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Humanities

Graduate Programs

Concentrations

As part of their course of study, students elect to pursue one of three concentrations. A selection must be made by the start of the students’ second year. Please refer to our Course Descriptions page for a description of courses within each concentration. 

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 include Science and Victorian Literature; Poetry and the Visual Arts

History

History arguably belongs 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 also interdisciplinary, reaching out to other fields of study such as literature, economics, art and philosophy. Some examples include The Novel as History; The Western Esoteric Tradition; Gender and History; The History of Satan, and more.

Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies offers interdisciplinary courses that work across the boundaries of humanities and the social sciences, drawing on the methods, theories, and approaches of many disciplines--including history, anthropology, sociology, literary theory, and others—to explore 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.