Humanities, Master of Arts

Candidates for the Master of Arts in Humanities program will plan their course of studies with their academic adviser prior to enrolling in the degree.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

HUM 510Methods & Materls Humanities Resrch

3

HUM 510 must be completed during the first fall semester in which the degree candidate is enrolled.

All students must also complete one of two available thesis options.

Graduation Requirements

The successful master’s candidate will complete 30 semester hours, including a minimum of fifteen credit hours in the concentration, and a thesis project, while maintaining a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Graduate credit will be awarded only for earned grades of C (2.0 on a 4.0-point scale) or better.

All coursework and degree requirements must be completed within six years of taking the first class in the master’s program. Appeals for extension of the six-year limit must be submitted in writing to the program director.

Concentrations

All candidates for the master’s degree in humanities are required to select one of the available areas of concentration offered. Students then complete five courses within their given concentration. Additional elective course work is also required.

Concentration in English Language and Literature

Students choosing the concentration in English language and literature focus their studies on critical, sociocultural 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 sociocultural 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 that media. The concentration in English 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 nonprofit sector, public history, publishing and the arts

Required Courses

Students selecting this concentration must take five courses in the English language and literature concentration. Among those five courses, they must choose two of the following:

ENG 511Structure of the English Language

3

ENG 518Chaucer

3

ENG 580Literary and Cultural Interpretation

3

ENG 545Shakespeare's Histories/Comedies

3

ENG 546Shakespeare's Romances and Tragedies

3

HUM 570Topics in Language & Literature

3

The remaining three courses in the concentration may be selected from any coursework listed as English language and literature (LL).

Concentration in Art and Culture

Students choosing the concentration in art and culture focus their studies on sociocultural 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 sociocultural ways of understanding visual art and art history, film, dance, 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 prepares students for a range of careers or further graduate study, including work in media, museums, teaching, public relations, the nonprofit 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:

Required Courses

HUM 572Topics in Arts & Culture

3

FA 510Praxis: Visual Arts

3

ENG 535Film Genres and Genders

3

PHI 535Aesthetics

3

The remaining three courses in the concentration may be selected from any coursework listed as arts and culture (AC).

Concentration in Critical/Cultural Theory

Students choosing the concentration in critical/cultural theory will focus their studies on critical, philosophical and conceptual understandings and interpretations of humanities subject matter. This concentration focuses on the methodologies humanists may use to interpret and understand the narrative texts and visual objects they study as well as the larger world and culture around them. Students gain insight into the interpretation of culture, the formulation of critical, theoretical and conceptual responses to written, visual and performative media, and the diverse human experiences that lead to the generation of that media.

The concentration in critical/cultural theory is designed to prepare students for further graduate study at the doctoral level, especially in the fields of literary studies, philosophy, semiotics, comparative literatures, and critical/cultural theory.

Students selecting this concentration must take five courses in the critical/cultural theory concentration. Among those five courses, they must choose three of the following:

 

Required courses

COM 504Media Theory and Methods

3

ENG 580Literary and Cultural Interpretation

3

PHI 535Aesthetics

3

WS 520Feminist Theory: Visual Culture

3

WS 521Feminist Theory: Literary Analysis

3

The remaining two courses in the concentration may be selected from any coursework listed as critical/cultural theory (CT).

Concentration in Women’s Studies

Students choosing the concentration in women’s studies will focus their studies on the critical, philosophical and cultural understandings and interpretations of the role of women and gender in the development of history, culture, text and visual media. This concentration focuses on how the methodologies humanists may use to interpret and understand how women have shaped our historical and cultural notions of gender, and also how women have been vitally contributing to this debate for millennia. Students gain insight into not only into how women have been both celebrated and marginalized by dominant cultures, but will continue the work of rediscovering and re-conceptualizing the role that women have long played in society’s development.

The concentration in women’s studies is designed to prepare students for further graduate study at the doctoral level, for work in the non-profit sector, in higher education, or in other fields where the critical history of women is significant.

Students selecting this concentration must take five courses in the women’s studies concentration.

Students selecting this concentration must complete these two courses:

WS 520Feminist Theory: Visual Culture

3

WS 521Feminist Theory: Literary Analysis

3

The remaining three courses in the concentration may be selected from any coursework listed as Women’s Studies (WS).  

Special Master of Arts in Humanities Concentration

Students choosing the special concentration in the M.A. in Humanities program will have the opportunity to both design and name their own course of study. For this concentration area, students work with the M.A. in Humanities program director to select at least five courses from among the graduate curriculum offered at Wilson and use those five courses as the basis of their M.A. degree. The student must then both name the concentration and write a description of the degree’s goals, as well as apply to the College’s Graduate Studies Council for approval. If approved, the student’s M.A. in Humanities degree will bear the name of the concentration that the student has created. This process must be finalized prior to the completion of the student’s third course in the program.

Students will pair their concentration with HUM 510 and a thesis option. Students will also take elective coursework from the available M.A. in Humanities curriculum to complete their degree.

Elective Coursework

All students in the Master’s of Humanities program will complete elective coursework. Students who select Thesis Option 1 will complete three additional elective courses; students who select Thesis Option 2 will complete two additional elective courses.

Master's of Humanities Thesis

All students in the Master’s of Humanities program must complete one of two thesis options:

Thesis Option 1

HUM 597Master's Project

3

Thesis Option 2

HUM 598Master's Thesis I

3

HUM 599Master's Thesis II

3