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Master of Humanities

M.A . in Humanities program candidates will plan their course of studies with their academic advisor prior to enrolling in the degree.

 Required Courses

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

 HUM 510 should be completed during the first fall semester in which the degree candidate is enrolled. Students will be required to publicly defend their thesis.

 Concentrations

All M.A. in Humanities program candidates are required to select from two areas of concentration:

  • Language and Literature
  • Art and Culture

Students then complete five courses within their given concentration. Two additional elective courses are also required.

 

The Concentration in Language and Literature

Students choosing the concentration in 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 cultures that create, sustain, and define it. This concentration focuses on how the broadly defined constructs of text and media operate within culture, as well as how they transform it. Students study critical, theoretical, historical, and socio-cultural ways of understanding literature and literary history, film, drama, narrative, linguistics, and other media. Students gain insight into the textual process, the formulation of critical, theoretical and intercultural responses to written media, and the diverse human experiences that lead to the generation of said media. The Concentration in Language and Literature ultimately prepares students for a range of careers or further graduate study, including teaching, media work, public relations, human resources, technical or corporate communications, the non-profit sector, public history, publishing, and the arts.

Students selecting this concentration must take five courses in the 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 535: Film Genres and Genders

ENG 580: Literary and Cultural Interpretation

            MCM 504: Mass Media and Society

            HUM 570: Topics in Language and Literature

The remaining three courses may 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 create, sustain, and define it. This concentration focuses on how the broadly defined fields of art and media operate within culture, as well as how they transform it. Students study formal, aesthetic, historical, and socio-cultural ways of understanding visual art and art history, film, theater, and other media. Students gain an understanding of the creative process, the formulation of critical, theoretical and intercultural insights into artistic creativity and representation, and the diverse human experiences that lead to the generation of visual media. 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 must take five courses in the Arts and Culture concentration. Among those five courses, they must choose two of the following:

HUM 572 Topics in Arts and Culture

FA 510: Art History Theory and Methods

FA 5XX: Movements of Art History

ENG 535: Film Genres and Genders

PHI 535: Aesthetics

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


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.

 

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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

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

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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.

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

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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?

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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?

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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?

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.