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 2019 Humanities Conference taking place on September 14, 2019!

Program Contact

Corey Campion

Program Director

Tanith Fowler Corsi

Director of Graduate Admission


Degrees Offered

  • MA
Tiffany Govender

The 2019 Outstanding Humanities Student Award

Tiffany Govender | Outstanding Humanities Student Awardee Graduate School Graduate Student

The Lisa Ann Sullivan Outstanding Humanities Student Award was presented to Tiffany Govender, M.A. Humanities

  • Academics
  • Social Sciences & Humanities
  • Awards
Corey Campion, Ph.D.

Hood College Faculty Co-Direct NEH-Funded Seminar on World War I

Corey Campion, Ph.D., Humanities M.A. Program Director Faculty Graduate Student

Hood College Humanities M.A. program director, Corey Campion, Ph.D., and Trevor Dodman, PhD., co-direct an NEH-funded WWI seminar this summer

  • Academics
  • Research
  • Social Sciences & Humanities
Robert DeBarba

Why the Humanities?

Robert DeBarba Graduate Student

The humanities program has helped Robert DeBarba improve his analytical and big-picture thinking.

  • Academics

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

Karen Hoffman

  • Professor of Philosophy
  • Department Chair
  • Co-Director of the Honors Program
Lisa Marcus (she/her pronouns)

Lisa Algazi Marcus

  • Professor of French and Program Director, Studies on Women and Gender (SWAG)
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Mark Sandona

Mark Sandona

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

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