The Master of Arts in Humanities is a dynamic interdisciplinary program that encourages high-level critical thinking and the development of research and analytical skills that are in great demand from employers in the fields of education, marketing, business and technology.

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Designed for graduate students who are also working professionals, Dominican’s MA in Humanities offers a flexible and integrated interdisciplinary program that fosters personal and career advancement.

Learn to make invaluable connections between human thought, expression and experience in the fields of art history, gender studies, history, literature, creative writing, music, religion, philosophy, and political theory. Students can also choose to pursue an emphasis in a particular discipline.

Program Highlights

  • Flexible schedules designed for working professionals — full- and part-time options
  • Graduates are qualified to pursue a PhD, or teach at the community college level
  • Students gain value experience through one-on-one mentorships

Program Format

Graduate seminars meet one evening per week for 2.5 hours, allowing full- or part-time flexibility for those with daytime responsibilities. The 32-unit program includes four units of thesis workshop and one-on-one mentorships. Those who opt not to complete a thesis project can take the equivalent units as a seminar class.

Career Paths

In this program, students learn high-level critical thinking, research and analytical skills that are in demand in a broad variety of fields, including education, marketing, business and technology, as well as community and social organizations. Graduates are also qualified to pursue a PhD and teach at the community college level.

Going back to graduate school after having had several careers opened up new worlds for me — and a new career!"
— Stephenie Hendricks, MAH Alumna

BA-to-MA 4+1

Program undergraduate students can pursue a Master’s degree in Humanities at Dominican by taking up to 12 units of graduate humanities seminars as an undergraduate. Students spend an average of five years at Dominican and leave with an undergraduate degree as well as an MA in Humanities.

Membership Association and Sponsor

Dominican University of California is a member institution of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP). AGLSP is a professional organization of over 80 member institutions providing graduate interdisciplinary education in the liberal arts and sciences.

The Association provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among the administrators of programs granting degrees that are interdisciplinary in nature and adhere to the values of liberal arts education.

Students in our Master of Arts in Humanities program are encouraged to attend the AGLSP annual conference, where students, faculty, alumni, and program administrators have an opportunity to present papers, attend panel discussions, and hear guest speakers with significant scholarly expertise in the field of humanities.

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Admissions and Aid

For fall 2020 admissions information (or later), please contact your Humanities Graduate Admissions Counselor. 

Graduate Admissions Counselor

Learn about tuition per unit, additional fees and total tuition.

We'll also show you how a Dominican education is more affordable than you might think with support from financial aid, scholarships and loans. 

Tuition and Aid

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MS in Education

Students interested in studying the humanities, might also be interested in Dominican’s Master of Science (MS) in Education. Study multiple graduate fields, including humanities and counseling psychology, through this flexible, dynamic master's program.

MS in Education
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MFA Creative Writing

Our low-residency MFA in Creative Writing welcomes you to a vibrant community of writers and dedicated faculty and could be a great path for students interested in studying the humanities.

MFA Creative Writing

Faculty and Staff

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Christian Dean, PhD

Professor of Political Science & Humanities Debate Coach
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Chase Clow, PhD

Assistant Professor, Humanities
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Judy Halebsky, PhD

Director of the MFA Associate Professor of English


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Perry Guevara, PhD

Assistant Professor of English
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Thomas Burke, MFA

Assistant Professor, Literature & Languages and Social & Cultural Studies
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Joan Baranow, PhD

Professor of English
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Christian Dean, PhD

Professor of Political Science & Humanities Debate Coach
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Leslie Ross, PhD

Professor and Chair of Art History and Visual Studies
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Harlan Stelmach, PhD

Professor, Humanities
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Jordan Lieser, PhD

Assistant Professor, History
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June Choi Oh, MM

Chair, Department of Music, Dance and Performing Arts Assistant Professor, Music
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Natalie Babler

Administrative Manager