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.

Click here to learn about Hood College's upcoming 2021 Humanities Conference taking place on September 18, 2021! Submissions are due by June 1st, 2021.

Program Contact

Program Director

Nick Masucci

Assistant Director of Graduate Admission


Degrees Offered

  • MA
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."

  • Academics
  • Experiential Learning
  • 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.

  • Academics
  • 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

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

  • Associate Professor of History and Global Studies
  • Program Director, Master's in Humanities
Lisa Marcus

Lisa Algazi Marcus

  • Professor of French
  • Co-Director, Hood Honors Program
  • Director, Studies on Women and Gender (SWAG)
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April Morris

April Jehan Morris

  • Associate Professor of Art History
  • 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
Maria Zuffi

Maria G. Zuffi

  • Professor of Spanish
  • Chair, Department of Global Languages & Cultures