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The Master of Humanities program offers a unique, flexible, interdisciplinary opportunity for graduate study, whether you are a traditional or non-traditional student.
You will explore questions from diverse perspectives rather than concentrate your study within a single discipline. Your program of study might focus on a historical period, a cultural region, or a social or artistic theme, and may combine, for example, ancient and modern cultures, literature and politics, philosophy and art, or history and religion.
The program is flexible because you design, in consultation with the director, your integrated individualized curriculum, pursue full-time or part-time study, and attend evening or day classes.
Your courses may be drawn from offerings throughout the College of Liberal Arts, including anthropology, art and art history, classics, communications, music history, philosophy, political science, religion, sociology, theatre, and urban studies. You may choose to participate in other established interdisciplinary programs, such as the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program and the African and African American Studies program. Electives may be taken in other colleges when they are related to a student's goals and focus of study.
The degree career path for humanities majors is sometimes not as direct as with other degree programs. However, because of the skills you acquire—communication, critical thinking, problem solving, data assessment, research and argumentation, time management—humanities students often find the doors open to them in a wide variety of professions, including the following:
Wright State graduate student Angela Reichelderfer's exhibit featuring historical dresses is on display at the Stein Galleries in the Creative Arts Center through Feb. 17.
Heather Lea Reid, an alumna of the Master of Humanities Program, recently gave a paper at the Southeastern College Art Conference in Columbus. Her talk was based on the capstone project she did for her MHUM degree and was entitled "Know Your Place: Women in Art (Part 2)". Heather is pictured here standing in front of some of her own artwork, which she exhibits regularly throughout Ohio.
The Humanities program may be conceived as a pyramid, the broad base of which is formed by two seminars, Humanities 7000 and 7100. These seminars help you develop research skills appropriate for advanced scholarship in the humanities and introduce you to the interdisciplinary study of a humanities topic.
Moving up from the base, the narrowing center section of the pyramid represents the course work, extending across disciplines, but now limited to courses specifically relevant to your selected area of study.
Finally, at the apex of the triangle is either the thesis or project (HUM 7300/7400) or a capstone paper (HUM 7500). The traditional thesis option requires a 60- to 80-page paper written under the direction of a three-member faculty committee (8 credit hours). The creative project option, also pursued under the direction of a three-member committee (8 credit hours), consists of two parts: a creative product and an accompanying 25-page paper. The 2-credit hour capstone paper option requires a 30-page paper under the direction of one faculty member; students who take this option must do additional course work (2 3-credit hour classes).
View the Master of Humanities program information and degree requirements in the Academic Catalog.
You will, in consultation with the director, design a unified, interdisciplinary program of study, including courses to be completed in at least two departments.
You should submit a Program of Study (PDF) in preliminary form after completing 9 credit hours and in a final form no later than the semester prior to the completion of course work. The completed Program of Study (PDF) includes a brief description of your program emphasis, a list of courses taken, and a brief description of your culminating thesis or project. Program of Study forms are also available in the humanities office.
Requirements for regular admission are a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 30 semester hours (or equivalent) in liberal arts courses, with an overall grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale). Applicants with deficiencies may be required to take additional background courses.
Applicants who do not meet the regular admission requirements but who do meet the Graduate School admission requirements may be granted conditional admission.
A maximum of three courses, normally not to exceed 9 semester hours of credit, may be accepted in transfer for work completed at the master's level at other accredited institutions. Such transfer credits are subject to approval by the program as well as to the regulations of the Graduate School.
All questions about the admissions process should be directed to the program director, Dr. Valerie Stoker. If you are pursuing one of the program emphases, consult the relevant faculty members during the application process for additional information and/or requirements.
The Master of Humanities program admits students for both fall and spring semesters. Please note the following deadlines for priority admissions. While you may be admitted after these dates, first consideration will be given to those who complete the application process prior to it. If you apply after the deadline, you will be admitted only if places are available in the program for that year. If no places are available, you may have to defer admission until a later date.
All applications should be submitted at least a month before the start of the term for which you are applying. Receipt of transcripts and letters of recommendation often takes some time, and no admission decision will be made until the application is complete.
The Graduate School coordinates the processing of applications and forwards them to the humanities program for evaluation. All applications must be submitted electronically. Visit the Graduate School website to apply online.
In addition to the application form, a complete application must include the following materials:
Submissions by mail: Hard copies of materials pertaining to the application should be submitted to the following address:
Wright State University
344 Student Union
3640 Col. Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH 45435-0001