humanities

Humanities (M.A.)

Graduate
  • Master's

About this Program

The Master of Arts in Humanities program appeals to students with a variety of 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

Tuition & Fees

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. For 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. Courses may be taken on either a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking basis. (Contact the Graduate School for more details about the non-degree 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. These scholars, researchers and artists bring a passion for teaching and a desire to share their expertise as they help students 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.

Degrees Offered

  • MA

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

  • A completed application.
  • 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 achieve their 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 credits will not be accepted as exemptions.

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

3.0

HIST 501History Proseminar

3.0

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

3.0

PLRL 501Philosophy and Religion Proseminar

3.0

 Total Credit Hours:12.0

Electives

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

3.0

HUM 560Humanities Colloquium

3.0

HUM 597Humanities Internship

1.0 - 3.0

HUM 599AGraduate Writing for the Humanities

3.0

 Discipline-Specific 500-level course

3.0

 One graduate level course in a non-Humanities field

 

 Total Credit Hours:12.0-15.0

Final Projects

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

HUM 594Humanities Portfolio

3.0

 or

 

HUM 580Humanities Thesis

6.0

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 30.0

Register for the JEDI badge through our Non-Degree Graduate Application.

Registration discount available for FCPS employees and for all other business partners under the NeighborHOOD program. For non-degree related registration questions, email hoodgrad@hood.edu.

Course Listings

Winter 2021: January 3, 2022 - January 21, 2022

  • HUM 599D: The African American Experience (3 Credits, online asynchronous)

Spring 2022: January 25, 2022 - May 14, 2022

  • HUM 560S: Otherness (3 Credits)

Summer II 2022: Registration begins April 25, 2022

  • AFHS 524: Race & Racism in America (3 Credits)
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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.

Program Contact

Program Director

Phone
301-696-3227
Nick Masucci

Assistant Director of Graduate Admission

Phone
Office: 301-696-3601 Cell/WhatsApp: 240-651-4015

Fast Fact

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

All Faculty
Corey Campion

Corey Campion

  • Associate Professor of History and Global Studies
  • Program Director, Master's in Humanities
  • Chair, Department of History
Jennifer Ross

Jennifer C. Ross

  • Professor of Art and Archaeology
  • Chair, Department of Art & Archaeology
Mark Sandona

Mark Sandona

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

Noel Verzosa, Jr.

  • Associate Professor of Music
  • Department Chair of Music
  • Program Director, Master's in Humanities

Donald Wright

  • Professor of French and Arabic
  • Director of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies
Jessica Hopkins

Graduate Student Focus | Jessica Hopkins

Jessica Hopkins, M.A. Humanities Graduate School Graduate Student

"There's an element of logistics that made Hood College the right option for me, as it's the only in person Humanities program that's convenient to me. Even though there are endless online programs to select from, participating in an in-person program was critical to my choice to enroll at Hood College."

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  • Humanities
Sophie Staires

3MT Winner Spotlight | Sophie Staires

Sophie Staires, Humanities M.A.'20 Alumni Graduate School Graduate Student

Hood’s 5th annual Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, an internationally recognized event in which graduate students use one slide and three minutes to present their chosen research topic, was held virtually for the first time this spring due to COVID-19.

Sophie Staires, a May 2020 graduate of Hood’s humanities program, won 1st place for her talk, "Justice in The Round House: Literature as a Tool for Social Justice." Sophie has been invited to continue on to compete in the 2020 Northeastern Association of Graduate School (NAGS)’s 3MT competition!

We spoke with Sophie to get some insight on why she chose to compete in Hood’s 3MT and how she feels about the opportunity to take her talk to the next level.

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  • Social Sciences & Humanities
  • Awards
Tiffiny Ford

Graduate Alumna Focus | Tiffiny Ford

Tiffiny Ford, M.A. Humanities'20 Alumni Graduate School Graduate Student

"The Humanities Program appeals to students with a wide array of backgrounds in business, education, science, etc.  As a result, multiple perspectives were expressed during class discussions which I found interesting and exciting."

  • Academics
  • Social Sciences & Humanities