Humanities MA

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Humanities MA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Master

    • Duration:

      2 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    The Humanities are an incredibly broad subject. I includes many different disciplines, but they all circle back to the same central questions – how do art, music, literature, philosophy and religion address the human experience? What can they tell us about belief, identity and out place in the environment? What does it all mean?

    An MA in the Humanities from Laurentian University will not only give you a solid academic background in these issues, it will give you the research and analysis skills you’ll need to contribute to the ongoing debates in these fields.

    You will also learn the kind of academic and professional skills which can help make your early career. You’ll learn how to create a winning curriculum vitae, how to prepare for and present at academic seminars, how to review books and other literature, how to prepare papers worthy of publication and of course how to write effective grant proposals.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program can be delivered at full time or part time. You’ll also e able to select a thesis based stream which will better prepare you for higher level studies, or a non-thesis based stream which may be more appropriate for students who intend to go directly into the workforce or artistic practice.

    The Thesis Stream Includes:

    • Academic Culture and Practice
    • Academic Research Methods
    • Thesis
    • Non-Credited Seminar in Interdisciplinarity
    • Language Requirement
    • 15 credits of elective modules

    If selected, the Thesis requirement may be either interdisciplinary or based on a single discipline selected from amongst Hispanic Studies, Italian Studies, Classical Studies, Women Studies, Theatre Arts, Philosophy, Music, Religious Studies or English.

    The Non-Thesis Stream Includes:

    • Academic Culture and Practice
    • Academic Research Methods
    • Non-Credited Seminar in Interdisciplinarity
    • 21 credits of elective modules

    Optional Modules Include:

    • Art, Thought, Society
    • Cultural & Cross-Cultural Interpretations
    • Directed Reading Course
    • Environmental Humanities
    • Identity Formations
    • Memory and Imagination
    • Practicum
    • Selected Topics I & II
    • Text and Belief
    • Text and Theory
    • Text and Time

    Learning And Teaching

    Laurentian University is dedicated to providing a close, intimate yet professional learning environment for all of their students. Their MA programs are delivered primarily through lectures and seminars, most especially a Seminar in Interdisciplinarity which provides context for the theoretical, methodological and thematic concerns of the study of the Humanities.

    You will also have the option of taking a credited Practicum module, which will help you apply what you’ve learned in a working context.

    Career Possibilities

    This degree will prepare you equally well for a wide range of careers. Many students progress to higher level degree programs after graduation. Your pathway might be that of the PhD student or the professional, going into law school or medical school.

    Alternatively, you might go directly into the workforce. Recent graduates of this program have sought out careers in education, public administration and organisations in the not for profit sector.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in an MA degree.

    Students must have already completed a four year humanities degree at a B+ average or the international equivalent to apply. 

    All classes are taught in English or French, and all international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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