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Institute of Humanities




M.A. Emphasis Areas

The Master of Arts in Humanities is interdisciplinary in focus. Choosing from more than 70 graduate-level courses offered through various departments of the College of Arts and Letters each semester, students may select their own emphasis and design a program in order to meet their own intellectual and professional objectives, or they may select a pre-approved concentration with a more structured program of study. 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

·         Geography

·         Philosophy

·         Media Studies

·         Religious Studies

·         Visual Studies

·         Women’s Studies

Focalization Areas

The Institute is currently developing strength areas in the digital humanities and humanities in the Hampton Roads, around which we hope to generate grant funded collaborations and graduate student resources. These areas are also intended to serve as thematic anchors that students carry with them across their individualized and interdisciplinary course of study, proving grounded opportunities for students to develop coherent programs of study within the Institute’s flexible curriculum. These areas of focalization also provide opportunity for students taking varied courses to form community.