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Master of Arts in Humanities - Studies in Literature


The master of arts in humanities – studies in literature degree program is designed both for individuals wishing to enhance their knowledge and skills and for students intending to pursue a doctorate in a humanistic field. Thus, students have two options, a “research” or a “professional” option. Students with plans for doctoral study should choose the research option. Students may concentrate within one of the three main areas of study:

  • Aesthetic Studies (HUAS), which concentrates on the visual and performing arts, creative writing, art history and film studies;
  • History of Ideas (HUHI), which concentrates on history and philosophy; and
  • Studies in Literature (HUSL), which concentrates on literature, language and rhetoric.
All students must take two seminars in each of these three main areas of study.

Program Information

School: School of Arts and Humanities

Program: Humanities - Studies in Literature

Catalog page: MA

MA in Humanities - Studies in Literature Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Bachelor's or master's degree in arts and humanities fields

GPA: 3.3 (especially in upper-division undergraduate and graduate work)

Letters of recommendation: 3

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the completed Request for Recommendation form. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the program.

Admissions essay required: Yes

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.


Pia K. Jakobsson
800 W. Campbell Road JO31
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Office: JO 4.128

Admission Questions:
Lacey Ames

Possible Careers

Teacher/Educator, philosopher, writer, editor, classicist, historian, art historian, museum staff, artist, teacher, and various positions in research or an advanced level of professional practice

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.