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Degree Requirements

The MA in Humanities is a 30-unit program supported by several Mount Saint Mary’s University humanities-related departments. The departments involved include EnglishHistory, and Cultural Studies. Students in the program may elect to have a primary concentration in one of these areas by completing a total of four courses (12 units) in their area of choice. These units are part of the 30-unit total.

Introduction to the Humanities HUM 298A (3 units, Required): Taken in the student's first semester, this seminar explores the nature of the Humanities tradition and provides an introduction to graduate-level research methods and academic writing.

Core Courses (9 Units, Required): At the heart of the program is a series of three required courses, each of which is an interdisciplinary research and writing seminar designed to prepare the student for his or her thesis or final project. Students may take these seminars in any order as long as they complete one in each of the three core areas - English, history, and cultural studies. Students also have the opportunity to earn credit for Travel Study courses to places such as Ireland, China, Hawaii, Ghana, El Salvador, etc. under the direction of one or more Humanities professors.

Elective Courses: For the remaining 15 units or 6 courses students may choose from interdisciplinary classes that explore the interrelatedness of various disciplines of study. Or they may elect to concentrate in English, Creative Writing, History, or Cultural Studies by choosing a total of 12 units (4 courses) in their area of concentration.

Culmination Course: To complete the Master’s degree, each student submits an original, graduate-level project, or thesis (3 units). This work is done under the supervision of a thesis advisor. If a student chooses to do a project instead of a traditional thesis, a written component (essay) is required that places the project in a context that reflects the student’s cumulative experience in the program.

Some students may opt for a traditional Master’s thesis. Others may be encouraged to consider a project or thesis that draws upon the resources of the community surrounding the Doheny campus. Faculty as well are encouraged to draw upon this racially and culturally diverse neighborhood in designing the content and methodology of their courses. 

3 units Intro; 9 units Core Courses; 15 units Electives; 3 units Capstone

Student learning is at the core of the MSMU mission.  MSMU faculty developed a plan to assess the student-learning outcomes that represent the knowledge, skills and attitudes expected of a graduate Humanities student.  In your classes, one or more student learning outcomes will be assessed during the academic year.  Some of your class assignments may be used to evaluate overall student learning and to improve teaching and learning in this class, this department, and throughout the University.  For any questions about MSMU's assessment project, please email Jane Crawford, assessment liaison for the Humanities Program,