Master’s in Humanities – Marshall University

The Master’s in Humanities program presents an interdisciplinary approach to students while embracing a variety of fields. Conventional disciplinary studies is also an integral part to the program. Students consult with faculty advisers to determine individual plans of study. The program enhances a students ability to deal critically and flexibly with intellectual, social, political, historical, literary, or artistic issues with a broad humanistic perspective.

After completing a prescribed core of humanities courses, a student elects on of four areas of concentration:

  • Arts and Society

  • Cultural Studies

  • Historical Studies

  • Literary Studies

If a students plan encompasses courses from more than one area of concentration, they will have a strong intellectual coherence as a whole.

 Admission Requirements:

  • A score in the 60th percentile or higher on the verbal section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test or an equivalent score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

  • An undergraduate major in the humanities broadly defined.

  • An overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4, or a score in or above the 40th percentile in the GRE subject test of Literature in English.

Applicants who do not meet all of the above admissions requirements may be admitted provisionally. A provisionally admitted student must earn a grade of B or above in their first twelve hours of coursework in the humanities, the twelve hours to include the course in Expository Writing for Research (Humanities 604) and one other core course (HUMN 600, 601,
602, 603, or 605).


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