Program Requirements

The M.A. degree is open to students with undergraduate degrees in social sciences or the humanities. It requires:

  • a minimum of 30 graduate credits including no more than 1 credit of seminar, 1 credit of intersession course work or 1.5 credits from CLE (with advisor approval), and 6 credits of independent research counting toward the 30 credits.
  • at least 50% of the required 30 credits must come from courses within the department.
  • students are permitted to apply up to two classes with a grade of “C” toward their degree.
  • up to two courses from AAP or EP may be taken and counted to receive a master’s degree as long as there is sufficient rigor and prior approval as deemed by the advisor. Students must have written consent from advisor (an email will suffice) prior to signing up for the course.

M.A. students have the option to complete an independent research project, submitted as a formal essay. Students can focus on one of the department’s areas of interest, study, or research or construct their own program that complements and expands their undergraduate experience; three semesters are typically required to complete the degree. Each program of study is planned by the student in consultation with department faculty and must be approved by the faculty advisor, Erica Schoenberger.

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