IntroductionThe Master of Humanities program in the College of Liberal Arts provides opportunities for interdisciplinary study for students who wish to pursue individually designed curricula in the humanities. Study leads to a Master of Humanities (M.Hum.) degree.
The programs primary goal is scholarly, intellectual development, and thus serves diverse personal and professional needs. High school teachers who want a content-emphasis graduate degree, persons who seek a career change or a post-retirement graduate degree, and persons who seek a second masters degree in a complementary or even a contrasting field are among the many people who may find this program uniquely suited to their needs. Graduates of specialized undergraduate programs may welcome the breadth provided by this masters degree. Part-time study is the norm; full-time study is also possible.
At the core of the program are three seminars that introduce students to the scope and methodologies of scholarly research in the humanities. In cooperation with the program director, students design a personal program of study to meet their individual academic goals. The program thus has both a specific focus on the humanities and wide flexibility within the broad curriculum of the College of Liberal Arts. While anchored in the humanities, the program encourages selection of courses from supplemental areas of study.
The range of possible programs of study is intentionally wide. A student might choose to study the role of music in African American culture or the status of women in American religion. Another student might study the interrelations of art and philosophy in modern German (or French) culture or the politics and rhetoric of Cicero. The only expectation is that students pursue an interdisciplinary program of study having a focus in the humanities.
Students are encouraged to participate in specialized programs available at the university. For example, students may design a Master of Humanities degree in conjunction with the Womens Studies Program or the African and African American Studies Program. It is also possible for a student to receive a certificate in Womens Studies in conjunction with a Master of Humanities degree. For more information on the Womens Studies certificate, see the Womens Studies Graduate Certificate Program.
Additional information about the Master of Humanities Program and a program handbook detailing policies and requirements are available upon request in the Master of Humanities Office. For more information, see our Web site at http://www.cola.wright.edu/hum/
AdmissionApplicants for admission to the Master of Humanities program must present a bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours in liberal arts courses, with an overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in their undergraduate work. Applicants with deficiencies in their undergraduate work may be required to take additional background courses.
Applicants who do not meet the Regular admission requirements but who do meet the Graduate School admission requirements may be granted Conditional admission.
A maximum of three courses, normally not to exceed 12 quarter hours of credit, may be accepted in transfer for work completed at the masters level at other accredited institutions. Such transfer credits are subject to approval by the program as well as to the regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.
Students must submit as part of the application for the Master of Humanities Program the following items:
(1) Two letters of recommendation.
(2) Statement of purpose. This statement should be approximately 250 words long, and it should describe the applicants academic background and reason for applying to the Master of Humanities program.
(3) Writing sample. The sample should be approximately five double-spaced pages long, and it should display the applicants ability for academic writing. For recent college graduates, the most appropriate sample is an undergraduate research paper. For non-traditional age students the writing sample may take another form, such as a report written for an employer.
Students interested in pursuing a Master of Humanities degree with an emphasis in studio art may be asked to present a portfolio of their work to members of the Art Department faculty as part of the admission process.
AdvisingUpon admission to the program, each student is advised by the director of the program. While enrolled in the program, all students need to consult with the director at least once each term. In consultation with the director, students will select courses consistent with their programs of study, develop preliminary ideas for their capstone projects, and choose faculty to direct those projects.
Degree RequirementsAll Master of Humanities students develop an individualized program of study in consultation with the Program Director. Although this program of study must conform to the academic requirements specified by the program, it emphasizes each students particular areas of interest.
The program is designed primarily for part-time students; therefore, it incorporates a minimum of prerequisites and sequences and a variety of options. As a result, it is flexible enough to accommodate students who must balance graduate education with the demands of a full-time job.
FacultyParticipating faculty are drawn from departments throughout the College of Liberal Arts. A list of affiliated faculty and their respective areas of expertise is available upon request in the Humanities Office and from the Internet address http://www.wright.edu/cola/hum/
Ava Chamberlain, associate professor of religion
Financial AssistanceThe university awards a limited number of graduate assistantships annually to qualified students. Prospective students may apply to the School of Graduate Studies or to the program director.
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