Master of Arts in Humanities Graduate

Online Master of Arts in Humanities

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Faulkner University’s online Master of Arts in Humanities program guides graduate students through a thorough curriculum that explores the themes of the Great Books of the Western Tradition and their relationship with Christian thought. The program will challenge your ability to think critically, creatively and analytically while instilling you with the written and oral communication skills required to exhibit the knowledge attained through your studies. Like all of Faulkner’s programs, the online Master of Arts in Humanities program is based firmly on our mission and values to provide a comprehensive, faith-based education.

How Does the Program Work?

This program, which is designed to stimulate students on both an intellectual and spiritual level, taps into the teachings of the Great Books of the Western Tradition to spur thought-provoking discussions with highly qualified tutors. Here are the course’s primary elements:

  • One foundation course exploring the history and philosophy of human learning
  • Five comprehensive core courses tackling the subjects of philosophy, religion and more
  • Four independent tutorials that focus on your unique research interests, such as humanities, literature, religion, history or philosophy
  • Thesis course requiring students to demonstrate understanding of the concepts examined throughout the program’s coursework
  • Online discussions with fellow students at designated times

Why Pursue Humanities?

While the program is designed to prepare students for doctoral studies in such disciplines as history, humanities, literature, philosophy and religion, these studies also bolster communication, writing, problem solving and critical thinking skills that can open doors to numerous career opportunities. Paths taken by humanities graduates may include:

  • Teaching positions
  • Missionary work
  • Travel-related careers
  • Museum curators

Remember that these are just a few of your options – don’t hesitate to meet with your adviser for further guidance.

Study Humanities at Faulkner University

Seeking further schooling, but unable to attend on-campus courses? Faulkner’s online degree programs offer the perfect opportunity to continue your studies without stepping away from your daily life. Apply today or contact us to learn more.

Degree Plan

Foundation Course (3 hours)

HU 5311: Introduction to Humane Letters and Learning
This course examines the history and philosophy of Humane learning using primary texts in whole and excerpts. Readings may include, but not necessarily be limited to Ecclesiastes, Hugh of St. Victor’s Didascalicon, Dante’s Paradiso, John of Salisbury’s Metalogicon, Bruni’s The Study of Literature, Guarino’s A Program of Teaching and Learning, Vico’s On Humanistic Education, and Barzun’s House of Intellect.

Core Courses (15 hours)

HU 5326: Great Ideas, Authors and Writings: Understanding Humane Letters
This course examines the history and philosophy of Humane Letters using primary texts in whole and excerpts. Readings may include, but not necessarily be limited to Job, Aristotle’s Ethics and Politics, Sophocles’s Oedipus the King and Antigone, Aeschylus’s Prometheus Bound, Virgil’s Aeneid, Dante’s Inferno, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov and Wilbur’s Collected Poems.
HY 5315: Great Ideas, Authors and Writings: Historical Investigations
This course examines select historical works from a philosophical and historical perspective using primary texts in whole and excerpts. Readings may include, but not necessarily be limited to Old Testament (Joshua–Esther), Herodotus’s Histories, Thucydides’s The History of the Peloponnesian War, Plutarch’s Lives, Tacitus’s Annals, Acts, Huizinga’s Waning of the Middle Ages, and Dawson’s Dynamics of World History.
LIT 5324: Great Ideas, Authors and Writings: Literary Analysis
This course examines the history and philosophy of literary theory using primary texts in whole and excerpts. Readings may include, but not necessarily be limited to Psalms, Plato’s Republic, Aristotle’s Poetics, Cicero’s De Oratore, Quintilian’s Institutio Oratori, Horace’s Ars Poetica, Longinus’s On the Sublime, Augustine’s On Christian Teaching, Dante’s Literature in the Vernacular, Sidney’s An Apology for Poetry, and Blamires’s A History of Literary Criticism.
PHL 5313: Great Ideas, Authors and Writings: Philosophical Inquiries
This course examines select philosophical works from a historical perspective using primary texts in whole and excerpts. Readings may include, but not necessarily be limited to Proverbs, Plato’s Apology, Xenophon’s Apology, Aurelius’s Meditations, Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy, Aquinas’s Summa, Heidegger’s What is Philosophy?, and Polanyi’s Personal Knowledge.
REL 5322: Great Ideas, Authors and Writings: Exploring Religion
This course examines the history and philosophy of religious studies using primary texts in whole and excerpts. Readings may include, but not necessarily be limited to Genesis, Exodus, Plato’s Euthyphro, The Gospel of Matthew, Cicero’s On the Nature of the Gods, Augustine’s Confessions, Tertullian’s Apology, Anselm’s Cur Deus Homo?, Chesterton’s Orthodoxy, Dawson’s Enquires into Religion and Culture, and Lewis’s Mere Christianity.

Interdisciplinary Seminar (3 hours)

IDS 5301 Scholarly Inquiry and Writing in the Humanities
This course examines graduate-level scholarly inquiry and writing in the humanities using primary texts in whole and excerpts and using contemporary research tools. Readings may include, but not necessarily be limited to Aristotle’s Poetics, Organon, and Rhetoric; Cicero’s On Invention and Rhetorica ad Herennium; Lucian’s How to Write History; Gadamer’s Truth and Method; Lewis’s “Meditation in a Toolshed” and “Bulverism”; Derrida’s Of Grammatology; and Barzun and Graff’s Modern Researcher.

Independent Tutorials (12 hours)

5308, 5309, 5310, 5311 Independent Tutorials (HU/HY/LIT/PHL/REL)
This course is a focused study of an author, idea(s), problem, theme, specific topic, or historical era. The course will be designed between a student and tutor and will be approved by the Head of the Honors College. Readings, intellectual goals, and research will be determined based on the student’s interests and course of study. The course can be taken four times (12 credit hrs. total) with different content.

Thesis Course (3 hours)

5312 Thesis (HU/HY/LIT/PHL/REL)
The Master thesis is the pinnacle of this academic program in Humane learning. The thesis must demonstrate serious engagement with the Great Tradition, manifest a broad understanding of the curriculum, and also show some level of unique interaction of the authors, ideas, and readings studied in the program.

Total Hours: 36

Admission Requirements

Prospective students who wish to enroll in the Master of Arts in Humanities program must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Completed Application
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university; you must provide transcripts from all previously attended institutions.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Acceptable test scores on graduate admissions exams, including the GRE (a combined verbal and quantitative score of 297 or above) or MAT (400 or greater). Exam results cannot be more than five years old and must be forwarded directly to Faulkner from the testing service.
  • Three letters of recommendation with specific comments regarding the applicant’s academic work, professional experience and ability to successfully complete graduate study. The letters are often from the applicant’s faculty members or supervisory personnel.
  • A statement of goals and interest specifying the applicant’s interest in the program, as well as the applicant’s academic and professional background in preparation for graduate study (approximately 300 words).
  • Approval by the director of the Master of Arts in Humanities program.

To Apply

  1. Submit a completed online application.
  2. Complete and print the Official Transcript Request  form and submit it to all previously attended schools with the appropriate fee.
  3. Send all additional items via mail to:

Faulkner University
Attn: Graduate Enrollment
5345 Atlanta Hwy
Montgomery, AL 36109

Tuition and Fees

2018-2019 Financial Information

Tuition $460 per semester hour
Eagle I Initiative Fee $100 per semester ($50 if 3 hours or less)
Registration Fee $120 per semester ($60 if 3 hours or less)
Online Course Fee $55 per semester hour
Applicable Course Fees see full tuition and fee schedule

Offering Schedule

Fall

HU 5311 Introduction to Humane Letters and Learning Mondays Dr. Robert Woods
LIT 5324 Great Ideas, Authors, and Writings: Literary Analysis Tuesdays Dr. Chad Redwing/Dr. Ben Lockerd
REL 5322 Great Ideas, Authors, and Writings: Exploring Religion Thursdays Dr. David Stark
5308, 5309, 5310, 5311 Independent Tutorials (HU/HY/LIT/PHL/REL) Varies TBA
5312 Thesis (HU/HY/LIT/PHL/REL) Varies TBA

Spring

HU 5326 Great Ideas, Authors, and Writings: Understanding Humane Letters Mondays Dr. Robert Woods
HY 5315 Great Ideas, Authors, and Writings: Historical Investigations Thursdays Dr. Jason Jewell
IDS 5301 Scholarly Inquiry and Writing in the Humanities Fridays Dr. David Stark
PHL 5313 Great Ideas, Authors, and Writings: Philosophical Inquiries Tuesdays Dr. Mike Young
5308, 5309, 5310, 5311 Independent Tutorials (HU/HY/LIT/PHL/REL) Varies TBA
5312 Thesis (HU/HY/LIT/PHL/REL) Varies TBA

Summer

HU 5311 Intro to Human Letters Mondays Dr. Robert Woods
IDS 5301 Scholarly Inquiry/Writing Fridays Dr. David Stark
5308, 5309, 5310, 5311 Independent Tutorials (HU/HY/LIT/PHL/REL) Varies TBA
5312 Thesis (HU/HY/LIT/PHL/REL) Varies TBA

Note: All live seminar meetings occur 7:30–9:00 pm (CT) via Google hangout video call.



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