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Master of Humanities

Academic Load

The typical full-time load is three classes per term or semester. (It is recommended, however, that candidates employed full-time take no more than two courses per semester.) Most coursework is offered at night, on weekends, or through online or hybridized online formats, allowing timely completion of the degree to fit into most work schedules.

A maximum of three classes may be taken during any fall or spring semesters, and a maximum of two can be completed during any given summer session. Candidates wishing to attempt more than the maximum load must receive permission from the Director of the M.A. in Humanities Program in advance of registration.

Academic Probation
Graduate students must maintain a 3.00 grade point average. If the GPA falls below 3.00 or a grade of ‘C’ is received in any course, the student will be placed on academic probation. A student may be dismissed from the program if an academic probation extends beyond the completion of three additional course credits, or the student receives two course grades of ‘C’ or lower or one course grade of ’F’ at any time during their graduate studies at Wilson.

All students in the graduate program are subject to the Wilson College Honor Principle, the academic and administrative regulations, and the Wilson College Judicial Process.


Graduation Application and Forms
A student must complete and submit a graduation application to the Registrar by Registration Check-in Day two semesters before the anticipated graduation date. A fee will be assessed for late applications. If a student fails to officially submit a graduation application, s/he will not be eligible for graduation.

Housing
On-campus housing is available for qualified students in the program. For more information on housing, please contact the Wilson College Office of Residential Life and Student Development.

Independent Studies
Graduate-level independent study work may be allowed under certain circumstances. Anyone wishing to consider independent study work must seek the approval of the Program Director. Independent study work cannot be completed over the January term. For more information, see the Program Director.

Leave of Absence
A leave of absence for a graduate student may not exceed one year. See complete description regarding applying for a leave of absence and termination of a leave of absence in the current college catalog.

Time Limit to Complete Degree
All course work and degree requirements must be completed within six years of taking the first class at Wilson College. Appeals for extension of the six year limit must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Graduate Program.

Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Humanities Coursework
Wilson
undergraduate students may not enroll in a graduate-level Humanities course for any reason except as follows:

    • Students in the B.A. / M.A. in the Humanities 3+1 Program may enroll in the two graduate-level courses as outlined above; however, these classes do not count towards completion of the undergraduate degree but instead will count toward the eventual graduate degree.
    • Education students who are working towards possible certification in ELL may enroll in ENG 511 (as outlined in the proposal for the ELL Certificate) with requisite permissions.

Students who complete undergraduate coursework at Wilson College may not enroll in any course as a graduate student that they did as an undergraduate, even though the number and major area may differ.

Special Graduation Circumstances

December graduates:

  1. A student who completes her/his degree requirements at the end of the fall semester will have her/his degree conferred on the first day of the January Term. This date will be noted on the official transcript.
  2.  December graduates will participate in and receive their diplomas at the following May’s Commencement and be considered part of May’s graduating class.

Summer graduates:

  1. A student who completed her/his degree requirements during the summer will have her/his degree conferred on the first day of the fall semester. 
  2. Summer graduates will participate in and receive their diploma covers at the preceding May’s Commencement and be considered part of May’s graduating class.
  3. Diplomas will be released to the students in late September.
  4.  A student who has not completed all requirements for graduation must petition the Committee on Academic Procedures by the last day to withdraw from classes to participate in Spring Commencement if more than two course requirements remain to be met.
  5.  Regardless of the number of courses remaining to be completed, the student must submit a written plan to the Registrar outlining how the requirements will be met before the end of the Summer following Spring Commencement. This plan must be signed and approved by the student's academic advisor. The written plan must be submitted by the last day of classes for the Spring semester.
  6.  In the event that a student fails a degree requirement(s) during Spring semester of his/her graduation year, he or she must submit a written plan to the Registrar outlining how the requirement(s) will be met before the end of the Summer following Spring Commencement. This plan must be signed and approved by the student's advisor and must be submitted to the Registrar by June 1st.

In areas not represented here, the M.A. in Humanities Program is governed by the general academic regulations of Wilson College. For more on these regulations, see the current college catalog.

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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.

Q

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.