Global Humanities (M.A.)

Study global culture in historic and contemporary contexts—through history, literature, geography, philosophy, religion, language, economics, politics, film and art.

Towson University’s master’s program in global humanities fosters interdisciplinary inquiry into ideas related to the human condition. With its global focus on humanitarian and cultural issues, the program prepares graduates to serve as effective, ethical leaders and engaged citizens.

This program is a quality and affordable graduate degree for students pursuing careers in NGO and non-profit work, education, arts management, film, library services, IT development, business, economics, communications and public relations, as well as government career sectors. Students also use the degree as a stepping stone to competitive Ph.D. programs in humanities-related fields. 

Why Earn a Master’s Degree in Global Humanities?

Through the study of global humanities, you’ll gain the cultural and historical awareness necessary to understand complex issues of global interactions, not only in the contemporary moment but as things change over time. Knowledge of past events and developments provides insight for the present and future.

You’ll learn to successfully and humanely negotiate the increased diversity of our world as it changes in interrelated ways, through economic exchange, war, the mass movement of refugees and migrants, terrorism, and climate disruption. 


Program Advantages

  • Students receive considerable personal attention as most classes have fewer than 16 students.
  • The program’s small size makes it ideal for students who wish to orient the program offerings toward their own needs and interests.
  • You’ll study with a diverse, internationally-known faculty who are actively engaged in humanities-oriented research. 
  • Towson University’s proximity to Baltimore City and Washington, D.C., provides students with a wide range of opportunities to engage in (and perhaps pursue an internship in) arts, cultural and non-profit programs.

Admission and Degree Requirements

View degree requirements in the Graduate Catalog

Application Deadlines

Priority will be given to students whose application and transcripts have been received by April 1 for fall and November 1 for spring admission. Students who miss the priority deadline may contact the program director via email at  to inquire if space is still available for the forthcoming semester.

Read more about applying to the program

Contact Information

Director, Graduate Program in Global Humanities
Jennifer Ballengee
College of Liberal Arts
Room 5351