Humanities (MA)

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Master of Arts in Humanities (HUMMA)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (GA)
Department: Comparative Humanities
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Program Information

The MA in Humanities is an interdisciplinary, comparative, and globally-oriented 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. The MA in Humanities can be undertaken as an intensive two-year program, but there is the possibility of a part-time schedule for students with full-time jobs.

Degree Summary

Concentration (see tab) 121-24
Research Methods3
Thesis/Directed Project 23-6
Minimum Total Hours30

A minimum of 15 credit hours must be at the 600 level, excluding HUM 655. In addition to the coursework requirements listed above, some students may need to satisfy the foreign language competency requirement. 

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

Areas of Concentration

The MA in Humanities offers three areas of concentration: 

  • Interdisciplinary Humanities
  • Linguistics
  • Civic Leadership

Accelerated BA/MA in Humanities

Students who wish to pursue an accelerated Masters degree will be allowed to apply to the Baccalaureate degree up to 9 credit hours of coursework taken for graduate credit. 21 credit hours of graduate coursework, in addition, will constitute the minimum number of credit hours for obtaining the MA. The guidelines for the Accelerated (BA/MA in Humanities) are as follows:

  • Students must apply no later than the end of the junior year for admission to the accelerated program.
  • A minimum overall grade point average and major grade point average of 3.35 will be required for admission to and for retention in the program.
  • Students must complete the GRE and fill out the Humanities Division application for the accelerated BA/MA in Humanities.
  • Students may take a maximum of 9 credit hours for graduate credit, which will also apply to the requirements for the baccalaureate degree in Humanities.
  • The accelerated BA/MA in Humanities will be offered for the Interdisciplinary Humanities Concentration and for the Linguistics Concentration, but not for the Concentration in Humanities and Civic Leadership.
  • Students who enroll in the accelerated BA/MA in Humanities may elect the thesis or non-thesis option, whichever is appropriate to the concentration and course of study.
  • All students in the program will take either HUM 609 or HUM 610 to fulfill the Methodology requirement.
  • All requirements remain the same, including the foreign language requirement.

Admission Requirements

Regular admission to the MA 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 July 15 for the following spring.

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

Applications should consist of the following:

  • Online Graduate Application for Admission louisville.edu/graduate/apply
  • Payment of Application fee
  • A statement of intent (about 1000 words) focusing on the research interests or the applicant’s professional goals
  • A scholarly or creative writing sample (5,000-10,000 words)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate-level work
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores
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  • NOTE: GRE scores are required; however, the Humanities Graduate Admissions Committee will do a holistic review of all the application material presented by the applicant in order to make a final decision.
  • Two letters of recommendation from former instructors/co-workers attesting to capability for graduate-level work and/or work ethic
  • If applicable, proof of English proficiency (international students from countries where English is not the native language)

Program Requirements

Concentration (see Concentration tab) 121-24
First Core Area (12-15 credits)
Second Core Area (9-12 credits)
Research Methods3
Interdisciplinary Theory: Arts and Humanities
Methods and Theories in the Study of Religion
Thesis/Directed Project 23-6
Directed Study Project
Thesis Guidance
Minimum Total Hours30

In addition to the course work requirements listed above, students in two of the three concentrations need to satisfy a foreign language competency requirement. 

Concentrations 

These concentrations are designed to provide students with a broad grasp of the Arts and Humanities with special strengths in selected areas such as Linguistics and Civic Leadership.

In each track, students take a minimum of eight or nine classes and either write and defend a thesis or produce and defend a Directed Study Project as a final product.

Each concentration requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, with a minimum of 15 credit hours at the 600 level (excluding HUM 655).

Beyond the course work requirements outlined below, students in two of the three concentrations need additional credits to satisfy the foreign language competency requirement.


Interdisciplinary Humanities (formerly "Traditional" track)

Students in this track can combine the study of two disciplines or focus on the culture of a particular historical period. The cultural periods included are: Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance, Early Modern, and Modern

In addition to the course work listed below, MA students in the Interdiciplinary Humanities concentration must satisfy a foreign language competency requirement and complete a final oral defense of a thesis or Directed Study Project.

Interdisciplinary Humanities, Thesis
First Core Area 1,212
Second Core Area 1,29
HUM 609Interdisciplinary Theory: Arts and Humanities3
or HUM 610 Methods and Theories in the Study of Religion
HUM 645Thesis Guidance6
Minimum Total Hours30
Interdisciplinary Humanities, Directed Study Project
First Core Area 1,215
Second Core Area 1,29
HUM 609Interdisciplinary Theory: Arts and Humanities3
or HUM 610 Methods and Theories in the Study of Religion
HUM 655Directed Study Project3
Minimum Total Hours30

A minimum of 15 credit hours for the degree must be at the 600 level (excluding HUM 655).  


Civic Leadership

Students in this track are professionals; have completed another professional degree program; or are enrolled in the Joint JD/MAH or MAH/MBA Programs. They can combine the study of Civic Leadership with a discipline or a focus on the culture of a particular historical period. The cultural periods included are: Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance, Early Modern, and Modern.

MA students in the Civic Leadership must complete two required internships: one internal to the university and one external. There is no foreign language competency requirement for the Civic Leadership concentration.

Civic Leadership (Directed Study Project only)
First Core Area 115
Second Core Area, including: 19
Seminar in Civic Leadership
Graduate Internship (Civic Internship) 2
Graduate Internship (Internal Internship) 2
Elective (3 credits) 2
HUM 609Interdisciplinary Theory: Arts and Humanities3
or HUM 610 Methods and Theories in the Study of Religion
HUM 655Directed Study Project3
Minimum Total Hours30

A minimum of 15 credit hours for the degree must be at the 600 level (excluding HUM 655).   


Linguistics

Students in this track combine in a unique way the study of the interdisciplinary humanities with a specialized concentration in linguistics. Students take three core courses and then a minimum of two additional 600-level linguistics courses. Along with our Humanities faculty, students are able to study with linguists in the adjacent departments of Classical and Modern Languages, English, Philosophy, and Psychology.

In addition to the course work listed below, MA students in the Linguistics concentration must satisfy a foreign language competency requirement and complete a final oral defense of a Directed Study Project.

Linguistics (Directed Study Project only)
Linguistics Core Sequence 19
Syntax
Phonetics and Phonology
Language and Culture
Linguistic Anthropology
Six additional credits from the following:6
Sociocultural Linguistics
World Englishes
History of the English Language
Language and Social Identity
Sociolinguistics
Structural Linguistics
Structure of Modern English
Historical and Comparative Linguistics
Special Topics in Linguistics
Language and Cognition
Recent Philosophy of Language
Other graduate-level Linguistics courses
Independent Study 2
Special Topics in Linguistics (G)
Seminar in Linguistics
Second Core Area 39
HUM 609Interdisciplinary Theory: Arts and Humanities3
or HUM 610 Methods and Theories in the Study of Religion
HUM 655Directed Study Project3
Minimum Total Hours30

A minimum of 15 credit hours for the degree must be at the 600 level (excluding HUM 655).