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Humanities (M.A.)


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Our humanities program explores complex questions about the human condition and provides insight into how we understand ourselves and our role in today's world.

Our Program

Our master’s degree in humanities is a powerful and intellectually satisfying program that tackles the knowledge, skills and perspective required to research and analyze the human condition. The curriculum integrates core classes in the humanities - arts, ethics, history, language and literature, philosophy, religion - with interdisciplinary electives, allowing students to explore other fields and critically consider different perspectives on human and social development.

Students may choose a concentration that is theme- or problem-focused, such as humanitarian assistance, public humanities or religion, peace and justice. They strengthen the focus of their work by completing an internship or field experience that culminates in an action-oriented thesis. By studying concepts and ideas fundamental to contemporary human existence, our students learn to think more analytically, evaluate evidence more carefully, and communicate more clearly.

Our program may be pursued as a path to the Ph.D. in humanities or combined with other programs for a dual degree.

Program Spotlight: Impact of Technology

The Humanities and Technology Association holds its annual conference on our campus, giving our students an opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary scholarly gathering that explores the impact of technology on human life from a broad range of perspectives.

Beyond the annual conference theme, panels and paper presentations examine vital issues at the juncture of technology and society, such as politics and social life, representations of technology, artificial intelligence, and technology and education.

Time to Complete

2 years

Program Format

Evening classes

Application Deadline

May 1 or Nov. 1

Our Faculty

Our faculty are passionate about exploring the most important questions of human life and eagerly lead students on an intellectual journey through an integrated series of courses.​


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Humanities (M.A.)

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 Literature II 
  • HUM505: Global Traditions and Area Studies I 
  • HUM506: Global Traditions and Area Studies II 

Students also choose six of the following:

  • HLC516: Group Process
  • HLC540: Integrating Meaning
  • HUM510: A History of Technology
  • HUM545: Research Colloquium
  • HUM581: Special Topics
  • HUM590: M.A. Thesis
  • HUM591: Independent Study
  • HUM598: Internship
  • INR511: Philosophical Foundations of Politics
  • INR512: Justice and Order in International Relations
  • INR516: Identity, Harmony and Conflict
  • RHB505: Foundations of Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling


Students may choose to pursue specialized concentrations that are theme- or problem-focused. In addition to the required courses, students complete the four elective courses listed under their chosen concentration as well as a six-credit thesis or internship/practicum field experience.

Humanitarian Assistance

Required courses:

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

Public Humanities

Required courses:

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

Religion, Peace and Justice

Required courses:

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