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College of Arts and Letters

Institute of Humanities

M.A. Emphasis Areas

The Master of Arts degree in Humanities is interdisciplinary. Students will work closely with the program director to design a coherent program of study that encourages critical thinking, individual vision, and dynamic scholarship. Together, the student and program director design an emphasis area that is comprised of courses from across the disciplines and fields in the College of Arts and Letters.  These include art history, linguistics,literature, foreign languages and cultures, history, music, philosophy, political science, geography, sociology, anthropology, communication, filmstudies, women's/gender studies, and international studies.

Among the many emphases developed by students are the following: 

  • African American Studies
  • American Studies
  • Applied Ethics
  • Classical Europe
  • Comparative Cultural Studies
  • Contemporary World Issues
  • Digital Media Studies
  • Drama and Society
  • History and Theory of Film
  • Peace Studies
  • Post-Colonial Studies
  • Revolutions in the Modern
  • World Urban and Environmental Studies
  • Victorian Culture
  • Visual Studies
  • Women's Studies