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Master of Arts in Comparative Humanities

Master of Arts in Comparative Humanities

  • QS World University Rankings
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  • Study Level Masters
  • Duration 12 months
The Master of Arts in Comparative Humanities offers students the opportunity to pursue rigorous humanistic studies within cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural frameworks. Our synergistic one-year graduate program focuses on avenues of inquiry that bridge intellectual traditions, geographies, nationalities, historical periods, and/or vernaculars. This unique interdisciplinary paradigm facilitates the development of a multi-faceted approach to language, literature, and culture. Program of Study All students must successfully complete the following requirements, which include eight semester-long courses: A. COMH 201a: MACH Proseminar This fall-term seminar meets weekly to explore innovative approaches to, and theoretical frameworks for, cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural study in the humanities, preparing students for their capstone project. B. COMH 201b: MACH Graduate Seminar Focusing on a subject of broad interdisciplinary interest within the humanities, this graduate seminar is offered each spring to provide students with a model of focused exploration. The seminar topic is chosen by the instructor with cognizance of the interests of the incoming class. The course models the methods of cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural study and provides students with an opportunity to bring their diverse interests to bear on a common topic of inquiry. This course is open to Brandeis graduate students from other disciplines. Under special circumstances, students may substitute for this course another graduate seminar chosen in conjunction with their primary advisor and the DGS. C. COMH 301b. Independent work with an advisor to complete a project of professional quality that produces original work within her or his field of concentration. See also "Capstone Project," below. D. Five Additional Courses Students must complete five additional courses within a coherent interdisciplinary and/or intercultural sphere of concentration. Together, these courses must represent at least two disciplines and/or cultures. Students will choose their curricula in collaboration with their primary advisor and the DGS based on student interest and appropriate available courses. Generally, students select courses numbered 100 and above from related departments. Please consult the links in the sidebar of this page for courses in related departments.