The Master of Arts in Humanities is based on the great ideas, works, and thinkers who defined civilization as embodied in the "great books" tradition established at the University of Chicago and now in use at other leading institutions such as the University of Notre Dame, Boston University, and Columbia University. You will evaluate humankind's fundamental topics through courses in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. You may find this online master’s degree to be excellent preparation for careers in writing, presenting ideas, and creative problem solving.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

Research, Thinking, and Writing

  • Critically analyze literary works for their contribution to the body of human knowledge.
  • Articulate written positions on ideas that stem from the great works of human thought.
  • Apply classical logic to historical and contemporary issues of human behavior, society, and civilization.

Advanced Knowledge of the Great Works

  • Examine the human experience from multidimensional perspectives from antiquity to modern times through examining leading authors and works of each age.
  • Analyze the origins and implications of the concept of individualism as it applies in concepts of tradition, power, society, and culture.
  • Use advanced science and social science knowledge, methods, and logic to inform and influence scientific and/or social processes and structures.

Degree at a Glance

Core Requirements21
Major Requirements12
Final Program Requirements3
Total Semester Hours36

Degree Program Requirements

Core Requirements (21 semester hours)

HUMN500Humanities: Research, Study and Use 13
HUMN510The Ancient World3
HUMN520Antiquity and Medieval World3
HUMN530The Renaissance3
HUMN541Enlightenment and the Modern World3
HUMN551Evolution of Life and Intelligence3
HUMN555The 19th Century: Romantic and Industrial Revolutions3
Total Semester Hours21

Major Requirements (12 semester hours)

Select 4 courses from the following:12
History and Popular Culture
History of Science
History of Religion
Evolution of Earth and Universe
Society, Class and Wealth
Individuals, Societies, and the Spirit
Total Semester Hours12

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

HUMN697Humanities Capstone Portfolio Seminar 13
Total Semester Hours3