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Master of Humanities

The M.A. in the Humanities Program at Wilson College offers a 3+1 Program for undergraduate students that will allow those students to graduate from Wilson College in four years having completed their B.A. and M.A. degrees.

Criteria for Admission into the Program as a First-Year Student

Students who wish to participate in the B.A. / M.A. in the Humanities 3+1 Program must reflect the following criteria at the time of admission into Wilson College as a first-year student:

  • a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale);
  • a ranking within the top 50% of the senior class;
  • a minimum of 15 units of college preparatory work in high school completed, including four each of English and social studies/history; Algebra I and II and geometry; two laboratory sciences; and two years of a foreign language achieved from a regionally accredited school;
  • an intent to declare a major in one of disciplines in the Wilson College Humanities Division;
  • a written statement in addition to the already required admissions essay that details the student’s intended course of study and goals for the degree.

Scholarships for Students Admitted into the Program

Every full-time student admitted into the B.A. / M.A. in Humanities 3+1 Program will receive a scholarship toward undergraduate tuition since the academic credentials that are required for the program are identical to our requirements for our merit scholarships. Students will carry their merit scholarship through their fourth year at Wilson when they are enrolled in graduate courses. This tuition award will be applied toward the total amount of graduate tuition provided the student is enrolled full-time.

Students will be required to maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA during their undergraduate study at Wilson in order to retain these scholarship funds

Coursework for the B.A. / M.A. in Humanities 3+1 Program

In the summer prior to enrolling at Wilson, the student will work with her area academic advisor and the Director of the M.A. in Humanities Program to map out an academic plan for her next four years.

Each student in the B.A. / M.A. in Humanities 3+1 Program will be required to complete a minimum of 13 credits during each of her first three years at Wilson. This will likely require study during the January-term and/or during summer sessions. First-semester students in the program may not enroll in more than five credits in their first semester at Wilson; after their first semester, the number of credits they attempt in a semester will be left to the student and her academic advisor.

In her third year at Wilson, the student will enroll in two graduate-level courses. In the Fall semester, she will enroll in HUM 510: Methods and Materials of Research. In the Spring semester, she will enroll in a graduate-level Humanities course selected under advisement with her academic advisor and the Director of the Program. These two courses will not count towards her undergraduate major, but will instead be counted towards the eventual completion of the student’s M.A. degree.

Also, late in the Spring semester of her third year, once the student is on track to complete her undergraduate degree, she will then be transferred to the Director of the M.A. in Humanities Program for academic advising.

Criteria for Admission into the Program as a First-Year Student

Once the student has successfully completed her third year of coursework, she is granted the B.A. degree in her major and may be admitted into the M.A. program for another year of study. Successful admittance into the program requires that student meet the requirements for admission for any potential M.A. in the Humanities candidate, with the exception of the following:

  • Completion of an application for admission into the M.A. in Humanities program;
  • Writing sample;
  • $35 non-refundable application fee.

In addition, each student will be required to have completed her thesis proposal prior to formal acceptance in the program. This proposal must receive approval from her program director and thesis committee no later than August 1 of her last year in school (the thesis proposal will be accepted in lieu of the writing sample for degree admission.)

During the summer of her fourth year, the student will complete two courses towards the M.A. degree. Then in the Fall and Spring semesters of her final year, the student will be enrolled at full-time status in the degree (three courses per semester,) including her thesis coursework.

The student will thus complete the program at the end of the Spring semester of her fourth year at Wilson.

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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.

Q

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.