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Graduate Programs


Graduate Humanities Certificate Programs

The graduate Humanities program offers four certificate programs founded upon the four concentrations offered as part of the master’s in humanities - Cultural Studies, English, History and Creative Writing. These certificate programs are designed to provide students with both an introduction and an in-depth analysis of the respective subject matter pursued. Certificates are a great alternative for those who may not feel ready to enroll in our full master’s program or who simply wish to complement their existing education and expand their knowledge base in an abbreviated timeframe.

All four certificate programs require 12-units for completion and can be pursued either in-person or online. Students have a maximum of 3 years to complete the certificate. Students wishing to continue their studies are eligible to have up to 6 units of the certificate program applied towards the requirements of the Master of Arts in Humanities at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Please be advised that admission to a certificate program does not imply or guarantee admission to the master’s degree.  

Please Note: not all states are authorized for students to enroll in our fully online programs. Please visit our State Authorization webpage to confirm if you are eligible to enroll based on your state of residency.

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Certificate Options

History – History, especially our type of courses, arguably belong in the humanities. Our distinguished history instructors study not just the past, but how the past impacts the present: how the past can be used to illuminate the present and serve as a lesson in solving today’s social, political and global problems. These courses are interdisciplinary, embracing other fields of study such as literature, economics, art, philosophy, etc. Some course examples include The Novel as History, The Western Esoteric Tradition, Gender and History, The History of Satan and more.

English – At the heart of the humanities is literature. The literature classes in this program are interdisciplinary, adding depth and dimension to the study of literature by reading and interpreting it in conjunction with or through the lens of another discipline, such as science, art, music, architecture, etc. Examples of courses include Science and Victorian Literature, Poetry and the Visual Arts, etc.

Cultural Studies – This certificate offers interdisciplinary courses that work across the boundaries of humanities and the social sciences, drawing on the methods, theories, and approaches of many disciplines. Examining history, anthropology, sociology, literary theory and others, this program explores the ways in which culture shapes and is shaped by individual experience, social, political and economic forces. Students who are interested in making a difference are drawn to these classes that grapple with the questions and problems of today’s rapidly changing world.

Creative Writing – This certificate program includes classes in Fiction and Non-Fiction Writing, Screenplays, Memoir, The Novel and more. The MSMU graduate writing program's emphasis in humanities is designed for those who wish to hone their writing skills under the tutelage of faculty who are published authors in the genres of short stories, screen plays, poetry and more. The program appeals especially to those who want to become better writers by expanding their knowledge.