The Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, Master of Arts in Humanities Program is a dynamic and flexible interdisciplinary curriculum for lifelong learners interested in cultivating a deeper understanding of the connection between the Individual, the Community, and the World. This two-year, 31-unit program brings together students from all educational and professional backgrounds to talk, think, and write about the timeless ideas that have animated culture and society, as well as the contemporary issues we face in Los Angeles, the Pacific Rim, and our larger global environment.
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FLEXIBILITY. Our innovative Weekend Format redistributes the weekly coursework for a traditional fifteen-week semester into six non-consecutive weekends of class instruction--an ideal arrangement for busy adults with multiple commitments at home or at work. Instead of taking night classes after a long day at work, our students take classes every two to three weeks on the beautiful, historic Doheny campus. Flexible enrollment policies also allow for year-round matriculation and part-time, full-time, or accelerated study options.
CHOICE. Our program allows students to design a course of study that is best for them. Students can choose an interdisciplinary course of study leading to the MA Humanities degree or a select a concentration in one of the major fields of study, i.e. Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, English, or History. Choice extends to include the culminating project, a “capstone” to students’ studies that can take the form of a master’s thesis, a creative project, or a creative writing piece. This ability to choose a personalized final project has enabled our outstanding Humanities graduates to seamlessly convert their academic efforts into a real-world context through such rewarding accomplishments as publications, museum exhibitions, portfolio building, etc.
QUALITY. Small class sizes, state of the art classrooms, accomplished faculty, and an outstanding reputation make the Mount St. Mary’s College Los Angeles MA in Humanities Program a clear choice for discerning individuals looking for a high quality educational experience. The MA in Humanities Program is an associate member of the prestigious Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs. Year after year, the Mount continues to draw talented, successful individuals from the community to its classrooms. Students enrolled in the Humanities Program can rely on a rigorous and enriching educational experience.
TRAVEL. Every year, students have the opportunity to enroll in a Travel Study course that integrates a tailor-made course curriculum with travel to important cultural and historical landmarks around the world for an enriching and exciting learning experience.
OPPORTUNITY. Humanities classes are designed to cultivate students’ oral and written communication, critical and analytical thinking, and creative problem solving skills. Writing, research, and career counselors are also available to assist MA Humanities students in honing marketable skills that have helped our graduates advance or change their careers. Many of our students have found that they possess a greater facility in the workplace because they are comfortable with engaging in multiple disciplines. A graduate Humanities degree from Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles can lead to a rewarding and fulfilling career in today’s increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.