Global Humanities M.A.

Degree: Master of Arts
https://www.towson.edu/cla/departments/interdisciplinary/grad/humanities/

Program Director: Dr. Jennifer Ballengee
Liberal Arts Building 5351
Phone: 410-704-5213 
Email: jballengee@towson.edu

Towson University’s master’s program in Global Humanities fosters positive change through interdisciplinary inquiry into human culture, ideas and practices. 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 non-profit and NGO work, social justice and community engagement, education, arts management, economics, communications and public relations, and government career sectors. Students also use the degree as a stepping stone to competitive Ph.D. programs in humanities-related fields. 

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university**
  • GPA of 3.00, or 2.75 for conditional admission (last 60 undergraduate units)
  • A statement of intent (500 words)
  • A research paper in any liberal arts discipline
  • Two letters of recommendation

The Global Humanities program accepts admission materials on a rolling basis, but priority deadlines are June 15 for Fall admission or November 1 for Spring admission.

Submit admission materials to Graduate Admissions.

Non-immigrant International Students

Program Enrollment: F-1 and J-1 students are required to be enrolled full-time. The majority of their classes must be in-person and on campus. See the list of programs that satisfy these requirements, and contact the International Student and Scholars Office with questions.

Admission Procedures: See additional information regarding Graduate Admission policies and International Graduate Application online.

**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.

Students who received their bachelor or master's degree outside of the United States are to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores  that meet the following requirements: a TOEFL score of 100  on the iBT, a PTE score of 5.7, or an IELTS score of 7. 

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Global Humanities requires completion of a 36-unit program of study, combining 21 units of required curriculum with 15 units of elective courses, thesis and/or internship work. Students must have the approval of the program director before registering for any elective course to count for the humanities degree. Students will select one of the following courses of study: the Thesis Option; Anthology Option; or the Internship Option.

With the approval of the program director, students may apply 6 transfer units with the grade of “B” or better to the elective requirements of the program.

Thesis Option

Required Courses
HUMA 600INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE STUDIES IN GLOBAL HUMANITIES3
Interdisciplinary Thematic Seminars (select 6 courses from the following)18
WAR
ENVIROHUMANITIES
DISEASE, LIFE, AND DEATH
TRANSLATION
POWER
THE HUMAN
RHETORIC
Elective Courses9
Electives may include topics seminars in the program, graduate seminars in related fields (approved by the director), or internships (no more than 6 units)
Thesis Course 16
HUMANITIES THESIS
HUMANITIES THESIS
Total Units36

Anthology Option

Required Courses
HUMA 600INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE STUDIES IN GLOBAL HUMANITIES3
Interdisciplinary Thematic Seminars (select 6 courses from the following)18
WAR
ENVIROHUMANITIES
DISEASE, LIFE, AND DEATH
TRANSLATION
POWER
THE HUMAN
RHETORIC
Elective Courses15
Electives may include topics seminars in the program, graduate seminars in related fields (approved by the director), or internships (no more than 6 units).
Anthology required 1
Total Units36

Internship Option

Required Courses
HUMA 600INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE STUDIES IN GLOBAL HUMANITIES3
Interdisciplinary Thematic Seminars (select 6 courses from the following)18
WAR
ENVIROHUMANITIES
DISEASE, LIFE, AND DEATH
TRANSLATION
POWER
THE HUMAN
RHETORIC
Elective Courses12
Electives may include topics seminars in the program, graduate seminars in related fields (approved by the director), or internships (no more than 6 units).
HUMA 780INTERNSHIP IN GLOBAL HUMANITIES3
Total Units36
1

The thesis or anthology must be submitted to the director by the seventh week of the term in which the student plans to graduate.

  1. Understanding and appreciating the particular insights and interventions that humanistic inquiry can make into major global issues, across disciplines and historic periods.
  2. Understanding the relevance of and potential practical applications of the humanities in historic and contemporary global culture and the challenges and benefits posed by global exchange.  
  3. Producing substantive insight into complex problems by means of interdisciplinary inquiry, practical collaborative projects, and/or community outreach.