welcome to the humanities graduate program

The Humanities MA program is designed for students wishing to pursue specific cross-disciplinary, text and problem-based research projects that culminate in a well-written and satisfying thesis. Ours is a program that relies on active mentorship, small cohorts of students, and an introduction to the necessary tools of higher scholarship in fields such as classical, medieval, and renaissance thought and culture, the Asian literary and religious tradition, modernity and its critique, social and political thought, religion and culture, humanities and citizenship, and humanities and the environment. We believe in an active intellectual community to which both graduate students and faculty contribute. Those students wanting to proceed to doctoral work elsewhere can begin to lay down the basics of the background they will need to apply for and accomplish such work; those wishing for professional or personal reasons a stand-alone MA will find the Humanities MA a good vehicle to achieve their goals.

The SFU Humanities MA prepares students for more than just doctoral work. Our graduates participate in a wide range of careers, including primary, secondary, and college education, editing and publishing, media industries, and public and civil service. Through its rigorous training in critical thinking, interpretive and documentary methods, and effective writing and speaking, the Humanities MA program cultivates skills essential to almost every profession. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the many events hosted by the Institute of the Humanities, which is affiliated with the Humanities Department, such as academic conferences, public lectures, small-group seminars, and round-table discussions. Students also have access to funding in the form of grants and fellowships, teaching assistantships, tutor-marker positions, research assistantships, and other forms of financial support.
While the Department of Humanities does not offer a Doctoral Degree, its faculty regularly steps outside departmental boundaries to join academic committees formed in SFU's Doctoral degree-granting departments. Humanities faculty may also serve as senior supervisors to Doctoral students who wish to enrol in SFU's Individualized Interdisciplinary studies program (INS: http://www.sfu.ca/ins.html). Working closely with a supervisor from the Department of Humanities, students seeking admission in the INS program, will enjoy the flexibility and varied academic expertise that comes with working across departments, while becoming full members of the rich Humanities scholarly community.
Dimitris Kralls,
Graduate Chair




For further information please consult our Graduate Student Handbook