Master of Arts in Humanities

Major: HUM
Degree Awarded: MA
Unit: GA
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/humanities/

Program Information

The Humanities Division of the College of Arts and Sciences offers three concentrations leading to the degree of Master of Arts. Procedures and standards of admission to the degree program are given in the General Information section of this catalog.

For the traditional concentration, the applicant will be expected to have an undergraduate background of some depth in at least two of the following disciplines: art history, literature, classical and modern languages, linguistics, music history, philosophy, theatre arts, and religious studies, or in one of the following interdisciplinary cultural studies periods: ancient, medieval-renaissance, early modern (17th and 18th centuries) or modern. Those who do not meet this requirement will be required to take undergraduate courses before admission is granted.

For the concentration in Humanities and Civic Leadership, the applicant will be expected to have worked in a profession for five years (unless the applicant has completed another graduate or professional degree program or is enrolled in the Joint JD/MAHUM program). Scores from the GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, or other professional examinations may be substituted for the GRE General Test. A 1000-word Statement of Intent must be submitted to the Humanities Graduate Advisor before the applicant will be considered for admission.

For the concentration in Linguistics and the Humanities, which is a non-thesis option with a focus on the study of language, the applicant should have an undergraduate background which includes courses in linguistics. The second discipline or area of emphasis will be approved by the Graduate Advisor.

Curriculum

Traditional M.A. concentration (thesis or non-thesis option):

  1. A total minimum of 30 credit hours as follows:

    • 12-15 credit hours in one of the following areas:
      art history, literature, classical and modern languages, music history, philosophy, theatre arts, religious studies, ancient studies, medieval-renaissance studies, early modern (17th and 18th century) studies, or modern studies;
    • 3 credit hours in methodology (HUM 609 or 610 or appropriate substitute approved by the chair);
    • 6 credit hours in Thesis Guidance (HUM 645 A-F) or three (3) credit hours in directed study project;
    • 9-12 credit hours in second discipline/area.
  2. A minimum of 15 credit hours must be in courses at the 600 level, excluding thesis or directed study hours.
  3. Students who do not have one of the Humanities 591-596 sequence in their undergraduate record will be required to take one of these as part of their electives.
  4. Pass a competency exam in French, German, Spanish, or an approved alternate foreign language.
  5. An oral examination covering the content of the thesis.

Traditional MA with Thesis

Traditional MA: Non Thesis

(minimum of 30 credit hours)

(minimum of 30 credit hours)

12-15 credit hours in 1 discipline/area

12-15 credit hours in 1 discipline/area

9-12 credit hours in 2nd discipline/area

9-12 credit hours in 2nd discipline/area

3 credit hours in Methods

3 credit hours in Methods

6 credit hours in Thesis

3 credit hours of Directed Study Project

Foreign Language Competency**

Foreign Language Competency**

Example:

Example:

12 credit hours in Philosophy

15 credit hours in Philosophy

9 credit hours in Art History

9 credit hours in Literature

3 credit hours of HUM 510/610

3 credit hours of HUM 609

6 credit hours of thesis

3 credit hours of Directed Study Project

Foreign Language Competency**

Foreign Language Competency**


Concentration in Humanities and Civic Leadership: non-thesis*
(minimum of 30 credit hours):

  1. 12 credit hours in one discipline/area
  2. 3 credit hours in Methods (609 or 610)
  3. 3 credit hours in second discipline/area
  4. 6 credit hours in Internship (650)
  5. 3 credit hours Direct Study Project (655)
  6. 3 credit hours in Interdisciplinary Seminar in Humanities and Civic Leadership (636)
  7. No foreign language requirement.
  8. Demonstrated writing proficiency is required for admission.

*This program is also offered for a dual degree with the Law School (JD/MAHUM).  See the catalog of the Brandeis School of Law for details.

Concentration in Linguistics and the Humanities: non-thesis
(minimum of 30 credit hours)

  1. 15 credit hours of Linguistic coursework, three hours in each of the five areas:
    • Introduction to Linguistics: Required
      LING 518 Foundations of Language
    • Language and Culture: Choose1
      ENG 523 History of the English Language
      LING 621 Sociolinguistics
      LING 623 Culture as the Basis of Foreign Language Teaching
      LING 630 Language and Culture
    • Language and Structure
      ENG 522 Structure of Modern American English
      LING 535 Applied Linguistics for English Teachers
      LING 603 Syntax
      LING 606 Historical and Comparative Linguistics
      LING 610 Phonetics and Phonology
    • Language and Cognition: Choose1
      LING 524 Psycholinguistics
      LING 622 Psychology of Second Language Learning and Teaching
      LING 624 Language and Cognition
      LING 641 Recent Philosophy of Language
    • Any 500-600 level elective course in Linguistics, not already chosen: Choose1
      LING 521 Teaching Techniques in Foreign Language
      LING 590 Special Topics in Linguistics
      LING 600 Independent Study
      LING 605 Summer Workshop for Foreign Language Teachers
      LING 620 Special Topics in Foreign Language Education
      LING 625 The Teaching of English as a Second Language
      LING 690 Seminar in Linguistics
  2. 9 credit hours in a second humanities discipline or area
  3. 3 credit hours in methodology: Humanities 609 or 610
  4. 3 credit hours in Directed Study Project: Humanities 655
  5. Foreign Language Competency
  6. An Oral Examination will cover the contents of the Directed Study Project
  7. A minimum of 15 credit hours must be in courses at the 600 level, excluding HUM 655, The Directed Study Project.

For students who are pursuing an ESL (English as a Second Language) Endorsement, the above MA Concentration allows ESL endorsement coursework to count toward the degree. For more information on the ESL endorsement requirements, see http://louisville.edu/humanities/linguistics/esl-endorsement.html

Accelerated BA/MA in Humanities

Students who wish to pursue an accelerated Masters degree, will be allowed to apply to the Baccalaureate degree up to 9 credit hours of coursework taken for graduate credit. 21 credit hours of graduate coursework in addition will constitute the minimum number of credit hours for obtaining the MA. The guidelines for the Accelerated (BA/MA in Humanities) are as follows:

  1. Students must apply no later than the end of the junior year for admission to the accelerated program.
  2. A minimum overall grade point average and major grade point average of 3.35 will be required for admission to and for retention in the program.
  3. Student must complete the GRE and fill out the Humanities Division application for the accelerated BA/MA in Humanities.
  4. Student may take a maximum of 9 credit hours for graduate credit, which will also apply to the requirements for the baccalaureate degree in Humanities.
  5. The accelerated BA/MA in Humanities will be offered for the Traditional Concentration and for the Linguistics Concentration, but not for the Concentration in Humanities and Civic Leadership.
  6. Students who enroll in the accelerated BA/MA in Humanities may elect the thesis or non-thesis option, which ever is appropriate to the concentration and course of study.
  7. All students in the program will take either HUM 609 or HUM 610 to fulfill the "theory requirement".
  8. All requirements remain the same, including the foreign language requirement.

Faculty

Pamela Beattie

Assistant Professor

Simona Bertacco

Associate Professor

Terry Burden

Assistant Professor

Michael Hagan
Assistant Professor

Civic Leadership MA Concentration Advisor

Michael Johmann

Assistant Professor

Brandon McCormack

Assistant Professor

Maryam Moazzen

Assistant Professor

Ranen Omer-Sherman
Professor

JHFE Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies

Natalie Polzer

Associate Professor

Patrick Pranke

Associate Professor

Shelley Salamensky
Professor

Director of Humanities

Tatjana Soldat-Jaffe
Assistant Professor

Linguistics and Humanities MA Concentration Advisor

Karl Swinehart

Assistant Professor

Thomas Stewart

Assistant Professor

Steven Watkins

Assistant Professor

Michael Williams

Associate Professor

Elaine O. Wise
Assistant Professor of English
Chair of Comparative Humanities

Traditional MA Concentration Advisor