Practicums & Careers

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
  • analysis
  • argument
  • critical thinking
  • research
  • 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.

Program Completion

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.

If your goal is professional enhancement and/or career change, you are encouraged to complete an internship practicum. The Washington area provides a wealth of opportunities for challenging practicums in government organizations, museums, schools, international agencies, and research institutions.

After Marymount

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