visual media. The Concentration in Women’s Studies is designed to prepare students for further graduate study at the Ph.D. level, for work in the non-profit sector, in working for women’s organizations, in higher education, or in other fields where the critical history of women is significant.

Students selecting this concentration must complete these two courses:

  • WS 581 Feminist Theory: Visual Culture
  • WS 580 Feminist Theory: Literary Analysis

Plus three courses from the following in the Women’s Studies concentration:

  • ENG 535 Film Genres and Genders
  • ENG 570 Environmental (In)Justice in American Literature
  • ENG 570 Nineteenth Century Women Writers
  • FRN 542T Francophone Women Writers of Africa/Caribbean
  • SPN 542T Hispanic Women Writers

Relevant Topics courses in Humanities fields may be substituted with the approval of the Program Director.

The Special M.A. in Humanities Concentration

   Wilson College has created an option within the M.A. in Humanities that will allow students to craft their own concentration—in other words, you will design your own Master’s degree! Read below to find out how this innovative program works.

   Students choosing the special concentration in the M.A. in Humanities Program will have the opportunity to both design and name their own course of study. For this concentration area, students work with the M.A. in Humanities Program Director to select five courses from among the graduate curriculum offered at Wilson and use those five courses as the basis of their M.A. degree. These courses are not limited to the Humanities subject areas, but can be pulled from a wide variety of graduate coursework that Wilson offers in over a dozen fields, including

 Accounting Fine Arts
 Business  French
 Communications Global Studies
 Creative Writing Humanities
 Education Philosophy
 English Religious Studies
 Environmental Studies Spanish
 Film 
Students create their five-course concentration, name the concentration, and write a description of their degree’s goals. What does the final product look like? One student, for example, created a Master’s in Communication Metrics focusing on coursework in Data Mining, Media Law/Media Theory, English Syntax, Web Design, and Aesthetics, using courses from the Business, Communications, English, Fine Arts, and Philosophy departments! Another student combined courses in Cultural Theory and Cultural Interpretation with coursework in film studies, contemporary literature, and pop phenomena to create a Master’s degree in Popular Culture Studies.
  
   Once the concentration is set, the student submits the degree to the College’s Committee on Academic Procedures for approval. Once approved, the student’s M. A. in Humanities degree will bear the name of the concentration that the student has created. This process must be finalized prior to the completion of the student’s third course in the program.

   Students pair their five-course concentration with HUM 510: Methods and Materials of Humanities Research and the M.A. in Humanities two-semester thesis sequence. Students will also take two elective courses from the available M.A. in Humanities curriculum.