Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities

Major: HUM
Degree Awarded: Ph.D.
Unit: GA
Program Webpage:

Program Information

Application Instructions

  • Admission to the humanities Ph.D. program is exclusively for the fall semester of each academic year.
  • All materials must be received by January 15th for the following fall. No late applications will be accepted.
  • All applicants must have completed an appropriate master's degree (M.A., M.F.A., M. Div., or other) prior to beginning the program.
  • All applicants must also have fulfilled all requirements of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.

Required materials are:

  1. The School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies application
  2. A statement of intent (750-1000 words) detailing educational and future professional goals
  3. A current academic curriculum vitae
  4. A scholarly or creative writing sample (scholarly, fiction, creative non-fiction: 5000 - 10,000 words; for length guidelines in other genres)
  5. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate-level work
  6. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores
  7. If applicable, proof of English proficiency
  8. Three letters of recommendation from former instructors attesting to capability for doctoral-level work
  9. $60 application fee, paid to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies

Additional Information

For additional information on the Ph.D. program and/or graduate teaching assistantships, see the Humanities Ph.D. website.

For any further questions regarding specifics of the humanities Ph.D. program application, please e-mail the PhD Program Administrator.


Foreign Language Requirement - Basic proficiency in two classical and/or modern languages, or advanced proficiency in one, in addition to English.

NOTE: It is strongly recommended that students orient completion of specialization coursework toward a specific discipline, and supplement required coursework with elective courses in that discipline.


Simona Bertacco
Associate Professor, Comparative Humanities

Director of Graduate Studies, Humanities

Pamela Beattie

Assistant Professor, Comparative Humanities

Nefertiti Burton

Professor & Chair, Theatre Arts

Ying Kit Chan

Professor, Fine Arts

John Gibson
Associate Professor, Philosophy

Director, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities & Society

Ann Hall

Professor & Chair, Comparative Humanities

Greg Hutcheson
Associate Professor, Classical & Modern Languages

DGS for MA in Spanish and Graduate Certificate in Translation and Interpreting

Dismas Masolo
Professor, Philosophy

Distinguished University Scholar

Kiki Petrosino
Associate Professor, English

Director of Creative Writing Program

Ranen Omer-Sherman
Professor, Comparative Humanities

Jewish Heritage Fund Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies

Nancy Theriot

Professor, Chair & DGS, Women's & Gender Studies

Elaine Wise

Assistant Professor, Comparative Humanities, and English

Jennifer Westerfeld
Assistant Professor

Director of Graduate Studies for MA, History