Graduate study in the humanities disciplines – literature, history, writing, philosophy, art history, and more – helps to develop individuals with a sense of context and civic-mindedness who have a variety of marketable, wide-ranging skills:
- close reading
- critical thinking
- written and oral communication
- independent learning
Study in the humanities also enables you to think through others' perspectives to thereby acquire a renewed and engaged sense of self.
If you plan to pursue a doctoral program, you are encouraged to complete a thesis, which requires an oral defense.The thesis project – a substantial critical intervention in written form – offers you an opportunity to hone your writing and research skills, your time management and organizational skills, and your knowledge of a subject of personal interest to you.
Practicums and Careers
Internship and Practicum Sites
For students of the humanities, the Washington area
affords a wealth of opportunities for gaining valuable practicum experience in high-level arts and humanities organizations. Here is a sampling:
Current MA students can also complete practicum experiences in conjunction with Northern Virginia Community College as part of our Teaching English at the Community College post-graduate certificate
This program provides you for a variety of career options:
further advanced study and entry into a competitive doctoral program
career development or advancement in secondary and community college teaching
alternative academic careers in research, writing, editing, and the nonprofit sector