Humanities (M.A.)

  • Master's

About this Program

The interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Humanities program appeals to students with a variety of professional and personal backgrounds. From educators and working professionals to retirees and lifelong learners, the program’s students share a passion for the humanities and engage in exciting interdisciplinary exchange as they pursue their particular interests in the fields of history, literature, art, music, philosophy and/or religion.

Program Overview

Professional Advancement, Personal Enrichment

Whether students seek to enhance their professional expertise or pursue a topic of personal interest, they find in the program exciting opportunities to realize their goals. To educators, the program offers advanced education in their particular content fields. Past and current students often share stories of how they apply course themes and readings in their own classrooms. To working professionals, retirees, and lifelong learners, the program offers an opportunity to explore a topic of interest that falls outside their past education or current employment. From accountants and scientists to police officers and administrative professionals, many students have found in the program a chance to pursue a long-held personal interest in one or more humanities fields. Students may begin their studies in the fall, spring, or summer terms, and courses may be taken on either a degree-seeking or nondegree-seeking basis. (Contact the Graduate School for more details about the nondegree option).

Committed Faculty

A strength of the Master of Arts in Humanities program remains the quality of the faculty. All courses are taught by instructors who hold terminal degrees in their fields and are experts in subjects ranging from Renaissance literature, women's history, and African-American studies to American and European history, Orientalism, classical and modern philosophy, indigenous peoples, and film studies. To the classroom these scholars, researchers, and artists bring a passion for teaching and a desire to share their expertise as they help students to pursue their unique interests and expand their understanding of the humanities. Aware of the needs of part-time graduate students, the faculty are committed to offering personalized instruction in small, evening classes.

Customized Interdisciplinary Curriculum

The M.A. humanities program offers a 30-credit curriculum that allows students to enrich their expertise in a particular field through both interdisciplinary exchange and specialized study. In the program's foundational proseminars, students examine the central concepts and texts that shape work in and across the core humanities disciplines of literature, history, art and music, and philosophy and religion. From this foundation, students then enrich their knowledge of a specific topic or field through elective courses and a final research project.

Program Contact

Program Director


Larbi Bricha

Assistant Director of Graduate Admission


Degrees Offered

  • MA
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Aug. 22, 2018 -- As we near the beginning of the 2018-19 academic school year, the Graduate School at Hood College is excited to welcome all new and returning students! For many, this is their first experience with graduate school.

    To apply to the M.A. Humanities program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

    • A completed application to the Graduate School
    • Official copies of all college transcripts
    • A formal essay that discusses:
      • The applicant's academic and professional interests; and
      • How the M.A. Humanities program will help the applicant to achieve his or her specific academic, professional and or personal goals.

    Given the importance of writing in the humanities, the essay is an important component of the application and should demonstrate the applicant's formal writing skills.

    Program Requirements

    Required Proseminars:

    All students must successfully complete the following proseminars, offered on a two-year cycle with one course offered each semester.  Substitutions for these courses are not permitted and transfer credit will not be accepted as exemptions.

    FA 501Art and Music Proseminar: Aesthetics, Culture, and History


    HIST 501History Proseminar


    LIT 501Literary Studies Proseminar: Tragedy, Ideology, and the Tradition of Literary Criticism


    PLRL 501Philosophy and Religion Proseminar


     Total Credit Hours:12.0


    Students must complete four or five 3-credit elective courses.  Students completing the Thesis option will take four elective courses.  Students completing the Portfolio option will complete five elective courses.

    HUM 550Directed Readings


    HUM 560Humanities Colloquium


    HUM 597Humanities Internship

    1.0 - 3.0

    HUM 599AGraduate Writing for the Humanities


     Discipline-Specific 500-level course


     One graduate level course in a non-Humanities field


     Total Credit Hours:12.0-15.0

    Final Projects

    In collaboration with their academic advisor(s), students will complete either a final portfolio project or a thesis.  Substitutions for these courses are not permitted and transfer credit will not be accepted as exemptions.  They will complete one of the following courses:

    HUM 594Humanities Portfolio




    HUM 580Humanities Thesis



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    Academic Blazer Chat: Humanities

    Corey Campion, director of the humanities program, and Tara Scibelli, a humanities student, discuss Hood's humanities offerings and why the humanities field is so important.

    Fast Fact

    95 percent of our full-time faculty hold the doctorate or terminal degree in their field.

    All Faculty
    Corey Campion

    Corey Campion

    • Assistant Professor of History and Global Studies
    • Program Director, Master's in Humanities
    Jay Harrison

    Jay Harrison

    • Assistant Professor of History
    • Department Chair of History

    Karen Hoffman

    • Professor of Philosophy
    • Department Chair
    • Co-Director of the Honors Program
    Mark Sandona

    Mark Sandona

    • Professor of English
    • Chair, Department of English and Communication Arts
    Wayne Wold

    Wayne Wold

    • Professor of Music
    • Department Chair of Music

    Donald Wright

    • Professor of French and Arabic
    • Director of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies
    • Department Chair of Global Languages and Cultures

    Hoda Zaki

    • Virginia E. Lewis Professor of Political Science
    • Director of African American Studies
    • Coordinator of the Nonprofit and Civic Engagement Studies minor