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Director of Graduate Humanities

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Master of Arts in the Humanities

The Master of Arts in Humanities program at Dominican University of California provides graduate students a rigorous, dynamic and intellectually nourishing program that affords them the opportunity to research and engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue about the human condition.

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Listen to one of our graduates discuss the value of her master's degree during the 2012  Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium at USC.


"The Graduate Humanities program at Dominican is a great investment in my career and it also gives me a chance to study the Classics and follow up on the education and ideas I've wanted to pursue my whole life." – Blake Ross


"The graduate program in Humanities at Dominican is fabulous! You can create your own curriculum to achieve your personal educational goals. Courses are taught with an interdisciplinary focus and allow for a new approach to learning."
– Susan Quaqlietti

Students gain a deeper, richer understanding of human thought, expression and experience by immersing themselves in one or more academic disciplines. They also find themselves making intellectual connections between and among fields of study—for instance, art history and political theory—and developing a greater appreciation for the scholarly pursuit of knowledge.

The Master of Arts in Humanities is designed for graduate students who wish to combine professional and academic lives and explore ample opportunities for personal advancement and fulfillment. Graduates of the program possess the requisite skills in research, critical thinking and scholarly writing to pursue a Ph.D and are qualified to teach at the community college level. 

Program Format

Graduate seminars meet one evening per week for two hours, allowing the busy working professional an opportunity to participate in this outstanding academic program. Students who wish to pursue a track that culminates in the completion of a project follow a 30-unit track. Those who opt not to complete a project are on a 33-unit track. All Applied Music students are on a 38-unit track.

The Master of Arts in Humanities program takes an integrated, interdisciplinary approach, enabling students to concentrate in one or more of the following academic disciplines:

  • Art History
  • English
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Theory
  • Religion
  • Emphasis in Creative Writing or Applied Music.

Program Features

  • Evening seminars to accommodate students juggling professional, family and academic responsibilities.
  • An interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes the connections between and among scholarly fields of inquiry.
  • Individually tailored coursework that allows students to pursue particular academic passions and interests.
  • A collaborative academic environment that enhances a sense of collegiality, camaraderie and cooperation between students and faculty.
  • Close professional relationships with faculty members, who serve as advisors and mentors, as well as teachers.


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