M.A. in Humanities

Our program develops advanced skills in research and writing, creative synthesis and problem solving. Foundation courses are supplemented with interdisciplinary electives, allowing students to explore other fields that analyze and critically consider the dilemmas of the human condition and different perspectives on human and social development.

To earn the master’s degree in humanities, students take a minimum of 12 courses (36 credits).

Required courses:

  • HUM500: Research Methods
  • HUM501: Social and Ethical Issues: A Global Perspective
  • HUM503: Global and Comparative Literature I
  • HUM504: Global and Comparative Litetature II
  • HUM505: Global Traditions and Area Studies I
  • HUM506: Global Traditions and Area Studies II

Students also choose six of the following:

  • HLC516: The Psychology of Group Process
  • HLC540: Toward Synthesis: Psychological Health, the Search for Meaning and the Wisdom Traditions
  • HUM510: A History of Technology
  • HUM545: Research Colloquium
  • HUM581: Special Topics
  • HUM590: M.A. Thesis
  • HUM591: Independent Study (art, history, English, philosophy, religious studies, psychology or politics)
  • HUM598: Internship/Practicum Field Experience
  • INR511: Philosophical Foundations of Politics
  • INR512: Justice and Order in International Relations
  • INR516: Identity, Harmony and Conflict
  • RHB505: Foundations for Rehabilitation Counseling: History, Principles, Laws and Ethics
  • RHB523: Cultural and Psychological Aspects of Disability

Concentration in Humanitarian Assistance

Through interdisciplinary electives in health care administration and international relations, students who concentrate in humanitarian assistance examine the roles of public health and public policy in emergency preparedness and response.

In addition to the six required courses, students complete the following four courses, along with a thesis or internship/practicum field experience:

  • HCA543: Public Health Administration
  • HUM510: A History of Technology
  • INR562: International Organizations and the Law
  • INR572: Complex Humanitarian Emergencies

Concentration in Public Humanities

Through interdisciplinary electives management and holistic leadership, students who concentrate in public humanities study the ways in which organizations can engage people with the humanities.

In addition to the six required courses, students complete the following four courses, along with a thesis or internship/practicum field experience:

  • HLL520: Leading Holistically
  • HUM620: Social Transformation Through Art
  • MGT501: Management and Organizational Theory
  • MGT555: Organizational Development

Concentration in Religion, Peace and Justice

Through interdisciplinary electives international relations, students who concentrate in religion, peace and justice explore the impact of social and religious identity - as well as modern technology - on the human experience.

In addition to the six required courses, students complete the following four courses, along with a thesis or internship/practicum field experience:

  • HUM610: Religion, Culture and Technology
  • HUM625: Ethics and Modern Technology
  • INR516: Identity, Harmony and Conflict
  • INR571: International Human Rights