Humanities (M.A.)

This program is not currently admitting new students.

Housed in the College of Liberal Arts, this program bridges four disciplines and draws on faculty members in the departments of philosophy and religious studies, English language and literature, foreign languages, and history.

In the Master of Arts in Humanities, you will link significant works of literature and their intellectual and historical backgrounds using the perspectives of the four disciplines represented in the program. Each core course engages Western and non-Western texts from ancient, medieval, Renaissance and modern times to provide context and help you make important historical connections.

Besides intellectual engagement and the chance to read influential works across disciplines, an M.A. in humanities has many uses. Adding historical and cultural depth to your educational experience — while mastering writing, research, and critical thinking — can lead to the knowledge and innovative thinking employers seek. Use it to transfer to a Ph.D. program, as a value-added asset for law school admission, to bolster content knowledge for the common core or to complete a master's degree requirement for teaching.  

No matter what career path you follow, you will engage deeply with authors of some of the world’s greatest books that are relevant to human problems in every century. You can view admission and degree requirements in the Graduate Catalog.

The Seminar

At the heart of the humanities program is the seminar, a unique learning experience that engages its members in a constructive dialogue. With a professor chairing the sessions, you present your seminar paper to the class, sharing your well-formed ideas and opinions, or thesis, on a particular subject. Through a dialectical process of inquiry, analysis, debate and criticism of your thesis, you develop rigorous thinking and public speaking skills.  

Why Towson?

  • Small classes taught by experienced faculty give you many opportunities to interact with your instructors and fellow classmates.
  • The beautiful 322-acre campus is in close proximity to the nation’s leading cultural institutions, federal agencies and policymakers.
  • The program gives you flexibility to pursue a thesis or non-thesis track in evening seminars. Work closely with an adviser to select and develop a topic in the thesis track. Non-thesis students take an additional six units approved by the department and produce an anthology of seminar papers.

Contact Information

Program Director, Humanities
Marlana Portolano, Associate Professor
Liberal Arts Building
Room 5355