Gain scholarly competence through intellectual challenges in Arcadia’s interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Humanities degree program. Enrich your life with expansive awareness of English, fine arts, art history, theatre, music, philosophy, religion, history, and politics.
What to Expect
Selection of one course from each of three concentrations: literature; fine arts/art history, theatre, and music; and, historical and political studies, international peace and conflict resolution, and philosophy and religion
Additional course selection for the required 36-hours degree completion
Study and apprenticeship with faculty accomplished in their fields
Opportunity for study abroad and internships
From first enrollment to diploma, M.A.H. graduates prepare for employment in a variety of industries, businesses, governmental and non-governmental organizations, foundations, and charitable organizations doing, for example, editing, publishing, arts and theatre performance or organization management, museum management, and librarianships.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Both through its College of Global Studies and through its normal course offerings, Arcadia affords its students exciting opportunities to travel and study abroad. Graduate students in the Humanities may take up to 9 credits of their coursework in study-abroad situations. Increasingly, short-term study-abroad options—some offered in the summer, others at various times in the year—make it feasible for graduate students to travel and study abroad in ways that conform to the needs of their personal schedules. The London Internship and the Irish Parliamentary Internship are also available to those graduate students who might have available the time and the resources for a full semester abroad.
Students may arrange to pursue a Career Internship a single time in their program, although the Internship may not occur during the student’s first semester at Arcadia. While internships are not normally salaried positions, the University has no policy forbidding a student from receiving pay if the internship site offers it. An additional benefit of the internship program consists of its flexibility: a Career Internship in the Humanities may be arranged for any portion of the calendar year, so long as it meets the University’s minimum requirements. Students typically secure internships in the fields of editing, publishing, arts management, theater, philanthropy, museum management, and librarianship, to name but a few.
A program of 36 credits fulfills the degree requirements.
All students must take the following four courses. Attention should be paid, in planning one’s program—best initiated in the fall semester of the year—that the first two of the required courses are offered ONLY in the fall semester, whereas the third and fourth of the required courses are offered ONLY in the spring semester. None of the four courses is offered during summer sessions.
Each year, on a three-year rotation, the Humanities Colloquium (HU 650) is offered in one of the three “concentration areas.”
Since, again, every student must take at least one course in each of the “concentration areas,” it should be noted that the Humanities Colloquium may be used to satisfy this distribution requirement. For example: the student who might not otherwise choose to take a course in “concentration area” b, which area includes Fine Arts/Art History, Theatre, and Music, but who chooses, say, to take a Humanities Colloquium such as “Women in Modern Music,” will have satisfied both the Colloquium requirement and the distribution requirement, just by having taken that one course.
Students may arrange for a maximum of two independent studies (HU 689), each for 3 credits, over the course of the program. While independent study is not allowed during the student’s first semester, it becomes possible in any semester thereafter. Independent study allows the student to pursue unusually specialized work—work not offered in a normal course— under the supervision of a single professor, whose willingness to serve as the student’s supervisor has been secured in advance. Independent-study options must be explored with the program director before the student seeks to register, and requires the approval of a written proposal.
Choosing to Pursue a “Concentration” in the Program
As stated earlier, all students have the option of devoting up to 18 credits or half of their program to study in a single discipline or discipline area—or, alternatively, of spreading their coursework among a variety of disciplines and concentration areas. Neither approach is considered the “preferred” or “right” way to undertake the degree program. The student’s choice between these two options is made in consultation with the program director, and depends most of all on the student’s goals in seeking the Master of Arts in Humanities degree. Nor does this choice need to be made, inflexibly, at the outset of the student’s program; it may evolve as the student pursues coursework.
A caution must be offered regarding the choice of a concentration, however: the size of the faculty and the range of courses offered might differ considerably from one discipline to the next. The larger departments among the Humanities at Arcadia are those in English, in Political and Historical Studies, and in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. Fine Arts/Art History also constitutes a large department; but students in the M.A.H. program may undertake studio courses in the fine arts ONLY if they have the necessary background in studio art and ONLY if they have the prior approval of the Chair of the Fine Arts Department. This approval process requires an interview with the Chair of Fine Arts, and may entail a portfolio review.
That the size of the faculty in other disciplines such as Music, Philosophy and Religion, Art History, and Theater is more modest does not mean that students are prevented from seeking a concentration in one of these areas; it simply means that students interested in these areas have to have realistic expectations as to the range of courses that will be offered.
Intro Seminar in the Humanities
Introduction to the diverse methods and languages used in the humanities. Reviews the historical origins and growth of the humanities. Integrates humanities studies in and interdisciplinary approach by means of selected works from the humanities.
This seminar involves visits to galleries, theatres, museums, concert halls, historic sites and social and cultural institutions in and around the city of Philadelphia. The objective is to have students experience the humanities as living disciplines as well as objects of study. Prerequisite: Students must have taken the Introductory Seminar and done 6 additional credits of coursework in the humanities prior to registering for this course.
An upper-level course on the history of women composers. This course is offered for all students. An historical and analytical survey of western music through works composed by women with an emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries starting with the Middle Ages to the Present. By the end of the semester, it is the hope of the instructor that students will have a grasp of music history, music vocabulary, elements of music including: melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, and form, knowledge of women composers, and prospective on gender and music. Students listen to music, participate in class discussions and listen to lectures. Students are graded on class attendance and participation, quizzes, projects, and a final paper
The course in which students write their Culminating Project for the Humanities program; this is an interdisciplinary paper that draws on students' integrative skills and enables them to focus on a broad range of possible topics. Students also read and discuss a common body of texts in this course, and inquire into the methodological issues central to humanities disciplines. (old #498)
A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a recommended GPA of 3.0 or better with an undergraduate major in one of the Humanities disciplines. Applicants with other majors will be considered on an individual basis according to the extent of their undergraduate coursework in the Humanities.
One official transcript from each college, university or professional school attended. Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned; if not, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Transcripts must be sent from the issuing school in a sealed envelope and contain the appropriate signatures and seals to be considered official.
Two letters of recommendation. The letters must be of a professional not personal nature. If the student has been out of school five years or less, at least one letter must come from a professor.
A personal interview with the program Director.
International applicants should visit www.arcadia.edu/international for detailed information on admission requirements and application procedures. Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS are required for all students for whom English is a second language or who have not earned degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand). A course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts by an independent evaluation service based in the United States also is required.
All application materials must be sent to the Office of Enrollment Management.
Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. Students may start in the Fall, Spring or Summer semester.
Tuition for 2015-16: $720/credit
Deferred Payment: $40
Parking: $40/semester (fall and spring) before 4 p.m. No charge after 4 p.m.
Graduate students who have been accepted into a degree program and are enrolled for at least 6 credits per semester are eligible to apply for financial aid. Please visit www.arcadia.edu/financialaid for information regarding required forms and documents, most of which can be submitted online.
Graduate assistantships are available to all students registered for at least 9 credits per semester. Students may apply for assistantships upon acceptance and registration. Questions regarding graduate assistantships should be directed to the Graduate Studies Office at 215-572-2925.
Study Abroad Transfer Credit
In addition to policies regarding transfer credit, students may request transfer of a maximum of 9 credits of graduate study earned through the Arcadia University College of Global Studies, with prior written approval of their faculty adviser. Students who transferred credits taken prior to admission may transfer a total of 9 credits, including those taken through the Center.
0 entry-level transfer credits: Arcadia accepts 9 Center credits.
3 entry-level transfer credits: Arcadia accepts 6 Center credits.
6 entry-level transfer credits: Arcadia accepts 3 Center credits.