Master of Arts in Humanities

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

Program Information

The M.A. in humanities is an interdisciplinary master's program offered by the Department of Comparative Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences.  It is designed for students who seek to integrate two disciplines in the arts and humanities, and/or historical periods, with community enrichment in one of three concentrations: traditional, linguistics, and civic leadership. Minimum of 30 credit hours.

I.  Traditional Concentration (TRAD)

With the advisor, students will design a program that combines two of the following disciplines or a discipline with a historical-cultural period. Disciplines include:

  • Art History
  • Classical and Modern Languages
  • Linguistics
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Music History
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Theatre Arts

Historical-Cultural Periods include:

  • Ancient Cultures
  • Medieval-Renaissance Cultures;
  • Early Modern Cultures;
  • Modern Culture*

II. Humanities and Linguistics Concentration (LING)

With an advisor, students will design a program that combines a specific set of courses in linguistics with another arts and humanities discipline or with a historical-cultural period (see above). This concentration aligns with English as a Second Language requirements for students who are interested in ESL certification.

III. Humanities and Civic Leadership Concentration (HCL)

With an advisor, students will design a program that combines one of the arts and humanities disciplines or studies in an historical-cultural period with arts and humanities courses dedicated to immersion in civic leadership, including internships. This concentration is ideal for students who are already established in a profession or who wish to pursue a dual degree program which combine a humanities masters with an M.B.A. or J.D. (see Dual Degree Programs).

Program Admissions:

Regular admission to the M.A. in humanities occurs twice yearly, for entry during the fall and spring semesters. The official deadline for fall admission is January 15 for the following fall. The official deadline for spring admission is August 15 for the following spring.

All applicants must have completed a B.A. in an appropriate field of study prior to beginning the program.

Applications should consist of the following:

  • The School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies application
  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • General Test Scores on the Graduate Record Examination recommended in the top 50% in verbal and on the analytical essay
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which is academic in nature
  • Statement of Intent (if required for the concentration chosen)
  • Proof of English proficiency (as requested)
  • Application fee

Curriculum

I. TRADITIONAL MA CONCENTRATION (Minimum 30 Credit Hours):

A minimum of 15 credit hours must be in courses at the 600 level.

Reading Competency in a Relevant Foreign Language

Students may fulfill this requirement by taking HUM 640 Reading Knowledge of a Foreign Language, by taking a reading proficiency exam, or by completing undergraduate coursework approved by the humanities director of graduate studies.

II. HUMANITIES AND CIVIC LEADERSHIP CONCENTRATION (Minimum 30 Credit Hours)

(A minimum of 15 credit hours must be in courses at the 600 level)

III. HUMANITIES AND LINGUISTICS CONCENTRATION (Minimum 30 Credit Hours)

(A minimum of 15 credit hours must be in courses at the 600 level)

Linguistics Disciplinary Coursework (15 credit hours)

Reading Competency in a Relevant Foreign Language

Students may fulfill this requirement by taking HUM 640 Reading Knowledge of a Foreign Language, by taking a reading proficiency exam, or by completing undergraduate coursework approved by the humanities directory of graduate studies.

*Arts and Humanities Disciplines and Historical-Cultural Periods

The following arts and humanities disciplines may be selected for inclusion in the M.A., with appropriate coursework selected from comparative humanities and other departments in the college:

  • Art History
  • Classical and Modern Languages
  • Linguistics
  • Music History
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Theatre Arts

The following historical-cultural periods may be selected for inclusion in the M.A., with appropriate coursework selected from comparative humanities and other departments in the college:

  • Ancient
  • Medieval-Renaissance
  • Early Modern
  • Modern

Faculty

Pamela Beattie
Assistant Professor

Simona Bertacco
Associate Professor;
Director of Graduate Studies

Terry Burden
Assistant Professor (Term)

Michael Hagan
Assistant Professor (Term)
Civic Leadership MA Concentration Coordinator

Ann Hall
Professor
Chair of Comparative Humanities

Michael Johmann
Assistant Professor (Term)

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

Karl Swinehart
Assistant Professor
Linguistics and Humanities M.A. Concentration Coordinator

Thomas Stewart
Assistant Professor (Term)

Michael Williams
Associate Professor (Term)

Elaine Wise
Assistant Professor
Traditional M.A. Concentration Coordinator