Flexibility for Inquiring Minds
The Master of Arts in Humanities (M.A.H.) degree is designed to provide students with an opportunity to enrich their lives through interdisciplinary studies in the Humanities. The coursework encourages the development of a broad and varied awareness of several humanities disciplines, and combines scholarly competency with intellectual challenges.
The four required courses all emphasize the interdisciplinary aspect of the program. The first, the Introductory Seminar, HU 500, serves as preparation for graduate studies in the Humanities; the second, the Philadelphia Seminar, HU 525, affords students exposure to the area’s cultural riches through a series of weekend field trips. The third, the Humanities Colloquium, HU 650, helps students view broader issues in the humanities through the lens of a single discipline. The last of the four, the Capstone Seminar, HU 698, includes among its objectives the student’s culminating project while at the same time offering participants a summative overview of the Humanities.
Students may opt for one of two basic approaches in undertaking the program: they may (a) choose to concentrate up to half of their coursework (18 credits) in a single Humanities discipline or concentration area, or (b) choose to achieve greater variety and breadth in their studies by distributing their elective courses among several disciplines of their choosing.
The disciplines included in this program are grouped into three “concentration areas.” Every student in the program must take at least one course in each of these areas –i.e., a single course from all of (a), a single course from all of (b), and a single course from all of (c).
a) Literature (i.e., the offerings of the English Department)
b) Fine Arts/Art History, Theatre, and Music
c) Historical and Political Studies; International Peace and Conflict Resolution; and Philosophy and Religion
Courses that fall outside the Humanities as the program defines them are generally not accepted in the M.A.H. for credit. At the time they apply for admission to the program, however, students may seek permission to take a limited number of credits (a maximum of 6) in selective courses in relevant disciplines outside the Humanities as normally defined. Such requests must be approved by the University prior to the student’s formal admission to the program.
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.
The Career Internship
This option is also increasingly popular among Master of Arts in Humanities students. 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, theatre, philanthropy, museum management, and librarianship, to name but a few.